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Ways to Experience Everest in Nepal

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6 of the best ways to see the world's highest mountain

With more than half of the world’s 8000m+ mountains sitting within the borders of Nepal, there’s nowhere better to go if you’re looking for a high-altitude adventure! For many travellers, however, there’s one particular mountain that’s simply a must-see.

At 8,848m above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth. Reaching the peak on foot is a serious mountaineering challenge that requires skill, bravery, training, and local expertise, but the good news is that there are plenty more ways that you can tick Mount Everest off your travel bucket list!

Here, we take a look at some of our favourite ways that you can get your once-in-a-lifetime Everest experience.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

The most popular multi-day trek in Nepal takes you through the stunning Khumbu region where you’ll experience the unique landscapes and culture of the Himalayas first hand. Beginning with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the route passes small mountain communities and ancient religious sites, and you’ll also enjoy a night in the vibrant capital of the Sherpas—Namche Bazaar.

The highlight of the trek is of course Everest Base Camp, where excited mountaineers prepare to ascend to the peak. Even without climbing to the top, the view from base camp is one of the world’s most spectacular and a wonderful reward after your epic trek.
The EBC trek is actually surprisingly accessible. Sure, you’ll be on your feet for long stretches and you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness, but you don’t need to be a superhero or have previous trekking experience to take on this famous route. The trails are very well maintained, and you can rest and recharge each night in cosy teahouse accommodation too.

Enquire now or check out the full trip with our partners at Royal Mountain Travel.

2. Pikey Peak Trek

If you’re looking for an easier trekking experience then this shorter route through the Everest foothills is a great choice. Reaching a maximum altitude of 4,065m, staying in teahouse accommodation, and passing through a number of fascinating Himalayan communities, it’s the perfect way to trek this region of Nepal in a more relaxed way. You’ll also enjoy some of the best views of Everest and other giant mountains without the high altitudes, long trekking days, and tough climbs.

Enquire now or check out the full trip with our partners at Royal Mountain Travel.

3. Gokyo Trek

Another alternative offering amazing Everest views, the big selling point of the Gokyo Trek is the lack of crowds and the feeling of being truly away from it all. It’s comparable to the EBC trek in terms of difficultly, reaching 5,400m and remaining at a relatively high altitude for several days, and some of the views here are every bit as spectacular. You can also visit the stunning Gokyo Lake—one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalayas.

Enquire now or check out the full trip with our partners at Royal Mountain Travel.

4. Everest Flight

Everest from the plane window - Nepal Flights

Every morning, assuming the weather is clear, flights depart from Kathmandu’s domestic airport that take you into the Himalayas for an amazing view of Everest from above. Prices are affordable, window seats are guaranteed, and you’ll be back in the city in time for lunch!

5. Everest by Helicopter

Everest Helicopter Landing

For a closer look at Everest from the air, you can’t beat an exclusive helicopter tour. These flights depart from Kathmandu and touch down in Lukla, from where you’ll take an epic journey which takes you as close as 5 nautical miles from the mountain itself. You’ll also see Everest Base Camp, Mount Lhotse, the Khumbu Glacier, and land at Kalapatthar (5,643m) where you’ll set foot on the mountains themselves. You’ll then enjoy breakfast at the stunning Everest View Hotel before beginning your journey back to Kathmandu.

Enquire now or check out the full trip with our partners at Royal Mountain Travel.

6. Distant Views from Nagarkot and Chandragiri

View from Nagarkot

If you’d rather keep stay closer to the ground and don’t have time for a full trek, then there are a couple of options close to Kathmandu where you might catch a distant glimpse of Everest on a clear day. Nagarkot is an incredibly charming hilltop village around 30km east of the capital, and with some great short hikes nearby it makes for a wonderful day trip or overnight stay.

Southwest of Kathmandu near Thankot, the 2.5km Chandragiri Cable Car takes you to a picturesque hill station just above 2,500m. The views on the way and at the top are truly spectacular, offering a panorama that stretches from the Annapurna region in the east towards Everest in the west.

Bear in mind that seeing Everest is not guaranteed with either of these options, but they are both unforgettable trips even if you don’t spot the world’s highest mountain.

If you’d like to discuss the right option for you with a real local expert, and for help planning and booking your perfect Everest adventure, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team!

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