Sublime and humbling, Khumbu, as the Everest region is officially known, is one of earth’s most awe inspiring landscapes. The soaring peaks of the Himalayas are a stark reminder of the sheer power of mother nature and the respect it deserves.
It’s easy to feel dwarfed by your surroundings, and this is a place that inspires you to really think about our relationship with the environment and how we exist within it.
This area of north east Nepal is where you’ll find the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, as well as the Gokyo Lakes, a series of sparkling turquoise lakes that can be incorporated into a trek for those with a little more time. It is also the home of Buddhist Sherpas and the legendary villages of Namche Bazaar, Khunde and Khumjunga.
Hiking in the Everest region really is the experience of a lifetime. Winding your way through rhododendron forests and traditional villages, the iconic peaks of Pumori, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Lhotse are ever present. The air is crisp and still, and astonishingly quiet save for the tinkle of bells as herds of yaks pass you on the paths.
At the end of a day trekking, there are few things more magical that watching the last few rays of the sun catching on the very tips of the mountain peaks, dazzling gold as another day passes in this spectacular place.
What to do
- Visit traditional Sherpa villages
- Trek through the region's epic landscape
- Take a scenic helicopter flight around the world's highest mountain