Where: Solu Khumba, Himalayas, Nepal
Best season: Autumn
Best sights: Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, Tengpoche monastery and being amongst the most breathtaking high altitude surroundings in the world
Remember to bring: A sherpa guide
Watch out for: Symptoms of altitude sickness
Nepal is home the mother of all mountains – the mighty Mount Everest. The region surrounding the world’s highest peak, at 8848m, is known as Solu Khumba. It’s among the most popular trekking areas in Nepal, second only to more accessible Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal ranges from full-scale climbing expeditions to strolls along footpaths. Many trekkers aim for the Everest base camp, then make their way to Kala Pattar, a fantastic vantage point from where you can look out on the slopes of Mount Everest. The route from the remote mountain airstrip at Lukla takes 15 days, via the Sherpa Village of Namche Bazaar and the monastery at Tengpoche.
– Altitude sickness is a major and potentially fatal problem for trekkers in the Himalayas. Early symptoms include headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue and nausea. Be sure to allow plenty of time to acclimatise and if you get into difficulties, descend immediately to a lower altitude.
– It is possible to go trekking in Solu Khumba all year round, but the best weather during the autumn months.
– It is possible to organise your trek with a guide in advance, or you can hire the services of one out of the throng of sherpas or trekking company representatives which gathers around the airstrip. It’s also possible to go it alone if you prefer.
– A fee of Rs 650 is payable for entrance into the Sagarmatha National Park.
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