Everest Trekking
Everest Solu Khumbu

Interesting and justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain, but also for its Sherpa villages and monasteries, the Everest, or Solu Khumbu area is the second most popular trekking destination in Nepal. The primary objective of Everest treks is either the Everest base camp, about 5,340 meters, or Kala Pattar, an unassuming 5,545 meter hump on the southern flank of Pumori (7,161 meters), which provides a fine view of Everest (8,848 metres).

One of the biggest problems with the Everest trek is the high likelihood of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness, a potentially deadly illness caused by too rapid an ascent to high elevation. Be sure to read the section on Mountain Sickness if you are planning an Everest trek. If you suffer any symptoms of altitude sickness it is still possible to make a fascinating trek to less ambitious destinations including Namche Bazar, the administrative headquarters of the Khumbu region; Khumjung or Thami, more typical Sherpa villages; or Thyangboche monastery, from which an excellent view may he had of Everest and its more spectacular neighbor Ama Dablam (6,856 metres).

The Everest region may be reached by STOL (short take-off and landing) airstrips at LukIa (2,800 metres), Shyangboche (3,700 metres), or Phaphlu (2364 metres) or by an eight-day trek from the road head at Jiri, 188 km from Kathmandu. Those who fly to Lukla miss the historic and culturally fascinating route followed by the Everest expeditions of the ''50s and '60s although the trek has changed substantially in the past 30 years. It is best to take the time to walk from Jiri, then after acclimatization and conditioning afforded by the trek, visit base camp or climb Kala Pattar and either fly out from Lukla or walk back by an alternative route to Kathmandu. Those who insist their time is limited can fly to Lukla and spend as little as six days to visit Namche Bazar and Thyangboche. It is ill advised to attempt a quick visit to base camp, because of the lack of time for acclimatization, if you fly in to one of these airstrips. You should allow at least eight or nine days to reach the base camp region if you fly to Lukla; the return from base camp to Lukla can be made in as few as four or five days, so an absolute minimum of two weeks is required for a safe trek to base camp. The timing is further complicated because flights to LukIa often do not work as planned, so those with a tight schedule would do well to allow a few spare days for both the flight in and the flight out.

 
Itinerary
Start Place Altitude Camping Place Altitude Remarks
Day 01

Kathmandu

1,400m

Lukla-Pakdingma

2,600m

by air

Day 02 Pakdingma 2,600m Namche Bazar 3,440m  

Day 03 Namche Bazar 3,440m Tengboche 3,867m buddhist monastery
Day 04 Tengboche 3,867m Periche 4,400m  
Day 05     Periche 4,400m altitude acclimatization
Day 06 Periche 4,400m Lobuche 4,930m  
Day 07 Lobuche 4,930m Gorakshep 5,160m  
Day 08 Gorakshep 5,160m Pangboche 3,985m climbing Kala Patar 5,545m
Day 09 Pangboche 3,985m Khumjung 3,790m  
Day 10 Khumjung 3,790m Pakdingma 2,600m  
Day 11 Pakdingma 2,600m Lukla 2,800m  
Day 12 Lukla 2,800m Kathmandu 1,400m by air
 
Highlights
  • Mountain flight to Lukla
  • Sherpa village Namche Bazar
  • Monastery of Thengboche
  • Monastery of Dingboche
  • Help post of Pheriche
  • Kala Patar
  • Everest base camp
  • Panorama on Pumori, Ama Dablang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse etc