Everest Region Trekking
Everest Region is one of the best popular tourist destination of Nepal, offers an unparalleled beauty to visitors. This region is home to innumerable mountains, including Mt. Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8516m.), Nuptse (7855m.), Pumori (7161m.), Ama Dablam (6812m.), Mera peak 6476m.), Island peak (6183m.), Pokalde peak (5806m.) and many more snow capped mountains. The flora and fauna diversity found in this region is additional attraction for tourists.
Solu Khumbu is justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain (8848m.), but also for its Sherpa villages and monasteries. The primary goal of an Everest trek is the Everest base camp at an elevation of about 5340m. But you cannot see Everest from the base camp, so most trekkers climb Kalapathar, an unassuming 5545-metre bump on the southern flank of Pumori (7145 metres).
Other than the problem of access, the other major complication to an Everest trek is the high likelihood of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This potentially deadly disease, commonly known as altitude sickness, is caused by climbing too quickly to a high elevation. Be sure to read the section on mountain sickness in the Health & First Aid chapter if you are planning an Everest trek. If you suffer symptoms of altitude sickness and cannot go to base camp, you can still make a worthwhile trek to less ambitious destinations such as Namche Bazaar, the administrative headquarters of the Khumbu region; Khumjung or Thamie, more typical Sherpa villages; or Thyangboche Monastery. From Tengpoche you will have an excellent view of Everest and its more spectacular neighbor Ama Dablam (6856m.).