The Everest region is our most popular trekking destination in Nepal. It is a difficult region of Nepal to access on foot compared to other regions, so a forty minute flight is needed to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, where a small air strip sits on an angled runway at 2,860m/ 9,383 ft. From there access to the Everest region starts by foot, weather your destination is Everest base Camp, Gokyo, Mera peak, Island peak or Mt. Everest itself, Lukla is the quickest way to access the Khumbu, Everest region. Annapurna is west of the Everest region near Pokhara.
The Solu Khumbu or Everest region is famous for hosting the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest sitting at 8,848m/ 29,035 ft. This region is not only one of the most visually stunning regions on Earth, the people, villages, monasteries and massive mountains will all keep you wanting to come back again and again to further explore this beautiful area.
It is important to prepare yourself for a trek to high altitude and be aware of the risks associated with travelling at altitude where the oxygen is far less than sea level. For example, at Everest base camp there is 50% less oxygen than you may be used to at sea level, where on the summit of Mount Everest there is only 33% of the oxygen we breathe at sea level.
In preparing to travel to altitude it is very important to move upwards at a controlled and slow pace. Above 3,000m/ 10,000 ft moving more than 800m/ 2,600 ft per day can cause excess stress on the body and can result in different high altitude symptoms. Exercising at altitude increase the red blood cell count, enabling you to safely move to higher altitude. Getting enough sleep is also a key factor when trying to get your body used to higher altitude and less oxygen and recover for multi day trekking.
It is important to be aware of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) when traveling to high altitude. This mountain sickness can be life threatening and is caused by moving too high, too quickly at high altitude. Headache, vomiting, fatigue, and muscle pain are all signs of mountain sickness and if these symptoms persist, returning to a lower altitude is the only option. But don’t worry, just because you have altitude sickness once, this does not mean it will happen on a return visit. Our schedules have more acclimatization helping you make a safer journey to altitude. For more information on altitude sickness and how to recognize the signs and treatment associated with mountain sickness, visit our our services page.