The Everest Region

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.

Getting In

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

Lukla Village

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

Namche Bazaar

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

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

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.

Gokyo

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.

Imja Tse

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 GuideEVEREST 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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The Tibetan Side of Everest

The international border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal runs across the summit of the highest mountain on earth “Mount Everest”.

Known as Chomolungma in Tibet the highest mountain of the earth Mount Everest stands tall at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Then known as Peak XV, Everest attracts many highly experienced mountaineers and adventurers from around the world.

The Northen Base Camp

The Tibetan side of the Mountain, North Base Camp is at at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above the Sea Level. The base camps are makeshifts campsites that are used by mountain climbers for several days for acclimatization to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness.

The North Base camp is accessible by vehicles through a 100 km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway.

As of 2010, a visit to the North Base Camp required a permit from the Chinese government & a permit required to visit Tibet.

Base Camp for tourist is located near to Rongbuk Monastery; which claims to be the highest monastery of the world, whereas the actual tibetan base camp is located in the foot of Rongbuk glacier 8 km south to the monastery.

Kangshung Face

The Kangshung Face is the East Face of Mount Everest. Relatively unknown to the outside world till the 20th Century, the eastern side of the Everest owns complex and isolated terrain of Tibet. It is 3,350 metres (11,000 ft) from its base on the Kangshung Glacier to the summit.

The Kangshung Glacier is one of the three main glaciers of Mount Everest, the others being the Khumbu Glacier South Face” and Rongbuk Glacier North Face“.

The east side of Mount Everest is the least accessible and developed side of the mountain.

The Kangshung Glacier can only be reached following 6 to 7 days march from Khata, which includes crossing  the Shao La or Langma La passes into the Kama valley.


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Khumbu Icefall Doctors

The” Icefall doctors” are back on the highest mountain !!!!

You may be wondering what doctors are doing on those high mountains before every climbing season begins and who actually are the Icefall doctors?

The icefall doctors are highly trained team of Sherpa whose responsibility is to maintain the route up the Everest.  Dubbed as the Crack team, the icefall doctors each year install mile long ropes and ladders over the crevasses, so that the commercial team of climbers can follow the ropes and ladder through the icefall safely on their way to the to the summit.

Khumbu Icefall

Khumbu Icefall

Reaching the top of the world without any hitch is every climber’s dream. Summiting the Everest does not come easy and haves many of its own obstacles to overcome. Among the number of obstacle the nastiest one is the Khumbu Icefall, striking fright and dread into the climbers. Given the name as the “Death zone” the khumbu ice fall is so unsteady, that the route often changes throughout the climbing season.  Since the instability, the route must be maintained and rebuilt each climbing season [almost each day]. There is where the icefall doctors are called.

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall © alanarnette.com

The doctor’s carries carry the aluminum ladders, ropes, pickets, rods and ice screws on their backs into the icy web and return almost every next day to maintain and reset the routes.

crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest

Crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest © Telegraph UK

Earning almost $4500 each season, the icefall doctors enters the icefall each day to ensure the routes are in good condition due to the constant movement of ice. They risk their life only to make sure that the climbers have no problem passing the dangerous section and have an opportunity to reach the summit with no or less difficulties.

This brave and hardworking men, without them even the most skilled full and experienced climbers from around would not stand a chance of summiting the Everest each year.
  


Everest Ice Fall Doctors, part of Earth’s Natural Wonders