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Best routes in the Everest region

Once you have flown into Lukla, there are dozens of trekking routes you can choose from in the Everest region.   We offer what we think are the five best routes.  Four of our recommended routes will take you to Everest base camp. The last, Mera Peak, trek offers the best panoramic view of five of the 8000m plus peaks

A map showing all of these routes is below, together with more information on each option.

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When to trek in the Everest region

The simple answer is that the best time to trek in the Everest region is in the northern hemisphere Spring and Autumn.

Two factors are behind this. First, in summer, Nepal gets the end of the massive South Asian monsoon which builds up over India in late May. This moves into Nepal in June and does not end till early September. During this period the rainfall is torrential and many of the trails become impassable. Lodges close and unless you are heroically tough, you do not want to be in the Khumbu region. 

Second, in winter it is incredibly cold at high altitude.  At night it can get down to minus 20°C. The weather is mainly clear and dry during this period but, if you do want to trek to Everest in the winter months, expect some snow showers and be prepared for the extreme cold.  If you can cope with this though, the trails will be quiet and you can have a truly magical experience.

If you have to choose between Spring or Autumn, there are two more things to think about. First, in February to May,  nearly all the attempts on Everest happen and this is the only time you can get to sleep at base camp with a climbing team.  Second, the Autumn period has always been a little drier. With changing weather patterns worldwide this is not guaranteed though.

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Classic Everest trek

Classic Everest trek

| 15 Days
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Trekking to Everest Base Camp is the adventure of a lifetime and, if time is short, this Everest base camp trek is the best option. From the exhilarating flight into Lukla to standing on top of Kala Pattar to view Everest itself, this is a trek that you will always remember.


Everest via Gokyo Lakes

Everest via Gokyo Lakes

| 18 Days
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A great Everest trek for the more adventurous hiker. This route leaves the classic trail at Namche and gets to Everest base camp via the Gokyo valley. It is a much quieter approach and makes for a circular route that avoids backtracking.


Three Passes Everest trek

Three Passes Everest trek

| 21 Days
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The ultimate trek in the Everest region covering all the four main valleys in the Khumbu. It crosses three immense passes and hikes up three peaks for sensational views of all the tallest peaks from Cho Oyu in the West to Lhotse in the East.


Island Peak and Base Camp

Island Peak and Base Camp

| 21 Days
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This is a real mountain expedition. It combines the Everest Base Camp trek with the chance to climb Island Peak for one of the best close up views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The climb itself is tough but you do not need any technical skills as you will be led by one of our fantastic Everest Summiteer guides to ensure you are in safe hands.


Mera Peak

Mera Peak

| 19 Days
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At 6476m, Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It does not take you to base cam but the does have the best views of Everest and the whole region. Mera is approached via the quiet Arun Valley before ascending onto the long Mera glacier. As with the Island Peak climb, no previous technical experience is required.


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Khumbu IcefieldOptions available on private treks

If you book a private trek to Everest base camp on any route in the spring, you can add on two exclusive options to any route:-

Stay in base camp overnight

The first option is the chance to join an expedition team and actually spend the night at Everest base camp. Trekkers normally can only go as far as the entrance to base camp and have to turn around. If you take this option you are able to spend the night in base camp. We partner you with one of the expedition teams. This gives you the chance to visit the "Crampon Point", where the climb properly starts, at the end of the Khumbu icefall.  

If you can manage to wake up in the middle of the night, it is worth the effort to see the trail of porters' headlights moving up the Khumbu icefield. They are ferrying supplies to the higher camps and all of this work starts at night as the icefall is safest when it is coldest.

Helicopter trek

everest helicopter trekWhile it is dangerout to fly up to base camp, as you are almost certain to get altitude sickness, we can fly you back down. You have the option of flying by helicopter back to Lukla or all the way to Kathmandu from just below base camp.

If you are short on time, this is the best way possible to trek to base camp and get back  earlier. Flights take off from a day's hike down from base camp and you effectively save two full days.  Of course you get fantastic aerial views of Everest and all the surrounding peaks in your journey back.

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Frequently asked questions

The Q and As below refer specifically to treks in the Everest region. You can find other, more general, questions about trekking in Nepal are answered here.

Q1WHICH IS THE BEST ROUTE?

