Everest (Khumbu) Region
Everest (Khumbu) Region – Sagamartha NP
The highest mountain in the world Mt Everest or Sagamartha is the centerpiece of this region. Climbing expeditions begin here and it is this ultimate bucket list location that draws many trekkers.
The Everest region has more massive peaks than any other region in the world and it contains 4 (of 14) of the worlds highest peaks (over 8000m) including Mt Everest (8848m) which is the highest, Lhotse (8516m) 4th highest, Makalu (8485m) 5th highest and Cho Oyu (8188m) at 6th highest.
The Everest region is a place for big mountains and epic scenery, for the mani walls that line it’s tracks, for the yaks that transport goods and trekking gear throughout the region, for the Sherpa people of the region and their strong spiritual traditions.
It is the beating heart of Buddhism. Prayer wheels, gompa’s, monks and mantras. Just being present for afternoon prayers at Tengboche Monastery is enough to awaken the dormant spirituality of many visitors.
Gokyo Lakes are probably one of the most beautiful and photogenic locations in the entire region. Less visited than the route to EBC (Everest Base Camp). As is Thame, a beautiful village not on the main trail but stunning with it’s setting beside a beautiful stream and surrounded by tall peaks.
Everest region is not for the average traveller though. Much of the trekking in this region is at high altitude. The dangers of AMS (acute mountain sickness) otherwise known as altitude sickness are very real.
This region is remote and while many areas have good access to power and wifi these days it is still fairly primitive by western standards particularly in the higher altitude villages.
Here are some of the highlights of the Everest Region:
- Lukla airport – the most spectacular airport in the world
- 4 of the worlds tallest peaks including Mt Everest (Sagamartha) and over 300 5500+m peaks
- The largest concentration of monasteries in the Himalayas.
- Gokyo Lakes – arguably one of the most photogenic locations in the Himalayas.
- Beautiful Thame, surrounded by mountains and located beside the most picturesque stream in the region.
- Sherpa people and culture.
- Yaks on the trekking trails.
- Mani walls, gompa’s, chortens etc.
- Many mountain passes for adventure lovers.
- Famous high mountain viewpoints (Kala Patar 5545m and Gokyo Ri 5357m) which offer panoramic photo opportunities of the Everest range.
Not recommended for:
- people with low levels of fitness
- people with medical issues that may be prone to AMS
Read our Everest vs Annapurna comparison