With so many routes and itineraries to take in the magnificent Sagarmatha – as she’s known in Nepal – it can be somewhat daunting to narrow down which experience is best for you. And let’s be honest, with a sight this breathtaking, it’s not uncommon to want to experience it more than once.
So, for those planning to see Mount Everest but unsure of where to start, this guide will take you through eleven best ways to conquer the region. From a short taste tester with magnificent views, to a more immersive experience – such as a three week traverse in the Everest – find your right trek below for an experience that will deliver memories to last a lifetime.
The ‘easy’ way: Everest Trek
This short 12-day trek is an introduction to the villages and culture of the Sherpa people; explore the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar, marvel at the famous Thyangboche monastery (the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region), and visit Khunde and Khumjung villages where Sir Edmund Hillary established the region’s first hospital and school through the Himalayan Trust. Following established trails, you will view many of the world’s highest peaks, including the emblematic summit of Everest. The Everest Trek departs between October and May – view trip details.
For jaw-dropping views: Everest Base Camp High Flyer
This innovative itinerary allows for the typically 18-day route to be completed safely in just two weeks. Currently, this is the shortest Everest Base Camp trip available on the market and appeals to trekkers limited on time. To reduce the trip length without compromising on acclimatisation, safety or your overall experience, we replace the return journey on foot with an exhilarating helicopter flight from Lobuche back to Kathmandu. The 14-day Everest Base Camp High Flyer departs between October and April – view trip details.
Get off the crowded yak train: Gokyo & the Renjo La
If you feel that the world’s highest mountain is becoming a mainstream climbing destination, then head west instead, towards Gokyo Lakes. This is a truly remote area where you’ll see few other trekkers. Trekking slowly through Sherpa villages and yak pastures, not only will you avoid the busier trails but you will gain stunning panoramic views, particularly as you weave your way to the top of the 5400m Renjo La pass. The irony? You get to see much ‘more’ of the Everest summit compared to the views on a Base Camp trek, as you take in the Himalayas from a better vantage point! The Gokyo & the Renjo La Trek departs from September to May – view trip details.
Best of both worlds: Trek Annapurna and Everest
Ideal for first-time trekkers in the Himalaya or Nepal who simply cannot decide between the Annapurna or Everest region, this short introduction to Nepal’s highest and finest mountain ranges combines two of Nepal’s most famous trails. Showcasing their contrasts with stunning vistas along the way, you will enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at close range. If you go trekking in the Everest region in March or April, you will find the blooming rhododendron trees blanket the hills, heralding the coming of the spring. Trek Annapurna and Everest can be travelled between September and April – view trip details.
The family option: Everest Family Trek
Take your family on the trip of a lifetime on this short trek in the Everest region, suitable for children as young as 13. Allowing generous acclimatisation time and following a leisurely pace, this trip brings together some of the must-have experiences in the Himalaya. Think of stunning views of Mount Everest, interactions with the local Sherpa culture, a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, as well as a visit to the Thyangboche Monastery, the spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Everest Family Trek departs between September and May – view trip details.
The double whammy: Everest Circuit & the Cho La
Combine our Classic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes with a stunning crossing of the non-technical Cho La pass for an unsurpassed circuit trek of the Everest region. Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Kala Pattar (5545m) for magnificent views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks including: Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse and the beautiful pyramid of Ama Dablam. There is also time to visit the expedition camps scattered around the famous Everest Base Camp. Each night you will be accommodated in our private eco campsites as well as handpicked eco lodges. Everest Circuit & the Cho La departs between September and May – view trip details.
Walk at a relaxed pace: Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar for over 55s
All the highlights you would expect from a trekking tour in the Everest region are included in this well-paced trek. The added value is that you will have extra time to acclimatise whilst exploring the often overlooked villages of Khumjung and Pangboche. The longer duration of the tour also provides the best chances of climbing Kala Pattar for unrivalled views and photo opportunities of Mount Everest. Sleep well at night in comfortable eco-lodges and our exclusive private eco campsites. The Over 55s’ Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar departs in September and October, and March and April – view trip details.
The classic bucket list trek: Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
This Everest trekking holiday is designed to fulfill the dream of many adrenaline-seekers to experience the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. After a slow ascent through picturesque Sherpa villages, visiting traditional monasteries and enjoying the spectacular scenery, the trip culminates with a fine opportunity to trek to both Everest Base Camp and the nearby peak of Kala Pattar for spectacular views of the mighty Sagarmatha. The Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar departs between September and May – view trip details.
See Everest from Tibet without any trekking: the High Road to Lhasa
Take in all incredible the highlights of Tibet on this relaxed journey. Spend time in the Holy City of Lhasa, visit the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace and explore places like Gyantse and Shigatse. On this trip you will have stunning views of the Kangshung Face (East Face) of Everest. Drive to the Rongphu Valley to appreciate the huge dimensions of the North Face of Everest before heading back to the Kathmandu Valley. There is no walking involved and for everyone that is in good health, this journey provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the mighty Himalaya region and Chomolungma, as she is known to Tibetans. High Road to Lhasa departs between May and October – view trip details.
For adventurous women who walk: Women’s Everest Base Camp
Ascend in true expedition style to the base of Mount Everest with female guides and your group of female travel companions. Trekking to Everest Base Camp on this ‘women’s adventure’ means that you will get to engage in active travel experiences in a safe and supportive environment with plenty of fun camaraderie amongst your group. Our current expedition will be led by Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to not only climb Everest but to climb by new route without Sherpa assistance! Walk through the famous villages of Namche and Khumjung and visit Thyangboche monastery to get a true experience of the renowned warmth of the Sherpa culture. Women’s Everest Base Camp with Sharon Wood departs in April – view trip details.
A once in a lifetime opportunity: Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) – The Full Traverse
The full Nepal Great Himalaya Trail, so-called “trekking’s holy grail”, takes 152 days of trekking and was first available as a commercial trek through World Expeditions. It is truly an exploratory venture: covering 1700 kilometres, from Kanchenjunga in the east via the Everest region to Yari Valley in the west, and featuring trails up to 6190 metres above sea. All of Nepal’s 8000m peaks can be viewed along the way, while you also have the opportunity to experience remote cultures in hidden corners of Nepal.
In addition to the Full Nepal Traverse, which takes over five months to complete, the Great Himalaya Trail can be broken into seven smaller sections, from 18 to 34 days, and can be joined separately. GHT: The Full Traverse traditionally departs in late February – view trip details.
For more information and bookings, please contact our team of travel experts from around the world, or download the trip notes from each trip page.
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