Standing at 8,848 metres above sea level, Everest is the world's highest mountain and one of its most famous. Neighbouring peaks are equally as impressive with Lhotse towering at 8,516 metres and Nuptse at 7,855 metres. Straddling the border between Nepal and Tibet, Everest has been known to Tibetans as 'Chomolungma' for centuries and holds a spiritual significance, the mountain revered as some sort of goddess with all its natural wonder and awe. Since the early 20th century mountaineers from all over the planet have been keen to summit the peak with the first recorded successful attempt taking place in 1953 by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa. Forward to the 21st century and travellers flock to Everest Base Camp for challenging trekking amongst incredible panoramic landscapes of rugged snow-capped peaks for a glimpse of the mountain of divine proportions and legendary history.
Keen trekkers can tackle Everest on one of our group treks to Everest Base Camp. Our Everest treks start with a flight to Lukla followed by a gradual ascent to Phakdingma allowing time for hikers to acclimatise. The route continues up out of the valley to famous Tibetan trading places, sacred mountains, local schools, Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries and glacial lakes before arriving at Everest Base Camp. A further trek up to Kala Pattar (5545m) reveals the best vistas of all - the west and south faces of Everest where you can even spot the climbing route up to the summit! After that it's all downhill, returning to Kathmandu for a few days to reflect on your incredible achievement.
If trekking isn't quite your thing but you still want to experience the majesty of Everest, why not opt for a breathtaking scenic flight over its snow-capped peaks. On the hour long flight you will soar above the clouds, taking in spectacular views of glaciers, lakes, rivers, and gorges and as well as incredible Everest. Alternatively enjoy a carefree drive up to Everest Base Camp on day 10 of our Nepal to Tibet tour, where you can explore the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to Everest's lofty summit without the hard work.