The mighty Mount Everest straddles the border of Nepal and Tibet, towering at 8850m, it is the highest mountain in the world, with wind speeds sometimes exceeding 400 km/h at its peak. Everest is over 60 million years old and has an almost spiritual status, known to the Nepalis as Sagarmatha (goddess of the sky) and the Tibetan’s as Chomolungma (goddess of universe).
On 29th May 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzig Norgay (NP) were the first to reach Everest’s summit. Since then Everest has become a Mecca for mountaineers of all nationalities, with around 6,000 attempting to follow in Hillary’s footsteps to reach the summit, but only 2,250 making it. Tragically over 200 people have died trying and of those, at least 120 bodies are still missing on the mountain.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is hugely popular; ascending through awesome panoramic landscapes to reach the camp at 5200m. Unfortunately the views of Everest from the base camp are limited, so most trekkers in Nepal take the short but steep hike up Kala Pattar, (5545m) where the views are unsurpassable. Mount Everest is just one of over 30 peaks in the Himalayas, that are over 7315m high and an amazing eight out of ten of the world’s highest mountains are in the region. Nepal has some of the most breathtaking scenery and best trekking in the world.
If trekking does not appeal, opt to take an incredible scenic flight over the Himalayas (offered locally), where you can soak up the views of a seeming endless chain of snow capped peaks, as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers, gorges and see the world’s highest and most enigmatic mountain.
See below for our range of tours that provide the opportunity to see the world's highest mountain!