When measured from the base of the mountain, it stands at 8848 m (29,029 ft) tall.
The surrounding peaks of Himalayas make this region a grand delight for the eyes. Hundreds of thousands of people come here to hike and trek in the Himalayas.
Mount Everest straddles the border of Tibet (China’s province) and Nepal and can be viewed and climbed from either side.
- Sagarmatha National Park: Everest Base Camp Trek through Khumbu, the more commonly visited region on the Nepalese (southern) side of the mountain
- Qomolangma: the less-visited nature reserve on the Tibetan (northern) side of the mountain
How To Get to Mt. Everest
The make this guide useful to the majority of our readers, we’ll only focus on the Nepal side of Mount Everest.
The best thing a visitor can do here is to go to the Everest Base Camp. You can fly or take a bus or rent a taxi from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lukla. The EBC trek begins from Lukla airport.
Things to See on Mt. Everest Trek
The highest religious temple in the world is the Rongbuk Monastery. Visit it on your way to the Everest Base Camp (eight kilometers away from Rongbuk monastery).
Once you reach the Everest Base Camp which is on the northern side of the mountain, you reach the biggest base camp for mountaineers.
The base camps are not just a place to pitch your tents and rest, but when you stay overnight at a camp, then you start enjoying the feel of nearby snowy peaks.
You need to be in sound physical shape to do the climbing (if you suffer from high blood pressure then it is not recommended).
Best Time To Visit
If hiking is seriously your forte, then book your tickets for April, May or June. At this time of the year, there is no rain and minimal cold. And it is also a unique period where the flag like clouds waves above the peak.
Hence giving photographers incredible opportunities to click the Giant’s glory.
Clinics are a sparse resource in Khumbu. However, should you require medical attention there are two possibilities:
Western medicine – Kunde Clinic, in Kunde Village (above Namche) has Western-trained doctors and is a surprisingly well-equipped facility – they even have a decompression chamber for those suffering from severe altitude sickness.
Fact: Mount Everest Deaths Statistics by Year (1922-present)
On your return journey, you might like to donate your unused medicines to Kunde Clinic, though ensure that they are clearly labeled in English – even the most valuable medicine is useless if there are no instructions on how to use it.
The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a clinic staffed by western physicians in Pheriche. They give a daily lecture on taking care of your health in the Khumbu region, and, for very little money you can check your blood oxygen content and pulse rate.
This is a good place to stop at even if you are not experiencing any health problems. Check out their t-shirts, scarfs and hats, the proceeds of which go towards operating the clinic.
The Healing Center in Namche offers treatments using natural formulas. It is next to the Camp de Base hotel but entered from the path in front of the library.
This clinic provides free treatment for porters and other patients on a low income. In order to continue this service, donations are greatly appreciated.
Along the trail, you will also see small medical stations. These stations generally have very rudimentary facilities and can only realistically offer treatment for very minor ailments, such as cuts and bruises and (non-altitude sickness related) headaches, etc.
Namche also has a dental clinic, on the right side slope of the village when looking up.
Don’t drink the water no matter how pristine it appears. Use iodine tablets as a purifier or purchase boiled water.
Exceptions: Namche and Phortse have clean water supplies that the locals drink directly from the faucet. However, this may not be a good idea for outsiders lacking immunity to local bacteria, but it may be OK for brushing teeth.
It is better to carry extra batteries if you carry your camera with yourself during the trek. But the charge drains faster due to cold. The solar chargers help you charge your devices.
Still, nearly all lodges allow you to charge with an extra tip. If you are traveling from the Americas and Japan, you will need an adapter. So bring a universal adapter. All South Asian countries have British type plugs and pins.
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