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15 Reasons to Visit Everest Region of Nepal

Mount Everest

Mount Everest (photo: lutz6078, Pixabay)

The following story is published in partnership with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.

Nepal offers the best trekking destinations anywhere in the world.

It has a great combination of natural landscapes and cultural mysteries.

It attracts all forms of traveler, including the explorer, the nature admirer, and even the luxury traveler. Unity in diversities is her specialty.

There are multiple reasons to visit this beautiful country. However, the Everest region is the first and foremost.

Visiting the Everest region of Nepal is inspiring because it revitalizes your adventurous spirit.

Pristine natural beauty, a rich cultural history, and tantalizing views of many of the world’s most admired mountains are some of the main draws.

Visiting the Everest region is like visiting a museum of mountains.

The Everest region is not just home to the tallest mountains in the world, but it's also a paradise full of natural beauty and breath-taking wonders, warm hospitality, rugged landscape, and unexpected magical corners with unforeseen fantasies.

A tour of the Everest region is the ideal way to experience this part of Nepal safely.

The beautiful mountains not only dominate the skyline but also attract the hearts of everyone across the globe. The region has plenty of admirable peaks to challenge you.

See also: How to Get Ready for a High Altitude Mountain Climb

Helicopter at Everest Base Camp

Everest (l), Nuptse (r) (photo: Daniel Oberhaus, 2016)

Everest – the tallest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many other mountains are appealing peak-climbing destinations.

However, Mera and Island Peak climbing via Amphu Labtsa La Pass make a great combination.

The most sought after Mera peak Climbing Expedition starts from Lukla; the gateway of the entire Khumbu Region.

On your journey towards the summit of Mera Peak (6,173m), you can explore beautiful Hinku Valley.

After a successful climb of Mera Peak, you can climb over Amphu Labtsa La Pass that stands at the elevation of 5,845 meters above sea level towards Island Peak (6,421m).

Although it is just a pass to trek over, it is highly technical and subtly thrilling. After conquering the pass, you will scale another beautiful peak: Island Peak.

Once the climbing adventure is over, you will return to join Everest Base Camp trekking trail at Pangboche, amuse yourself at the foot of Mount Everest, and return to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche.

This trip is truly designed to satisfy adventure hunger.

To complete this venture, you do not need to be an expert mountaineer.

You need to have good physical fitness with a strong sense of mental willpower to push forward.

Perhaps Everest holds imaginable enchantment and expectations beyond, and this may be the very reason why travelers from around the world are obsessed with the beauty of mighty Everest.

And here are the top 15 reasons why you should plan a journey to the Everest region of Nepal.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar (photo: pascalifremmont, Pixabay)

What to See in the Everest Region of Nepal

1. Culturally Diverse Hubs: Lukla and Namche Bazaar

The Everest region of Nepal holds many beautiful, culturally rich, and scenic villages and towns.

Lukla and Namche Bazaar are highlights of the Khumbu region. 

Lukla is a small and beautiful town. It is also the gateway to the entire Khumbu Region.

Namche Bazaar, on the other hand, is the main trading center and a hub for the Khumbu Region with many government offices, police check post, banks, etc.

Other remarkable villages include Thame, Khumjung, Pangboche, Pheriche, Phakding, and Kunde.

The traditional villages of Khunde and Khumjung have beautiful vistas on all sides.

2. Sagarmatha National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sagarmatha National Park is a protected area of the Himalayas in Nepal.

It is famous for being home to many of the world's tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

This park encompasses glaciers, valleys, and trails. It is also a UNESCO natural heritage site.

It is rich in biodiversity, and home to more than 118 species of birds.

Rare species like the Himalayan Monal, blood pheasant, snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda are protected.

Sagarmatha National Park is popular not only for the breathtaking beauty but also due to the cultural traditions that prevail there.

Mount Ama Dablam

Mount Ama Dablam

3. World’s Highest Mountains, including Mount Everest

The Everest Region encompasses some of the highest mountains in the world.

Among the 14 highest mountains on the earth which are above 8,000 meters, four are in the Everest region of Nepal.

Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu are those four mountains. Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kyajo Ri, and hundreds of other mountains are dwelling in the region.

4. Sherpa Culture

Another most important reason to visit the Everest Region is to get insight into the fantastic Sherpa culture.

