Everest Region Trekking | Why Everest Trek

  • Hemanta Budhathoki
  • Last Updated on Jun 13, 2024

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The Everest region Trekking may be notable for being the home of Mount Everest, but once you start trekking, you'll see that there is much more to explore only than the Everest region. There is no doubt that this trial will be one of the most anticipated in the world. Nepal is the land of free and dignified souls, the birthplace of Buddha and Mount Everest, which are beautiful places on Earth.

There are many questions about how one can reach one of the world's most beautiful places. You can explore three different valleys, offering stunning views, giant snowy peaks, and beautiful villages. The region would still have some of the best trekking routes globally even if Everest weren't here. Several glaciers, icefalls, tall mountains, deep valleys, and precarious settlements surround this remote mountainous region in Nepal. While living at a high altitude, the hardy inhabitants of the region face nature's harshest conditions. Mountain Everest stands 8,848m/29,035 ft high in Solukhumbu or Everest region.

Why Everest Trek?

There is no better way to experience the Everest trekking route. Through this route, one gets to experience all the highlights of the Everest region, including mountain views as well as local Sherpa culture. It is important to remember this is one of the most challenging teahouse treks in Nepal.

Major Highlights of the trek
The major highlights of the trek include:

  • Experience the most iconic mountains in the world
  • Explore the culture, villages, and climbing culture of the Sherpas
  • You will get the closest to a Himalayan city in Namche Bazaar
  • Explore the highest national park on earth
  • Stunning views of the high Himalayas including above 8000 meters mountains

What are the starting/ending points of Everest treks?

Several treks in the Everest region begin and ends in Lukla. Trekkers often fly there in small prop planes from Kathmandu, but weather can delay or cancel flights, causing a backlog of trekkers. A few extra days are essential to cover flight delays at the end of your journey, and it is more common for flights to be canceled at the beginning and end of trekking seasons when the weather is unpredictable.

While for the rest of the trekking routes like Jiri/Shivalaya to Lukla, Number Cheese Circuit, and Makalu to Everest via the Three Passes, you can travel through the bus/ Jeep trailhead from Kathmandu. As flights often get canceled due to uncertain or bad weather, you can reach the starting point without further issues. Trekking Everest without Lukla flightis also to avoid fare of flying to the most dangerous airport in the world.

Best time to trek around Mt Everest

The trekking season in the Himalayas is divided into two distinct periods: pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December). However, the best time to trek in the Everest region is between October and April, but between late November and late February, it can be cold at high altitudes.

In terms of weather, October November to early December are the best times, but the main trails are very busy; therefore, December and late February through to March offer the best chances for clear skies and fewer trekkers. You should not trek during the monsoon season, which lasts from late May to early September.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp during the autumn season 

Can you trek on Everest without a permit?

Trekking on Everest without a permit is not possible. There are two permits required to hike any route in the Everest Region, including Gokyo Lakes and Three Passes. Everest National park permit and local government permit can buy on the way.

1. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

The permit charge for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality is NPR 2000. From Kathmandu, you cannot purchase an entrance permit for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality. Trekkers who follow the standard EBC trek route will first fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and obtain their permit there. In addition, if you are following the classic EBC trek route from Jiri to Salleri, then you can obtain an entrance permit from the first village you see in the Khumbu region.

2. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit:

Either by visiting the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or by visiting the Park Entrance Gate in Monjo, you can get the permit to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. An Entry Permit costs approximately NPR 3000 for foreigners, and about NPR 1500 for Indian travelers. To get this permit, you must carry your passport details and a copy of your Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit. Since the passes are available at Nepal tourism board offices, Kathmandu, and the Sagarmatha National Park entrance in Monjo, the easiest way to get them is at the gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Prior to trekking Mount Everest, the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is the second most critical permit.


The Everest region offers fantastic mountain views, as well as alpine forests, streams, waterfalls, gorges, moraines, and glaciers. You'll pass through many Sherpa villages along the way, where you can bond with locals and learn about their history, culture, tradition, and lifestyle. When traveling in this region, you pass many Khumbu Chortens, Mani walls, prayer wheels, and monasteries that hold high spiritual significance for the residents. Everest trekking combines nature and culture, making it ideal for curious travelers from across the world.

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki is team leader of Nepal Highland Trekking and travel company. 

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