Home to world's tallest mountain, Everest Region lies in the north-eastern part of Nepal. Also known as the Khumbu Region, the mountains in this area fall in the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. This region is naturally and culturally blessed with beautiful landscape and traditions. Though Mt. Everest is a major attraction, there are many other natural wonders that behold unique charm and exquisiteness. High altitude lakes, glaciers, moraines, mountains, forests, rivers, biodiversity, and what not; the Everest Region Trek is a paradise for all the nature lovers.
Among many other trekking destinations, Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek is certainly the most coveted one. This trek takes you to the base of Mt. Everest at 5364 m. A hike to Kalapatthar gives you an accessible close-up view of Mt. Everest along with 360o views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Pumori, etc. Gokyo Valley trek is another jeweled trekking route in the Everest Region. Gokyo lake system with 6 lakes, Gokyo Ri peak (5,357 m) and the beautiful valley with welcoming people make this place a favorite destination for all. The turquoise blue high altitude lakes refill your energy and bring out a new person in you.
"It's not about the destination, it's about the journey". But, in our case, both the journey and the destination are equally magical and enchanting. The journey to the Everest Region starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla airport. It is considered as one of the most dangerous airports in the world, and making through it feels like a big accomplishment. The trails then take us through dark and dense forests and shows the bright shine of the mountains. As the rhododendron flowers bloom, the whole landscape changes into colorful shades of pink, white and red. Gushing sounds and the cool company of Dudh Koshi follows us in major parts of the trail, which means we will cross a lot of swinging suspension bridges. This region is also a part of Sagarmatha National Park. Many rare and wild species of flora and fauna live here including Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, etc.
The social aspect of the trek has a charm of its own. The people in this region are mostly Sherpa and follow Tibetan Buddhism cultures. Thus, we can see many artistic Gumbas, Chortens, Mani walls, and colorful prayer flags along the route. The region has many monasteries including Tengboche monastery- the largest monastery in Khumbu region. The Sherpas have unique culture, tradition, and dialect; thus a trek in this region will give us a glimpse of their lifestyle. The Tibetan Butter Tea is a special tea of the region that everyone must try. October-November is the month for 19 days long Mani Rimdu Festival, which is the most important festival of the Sherpa community.
Apart from these, Everest Panorama Trek and Everest high Passes Trek are also popular among the trekkers' community. The first one is a short trek up to Tengboche whereas the latter is a trek crossing three high passes namely Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m). The perfect weather for trekking can be experienced during spring and autumn seasons; the sky is clearer for the perfect view of the majestic mountains.