Ranked 6th best region to travel in the world – Lonely Planet
Khumbu popularly known as the Everest Region on the Nepalese side of the Mount Everest is home to the wonderful Buddhist Sherpa culture and some of the majestic mountain peaks of the world.
Loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants with spectacular mountain peaks makes Khumbu Region one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.
By Air : There are several flights flying the Kathmandu – Lukla. Also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla airport is titled the most dangerous airport in the world by a program Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010. Flights from Kathmandu take around 25 minutes.
On Foot : Jiri “Gateway to Everest” is the nearest destination about 184 km from Kathmandu. From there it is usually 6-7 days trek to Namche Bazaar.
Lukla, at 2860 m above sea level is a village in Khumbu home to the main airport of the region caters number of hotels for travelers. It is the entry and exit point for tourists and trekkers visiting the Everest Region.
Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalaya is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 meters. Popular with trekkers, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Namche the modern Sherpa capital is said to be the most expensive place in Nepal, almost three time expensive than Kathmandu. Weather of Namche is mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon season, having cool, wet summers and chilly, dry winters.
Everest Region has been a meeting point for many travelers and mountain climbers since Mount Everest first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors. Mt. Everest & Base Camp being an obvious trademarks, Everest Region does offer many other sights.
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Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867 meters (12,687 ft). Built in 1916 this monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak.
The views of Everest, Nuptse Nup II and Changtse are spectacular from Kala Patthar and there are glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse.
The other major attraction of Everest Region & one of the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha “Everest” base camp.
Located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) Gokyo Valley is one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world. Not permanently inhabited all year around Gokyo valley is a collection of houses which acts as tea houses for travelers and trekkers.
3 High Passes
Everest region provides a high-altitude challenge for the hiker looking to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. This trek offers unique views of the spectacular mountain scenery in the Everest region.
The Kongma La pass is the highest pass among them. Cho La pass is an Icy and interesting glacier crossing, whereas, Renjo La pass is recently found by an experienced Sherpas.
Better known as Island Peak, Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks of the Everest Region. At a height of 6,189m Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 from then Island Peak is the most commonly climbed “trekking peaks” in Nepal.
Climbing Island Peak is a sheer adventure and a big achievement for novice climbers who aim to summit higher peaks including Everest in the future.
In comparison Everest is one of the coldest regions. Early October to mid-November, and late March to late April is considered best to visit.
According to Rough Guide “EVEREST is more a pilgrimage than a trek: a tough personal challenge with a clear goal at the end, it passes deep into Buddhist Sherpa country, among some of the world’s most sublime peaks.”
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