If you are dead looking Mount Everest from the ground, a hiking in the Khumbu region of Nepal is an adventure outdoors that suits all age groups. The familys hiking holiday in the region is limited to reaching a height of no more than 4000 m, lasting no longer than 3-5 days.
With a short and breathtaking flight you take you from Kathmandu to Lukla, a nice city at 2800 m and the starting point for the trip to Mt. Everest. From Lukla, a 2.5 hour walk to Phakding takes you to a quiet town that resembles a ski resort and an excellent base for acclimatizing. At 2600m, Phakding, with its peaks high above the clouds, offers its lush green surroundings and clean, clean waters in the stunning scenery of Dudh Kosi (Milk River).
From Phakding take a short day to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is located at an amazing 3400m above sea level and is an odd and adorable city surrounded by Sherpa life and a tourism industry adapted to deliver goods, accommodation and food to Everest trekkers. Even before trekking became the foundation stone, Namche was already a trading city at the intersection of Tibetans who traded with Nepalese. If you need to adjust to the altitude or just see the sights, Namche offers many short walks in the region.
Set in a bowl and surrounded by snow-covered mountains with ice-cold waterfalls that flow into the valley and the river below, Namche is a welcome shelter in the mountains. The town is full of shops, stalls, cafes, bakeries, tea houses and hotels. Its narrow steep paths leave little space for the many crossed yaks, but the melodic sound of their bells, the daily movement, the descending clouds and the afternoon shield makes all the Namche Bazaar a magical place. Saturday morning gives rise to a fascinating spectacle when the city is holding its weekly market, where the locals will sell their goods and buy goods.
A popular short but steep walk from Namche leads to Everest View Hotel, the last luxury hotel in the area. Another carefully rolling road takes you through Synaghoche via the helicopter, which usually brings visitors and deliveries directly to the hotel. As its eponymous name suggests, the Everest View Hotel offers the best view here of Mt. Everest and other tops. Located at about 3800m, it offers the hotels terrace where you can sit with a drink to just enjoy the view on a clear day, stunning views of Mt. Everest, kicks from behind Thanserku and amazing Ama Dablam tops, lower but no less impressive.
From Namche Bazaar, go up to Tengboche Monastery. An amazing walk, paths and trails affording striking views of Mt. Everest and other magnificent tops. The walk stretches up and follows the Dudh Kosi River, as you cross over and over again on fast steel wire fences. The path swings through small Sherpa villages, while passing through Buddhist stupor (temple) and mania stones, prayer flags and banners. Covered with prayers, flags and poles are abundant in Sherpa cities where the legend has the prayers sent heavenly with each flap of the flags. The same prayers are carved on Mani stones, some reach a height of 15m.
Located on a hill at an altitude of almost 3900 m, Tengboche is the spiritual center of Sherpas in the region. The area is considered holy with Everest expeditions that traditionally stop to receive blessings here. Located in Sagarmatha National Park, Tengboche Monastery is the base for the wildlife of the park, largely because of a religious Buddhist decree prohibiting killing or hunting. In the peaceful, ancient surrounding forests, tahr and goral, wild species of goat antelope and threatened musketeas flow. The stunning Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and other peaks dominate the landscape here.
When you return to Lukla is a highlight not to miss Khumjing. Sitting at the base of the holy mountain Khumbila, this lovely, very traditional Sherpa village has many interesting Mani stones and colorful old and new stupor. It is also worth a well-known convent house, traditionally considered a yeti scalp - the scalp of the abominable snowman. A small donation guarantees the display of this highlight, especially fascinating for younger family members.