Our favourite route is the Gokyo Lakes trek as it is much quieter than the classic Inca trail. You also trek up a great peak and cross the Cho la Pass which is very high. There is more detailed information on which routes we recommend here.  At the end of the day, how long you have to trek will probably be the biggest issue in deciding which route to choose.

Q2HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED?

We operate our shortest trek, the Classic trek over 12 days.  With arrival and departure datesthis means 15 days in Nepal.

This itinerary ensures a high success rate within a two week trip if you are short on time.  The last days trek back to Lukla on this trip is relatively long and after 11 days trekking some people find this challenging. We do offer a 13 day option as a private trip that splits this last day into two separate days.

All of the treks to the Everest region involve flights in and out of the mountain airport at Lukla. Bad weather shuts this airport down and this can cause delays in either starting your trek or returning to Kathmandu. We have one extra day in all our itineraries to leave some flexibility in your flight arrangements to accommodate this.

Q3Is the flight to Lukla safe?

The EU has all the Nepali airlines on its list of banned operators. As no Nepal airline flies within the EU the ban is pretty meaningless.  The EU's black list currently includes some 300 airlines, of which 8 are in Nepal.  It is a fact of life that flying in any third world country is not as safe as in the EU or USA.

Flying in Nepal is a higher risk  partly because they use older aircraft, but mainly because of the extreme flying/landing conditions.  If you had about a month you can trek to base camp without flying but this would involve two 24 hour bus journeys and travel by road is no safer than flying.

Before booking to visit Nepal you need to consider these risks carefully and decide for yourself whether you find them acceptable.

Q4WHERE IS MOUNT EVEREST LOCATED?

Everest is on the border between Tibet, China and Nepal. The peak actually serves as a marker for the border of Nepal and China.

Q5HOW HIGH IS MOUNT EVEREST?

The most recent  measurement was 8,848 metres above sea level. Mount Everest grows by approximately 4 millimetres every year, due to the tectonic forces that continue to push it higher

Q6IS MOUNT EVEREST REALLY THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD?

Yes and no. It is certainly the highest above sea level. But, the Earth is a like squashed ball and is wider around the Equator than at the poles. So if you measure the distance from the centre of the earth there are four mountains close to the Equator which are higher. Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador is one example.

Q7HOW DID EVEREST GET ITS NAME?

The Royal Geographical Society named the mountain after a Sir George Everest (pronounced EEV-rest) who headed a survey team in Nepal. Of course the locals had given it a name before he arrived. Everest was known in Tibet as Chomolungma. In Nepal it is called Sagarmatha, meaning Brow of the Sky. This is the name officials in Kathmandu have used for it since the 1960s.

Q8WHO FIRST CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST?

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first summiteers on 29 May, 1953.  Nobody knows which of them reached the top first.

Q9HOW MANY HAVE REACHED THE SUMMIT SINCE HILLARY AND NORGAY?

The official figures up till February of 2014 show that 4042 climbers have made the ascent 6871 times. Obviously, some of them have made more than one trip. The most frequent climbers are the Sherpas themselves. The record for the most Everest ascents is tied – held by Phurba Tashi and Apa Tashi with 21 ascents each.    The Briton with the most ascents under his belt is Kenton Cool, who has stood on the summit on eleven separate occasions. In 2007, he did it twice in the same week.

Q10WHO WERE THE OLDEST AND YOUNGEST TO CLIMB EVEREST?

The range of ages among those who have climbed Everest is staggering. The oldest person was Yuichiro Miura from Japan at 80 in 2013, while the youngest was American Jordan Romero at 13 in 2010.

Q11CAN YOU SKI OR SNOWBOARD DOWN MOUNT EVEREST?

Probably best not to try, but Davorin Karnicar did descend 12,000 feet on skis, reaching the base camp on the south side successfully in October of 2000. Yiuchio Miura (the oldest man to climb Everest, see above) skied down approximately 4200 feet of the mountain starting at the South Col in 2013.

Snowboarding seems to be even more dangerous, despite what video games would have us believe. It has been done though by two men in 2001: Stefan Gratt of Austria and Marco Siffredi of France. Unfortunately Siffredi made a second attempt in 2002 and disappeared, never to be seen again.

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