Our trip to Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan was the perfect choice of countries with dramatically different experiences. The 74-year-old head monk informed us we were the first foreigners he had ever met or to enter the monastery.
A stunning, forbidding mountainous area that covers over 450 square miles (1,165 square kilometers), the Everest Region is home to many of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, or Sagarmatha in Nepali. Indeed, the region is filled with eight-thousanders (peaks over 8,000 meters, or 26,246 feet). Home to several native peoples, most famously the hardy Sherpas, many of whom are employed as porters and guides on expeditions to Everest, the Everest Region has few other residents - save for climbers seeking to summit the looming peaks of the region.
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A popular base from which trekkers start their climb to Everest Base Camp, or even Everest itself, Lukla is a town that is completely devoid of roads and vehicles of any type – even motorbikes. While there is an airport in town, named after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two men to summit Everest, most transportation relies on yak. In addition, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is home to a deep drop of 6,600 feet (2,011 meters) at the southern end of the runway – making Lukla one of the world’s most exciting (and hair-raising) airports.
A bustling village of about 1,500 residents, mostly Tibetans, Namche is located at 12,303 feet (3,750 meters) on the main trekking route up to Mount Everest. Namche is one of the last villages on the way to Everest, and is filled with shops, restaurants, and lodges. Visitors should note that, while Namche does have its own airport that operates charter flights, flying straight into Namche is not recommended – simply because acclimatization is required, and ideally should take place over a matter of days.
Khumjung & Kunde
The small villages of Khumjung and Kunde are located in the Khumjung Valley at the foot of Khumjung Khumbi Yul Lha, the sacred mountain of the Sherpas. Notable stops include Kunde Hospital, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966, Khumjung School (also known as Hillary School) founded in 1961, and several small Buddhist monasteries including one that very proudly displays (what it claims is) the scalp and hair of a Yeti.
At 12,687 feet (3,867 meters), Tengboche is the next stop after Khumjung and Khunde on the trek to Everest Base Camp. Best known for its eponymous gompa, or Buddhist monastery, Tengboche is also famous for being the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, who, in his youth, was a monk here. While Tengboche was originally built in 1923, it still stands today, and is home to over 60 monks.
See the legendary Mt. Everest from up-close on this challenging and rewarding 15-day luxury adventure. You’ll trek through dense forest and lush valleys, walk alongside roaring rivers, lunch in small towns, and capture unrivaled views of Mt. Everest from various breathtaking viewpoints on your hike to Base Camp.
Take a thrilling 8-day luxury adventure into the majestic Himalayas, exploring Nepal’s famous Everest region on foot. You’ll take in sights of incredible natural beauty as you trek through lush forests, walk along suspension bridges, and trace rushing rivers on this thrilling trip from Khumbu region to Namche Bazaar.
Embark on an unforgettable journey across one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. On this 10-day adventure, alight from your helicopter at the base camps of eight of the highest mountains on the planet, before venturing onwards to make natural and historic discoveries in Chitwan and Kathmandu.
Everest Summit Lodges are amongst the most comfortable accommodations in the Everest Region. They make the perfect base from which to explore local Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries. The inviting rooms have good quality beds, en-suite bathrooms, hot showers and western toilets. The rooms are dispersed amongst landscaped gardens and overlook spectacular valley views. The resorts feature a restaurant, bar, lounge area and a spa offering traditional Tibetan healing therapies. As well as having some of the best trekking opportunities in the world, guests will also have the chance to interact with the ethnically diverse local population.
Yeti Mountain Home
Yeti Mountain Home lodges provide some of the finest accommodations in the Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal. They are amongst the world's highest altitude hotels, offering trekkers stunning views of the Himalayas. Each of the lodges has 15-20 rooms, with private en-suite bathrooms, quality linens and electric blankets, as well as good restaurants.