Trekking in the Everest Region
For decades the Everest region is the main trekking area in Nepal. The classic Everest Base Camp Trek is on the bucketlist of every hiker, but there are several other options to visit the area in a more gentle way.
A spectacular flight by aircraft or helicopter is the start of most Everest adventures. You can walk for weeks in the region, following trails that lead to remote Sherpa villages and fantastic viewpoints.
We organise all our Everest Treks completely tailormade so you can enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime trek at your own pace.
General information on Everest Trekking
The main seasons for trekking in the Everest region are October - November and March to May, depending on weather conditions.
Along the trails most trekkers stay overnight in lodges or teahouses. These are quite basic accommodations offering beds and meals for a reasonable and fixed price (rates go up the higher you go). In most lodges twinbedded rooms are available as well as a heated diningroom and (optional) hot showers. WIFI is available at an extra cost, so you will be able to share your experiences with friends from all over the world.
The lodges in the Everest region are among the best in Nepal, but still you are travelling in a remote area, so don't expect fancy luxury. In recent years standard have gone up in some lodges and there's a possibility to stay in so-called luxury lodges that offer rooms with ensuite facilities, electric heated blankets and a wide choice of meals.
Every trekker needs a permit for trekking, but our local team will arrange this for you upon arrival in Kathmandu.
On all our Everest treks a dedicated Englishspeaking guide will accompany you. He will take care of the whole organisation, so you can just focus on the hiking and enjoy your holiday. Your main luggage will carried by local porters.
Flights to Lukla, the main starting point, are weather dependable. We strongly advise to include at least 1 or 2 spare days after your trek in Kathmandu before flying home. In case flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are cancelled or delayed this gives you some extra time.
Classic Everest Base Camp Treks
A trekking to Everest Base Camp along the main trail takes at least 12 days, depending on how many day for rest and acclimatisation you want to include in your itinerary. The route starts in Lukla (2850m) and brings you via Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep it is only a couple of hours hiking to the actual Everest Base Camp or to the top of Kala Pattar (5500m), the best viewpoint on Everest.
Most trekkers include at least one day for acclimatisation in their itinerary (in Namche at 3400m), although we always suggest to take another day in Dingboche to increase your chances of succes.
If you have more time we suggest a side trip to the beautiful lakes of Gokyo. This can be combined with the adventurous crossing of 3 High Passes of more than 5000m
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a popular hike and each year thousands of trekkers make it to Base Camp. Most people with a good physical condition and without health problems, can do this trek. We advice you to do some physical training before the start: longer hikes, running, fitness,... The better your fitness level, the more you will enjoy the trek.
Everest Panorama Treks
For those who want to experience Everest, but don't want to go all the way up to 5000m, there are several lower options in the region. On these so-called Panorama Treks you walk along some ridges that offer great mountainviews. These treks are more relaxing with shorter distances and less climbing. As you stay lower, there are less altitude issues. In the lower parts of the Everest region you can also enjoy the comfort of luxury lodges.
We organise this kind of treks mostly for families with teenagers or for less fit people who like to enjoy the scenery, but are not able to make a tough 10 or 12 day trek.
Everest by helicopter
If you have limited time a helicopter-trek to Everest is a nice option. Helicopters are widely used to bring in supplies in the area, for medical assistance and to shuttle people between the villages and Kathmandu. A growing number of trekkers also take the helicopter to fly back after reaching Basecamp or they simply use it for a spectacular excursion towards the main peaks of the region. We also regularly organise 1-day helitrips from Kathmandu.
Everest in Style
The luxury lodges of Yeti Mountain Home (YMH) or Everest Summit Lodges (ESL) are found in the lower parts of the Everest-region. All lodges offer comfortable twinbedded rooms with heating and private hot showers, a cosy dining hall and a well balanced selection of food and drinks.
The lodges are located on some of the best spots in the area, mostly on the top of a village or in the middle of nature.
Yeti Mountain Home has lodges in Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Thame and Kongde.
Everest Summit Lodges operates lodges in Lukla, Monjo, Mende, Tashinga and Pangboche.
We can combine several of these lodges in a relaxing itinerary.
As we work completely tailormade. feel free to contact us for a detailed itinerary according to your wishes.
Prices depend on the hotelselection, travelperiod, number of persons, exchange rates,... Please ask for a quotation through our quotation form.