Nothing can compare to the sheer thrill and excitement of exploring the breathtaking Everest region and the soaring summit of Mount Everest. With a multitude of treks available, Everest is, without a doubt, one of the most picturesque treks you can experience.
If you are seeking the eye-opening wonder of your very first trek, perhaps just ready for a challenge or searching for an ultimate adrenaline-fueled adventure, you will literally be in awe of the stunning mountainous terrain, breathtaking landscapes, and naturally beautiful scenery.
Covering everything from the leafy foothills, glacial trails, and spectacular views of the soaring mountains and remote villages and cultures, you are completely spoilt for choice. Tours can really vary in length and group size and so there is something to suit all ages and capability levels. We have selected our top 10 best trekking experiences to whet your appetite for the world that awaits you in this fascinating mountain range.
1. 15 Day Himalayas Trekking Experience, Easy Treks & Expedition
A truly unforgettable cultural ‘must’, the 15-Day Himalayas Trekking Experience with Easy Treks & Expedition takes you on a journey to Gorak Shep Base Camp, visiting a plethora of sights along the way.
Warmly greeted in Katmandu by the professional and highly experienced trekking team, your Everest journey begins with a tour of Nepal’s heritage sites, including two of the most sacred and well-recognized sites in the world – the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple.
After a good night’s rest, the trekking excitement begins with a flight to Lukla and kicks off with a roughly 4-hour trek which gently eases you in. Each day thereafter opens your eyes to the sights of the most fabulous rhododendron-lined treks, mountain villages, and glaciers.
The treks take on average 5-6 hours, but some are shorter, and then there is a complete rest day on day 5 for acclimatization. Up until this point, you will have experienced rocky valleys, the untouched local villages, and encountered some of the longest (somewhat rickety!) suspension bridges you’ll ever have the pleasure of crossing.
The views continue to get better and better as climbing continues, before arriving at one of the most captivating Mount Everest viewing points that you’ll ever experience at ‘Black Rock’. Day 10 sees your arrival at the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp before it’s time to sadly begin retracing your steps and make your descent back to Lukla in Kathmandu.
This is truly a trek not to be missed and a memory that you will treasure forever.
2. Everest Circuit & the Cho La in Comfort, World Expeditions
The Everest Circuit & the Cho La in Comfort trek from World Expeditions is a comprehensive trek which not only takes you to Everest Base Camp, but also to the picture-postcard Gokyo Lakes. Crossing the Cho La Pass and then ascending Gokyo Ri get ‘snap happy’ as you take the most spectacular photos of Mount Everest.
And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also be able to see as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000m peak Cho Oyu to the north. Along the way, you’ll immerse yourself in Sherpa Culture in Namche Bazaar and experience life in the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde. Come nightfall, it’s time to rest in your handpicked eco-friendly lodge or exclusive eco-comfort camp.
3. Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek, Adventure Himalaya Circuit
Just when you thought trekking to Everest couldn’t become any more memorable, Adventure Himalaya Circuit has introduced an Everest Base Camp yoga trek. A 16-day trek through the mountainous terrain that takes you on a wonderful journey of mindfulness, as you combine the practice of yoga with meditation high up in the spiritual mountains.
4. Everest Base Camp, G Adventures
The Everest Base Camp Trek by G Adventures is perhaps more for the serious, experienced trekker and higher up on the challenging scale. The 15-day trek starts and finishes in Kathmandu with a nice small group size averaging 10 people. Taken through the charming Sherpa villages by your knowledgeable G Adventures team, you will have countless opportunities to meet the locals and experience Nepal in all its true, raw, unspoiled glory.
5. Annapurna & Everest in Style, Mountain Kingdoms
Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients and with a maximum group size of 12, experience Annapurna & Everest in style with Mountain Kingdoms. This well-paced trek consists of 17 days of moderate walking & trekking through arguably two of the most beautiful regions of the Himalayas. Professionally-trained English-speaking Sirdars accompany the group as you explore some of the most celebrated peaks in the world. Of course, the climax of the trek has to be the absolutely stunning views of Everest from the world-famous Thyangboche Monastery at 3,863m/12,674ft.
6. Everest Base Camp Trek, Explore Dolpo
For those seeking adventure, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Explore Dolpo is a circular loop to Everest Base Camp starting and culminating in Kathmandu. Your 14-day journey begins with a stay at one of the local teahouses tucked away amongst the Himalayan foothills, whilst the trek itself takes you on a journey through authentic Sherpa country and gives you a fabulous insight into the Buddhism culture at Tengboche and Thame monasteries.
7. Rock climbing in Pokhara and Everest area in Nepal, Explore-Share
A slightly different method of seeing the region is rock climbing in Pokhara and the Everest area in Nepal. Ideal for beginners, this private trip with Explore-Share is perfect to not only enjoy an organized rock climb but to hike or explore at leisure the Everest region. Your IFMGA guide will take you to a rock-climbing spot that’s appropriate for you, where you will encounter some of the most amazing views on earth. These tours are tailored to you so bird watching, nature tours, and hiking can be added on depending on your preference.
8. Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek, The Mountain Company
The Luxury Everest Base Camp 10-day walking trek is with a group of between 2 – 10 people, where you will explore Mount Everest in style. The Mountain Company eases you into Everest Base Camp with plenty of acclimatization days to ensure that you are physically fit and well before moving on. Their experience takes you away from the hoards of trekkers that can sometimes gather as you travel from one luxury lodge to another. Staying in Everest Summit Lodge (“ESL”) and Yeti Mountain Home (“YMH”) lodges you are guaranteed to receive a very warm welcome and high levels of service.
9. Everest Base Camp Trek, Adventure Alternative
Take a classic Everest Base Camp trek as Adventure Alternative guides you to Base Camp through the Khumbu Valley over 15 days. Starting in Paphlu you’ll spend considerable time in the lower regions away from what can be heavy Everest trekking footfall. A wonderful opportunity to experience the lives of the Sherpa community and their culture, as you stay in the lodges or homes of the local Sherpa people. What an absolute privilege.
10. Everest Base Camp Trek and return by helicopter, Mountain Rock Treks
The Everest Base Camp Trek and return by helicopter with Mountain Rock Treks is perfect for those a bit shorter on time as you will save about 3-4 days of trekking. A 6-7-hour daily trek but with the added benefit of experiencing the Everest Region from above, Mountain Rock Treks will lead you on this wonderful tailor-made journey. Commencing in Kathmandu it’s a comfortable 9 days in total, whereupon you will not only experience the culture and magnificent mountain views on foot but also witness this captivating terrain from the air whilst avoiding the hikers.
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