Nepal's Everest region is an area of high mountains, Sherpa villages, steep trails, but above all, fantastic scenery.
Roads in this area are non-existent — the road east from Kathmandu stops at the small town of Jiri, which was the starting point for many Everest expeditions before the airstrip at Lukla was built in 1964. Some trekkers, keen to follow in the original footsteps of Mallory, Hillary and Norgay, still trek into the region from Jiri, a nine-day walk to Lukla at around 2,800 m.
Lukla, however, is now the main entry point for visitors to the region: the original airstrip is now a proper (albeit small) airport, and from here the trail up to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and on to base camp is easy to follow.
Walking in the region is not easy — the trails are often steeply ascending or descending, you share the path with yaks and mules, and the altitude makes the effort harder, but the rewards include wonderful mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries and temples, and the hospitality of the local people, who live a hard life, but are always ready with a smile.
Places to visit in the Everest region
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Everest region, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Everest region
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Everest region, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Everest region
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Everest region
- Everest Base Camp The Everest region
- Lukla The Everest region
- Mende The Everest region
- Monjo The Everest region
- Namche Bazaar The Everest region
- Pangboche The Everest region
- Tashinga The Everest region
- Dhulikhel 88 miles away
- Nagarkot 88 miles away
- Bhaktapur 94 miles away
- Kathmandu Valley 97 miles away
- Kathmandu 101 miles away
- Terai 134 miles away
- Kurintar 141 miles away
- Bandipur 154 miles away
- Chitwan National Park 154 miles away
- Seti River 158 miles away
- Pokhara 180 miles away
- Annapurna 185 miles away
- Tanchock 186 miles away
- Birethanti 187 miles away
- Dhampus 188 miles away
- Ghandruk 192 miles away
- Lumbini 227 miles away
Photos of the Everest region
Accommodation choices for the Everest region
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Everest region. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The lodge at Mende (3,700 m) is perched high on a ridge above the main Tibetan trading route with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. The 20 rooms all have attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water and wonderful three-course meals are served in the dining room.
The accommodation in the Everest region is very basic and it is not possible to book a bed in advance. In some lodges you will be able to have your own room, but in others you will be sharing a dormitory with other trekkers.
Hotel Sherpa Land is a local tea house lodge of a relatively high standard. The rooms are spacious, clean and neat, although are quite bare, but the beds are comfortable with big duvets. It is the best of the local lodges in Namche.
The Everest Summit Lodge at Monjo (2,850 m) overlooks the small village and has a backdrop of the Thamserku Himal, a mountain which rises up to about 6,600 m. The lodge is decorated in the Tibetan style and the staff are friendly and welcoming and keen to look after you.
The Everest Summit Lodge at Tashinga (3,450 m) has 20 rooms which are quite small but are clean and neat with attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water, showers and western toilets. As in all the lodges, the staff are attentive and friendly and the food is delicious.
The Everest Summit Lodge at Lukla (2,743 m) is located right opposite the airport (useful when waiting for your flight to arrive - you can wait in the comfort of your lodge!). Its 17 rooms are spacious and have simple bathrooms with showers with hot and cold running water and western toilets.