Everest region is the main settlement of the Sherpa’s. About 6,000 Sherpa reside in some 20 surrounding villages.

They have their language, costume, religious practices, traditional houses, and social rules.

These distinct aspects of the Sherpa attract culture vultures from all countries. It is the best place to learn about Sherpa and their civilization.

5. Imposing Views of Remarkable Mountains

Visiting the Everest region offers you superb mountain views of the majestic mountains.

The views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Thamserku, etc. are mind-blowing. 

Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region of Nepal

Tengboche Monastery (photo: Stefanos Nikologianis)

6. Historical and Cultural Monasteries

Your visit to the Everest region will expose you to many Buddhist monasteries and gompas.

Tengboche Monastery is one of them. It is the largest as well as oldest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

It is a worth visiting place because it offers a panoramic view of majestic mountains of the Everest Region.

Besides that, there are many other traditional gompas in Khumjung, Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, etc. They offer an excellent taste of Buddhist and Sherpa community.

The villages full of prayer flags, small gompas, mani wall will make it more attractive.

7. Most Famous Viewpoints

The Everest region has many incredible viewpoints. One such view is Kalapatthar, the most famous of them all. It provides the most stunning views of Mount Everest and other peaks.

Similarly, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Gokyo Ri, Renjo La Pass, Pikey Peak, are some of the best viewpoints. From these places, you can easily observe Mount Everest and many other mountains.

8. Well-Managed and Safe Trekking Route

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal.

In spite of being an adventurous and strenuous undertaking, the trail passes through many high Himalayan villages with a sufficient number of tea houses for lodging.

You don’t have to miss anything, even the internet. Some of the best hotels are waiting for you.

Any trained guide who leads you towards Everest will take your safety into top consideration.

Trekking in the Everest region is well managed, and the routes are safe and secure.

Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek (photo: Ben & Gab)

9. Well-Known Glaciers and Ice Falls

The Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall are the most famous among others.

Khumbu Glacier is the world's highest as well as the largest glacier. It has a notable icefall, the Khumbu IceFall.

Similarly, Ngozumpa Glacier is a large persistent body of ice below Cho Oyu. It is also a significant crossover towards Cho La Pass or the Gokyo Lake.

10. Highest and Most Attractive Mountain Passes

The three high passes of the Everest Region include Cho La Pass, Renjo La Pass, and Kongma La Pass.

These three passes are the most attractive places as well as worth doing hiking in the Everest Region.

All three passes offer breathtaking views of massive mountains such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, etc.

11. Surprisingly Affordable Packages

In spite of being one of the world’s best trekking destinations, the Everest region offers amazingly affordable trekking packages.

It has become economical as there are thousands of hopeful climbers every year.

12. Art and Architecture

Another good reason to choose an Everest trek is the vibrant art and architecture you'll encounter.

You will see unique art and architecture in Tibetan influenced villages, monasteries, gompas, mani walls, etc. The artwork at the Tengboche monastery itself is brilliant.

Porter carrying a heavy load

Porter carrying a heavy load (photo: Petr Meissner)

13. Big-Hearted People

Throughout your journey, you will encounter the simple, innocent, and friendly Sherpa.

They will amaze you with the best hospitality, which you won't find anywhere else in the world.

Not only are they geniuses in the Himalaya, but they are also usually happy and easygoing people, too.

They are proud of their mountain heritage. They are the elite and early explorers of the Himalayas.

They befriend everybody as they are calm, honest, and patient.

14. Dramatically Improved Safety and Infrastructure

The trails toward every nook and cranny in the region have been improved. You won’t have any technical problems on the way here or back.

Now, Everest is not a 100 percent safe mountain. It will always be a remote and rugged part of the world. However, experts say that the Everest region is safer after repairs from the earthquake have been made.

15. Great Combined Treks

(Mera and Island Peak, Everest Three High Passes, Everest Base Camp, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Lake Trek)

Another essential reason to visit the Everest Region of Nepal is you can have great combined trekking packages.

The most popular and featured trekking packages include Mera and Island Peak Climbing, Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, Cho La Pass, and Gokyo Lake Trek.

Combined trekking packages are your best choice because they allow you to efficiently cover more of the Everest region in a single attempt.


This story is published in partnership with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.

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