Everest Trekking: The best view of Mount Everest!
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Cross my heart! If you have been thinking about a Nepal trekking, the idea of “once seeing Mount Everest” was certainly a driving force. But from where can you admire Mt. Everest most beautifully? Here is our expert tip!
Its shape is nothing special: A clunky, brightly blown rock pyramid, which is hidden behind the Nuptse-Lhotse massif. Even in the neighborhood, Mt. Everest can’t compete with the boldness of Cholatse, the sheer force of Kanchendzönga or the perfect forms of Ama Dablam. And yet he towers above them all, the highest mountain in this world!
Nepal and it’s stunning nature © Trail Angels
And you’ d like to see him once in your life! Of course, this was also a reason for me when I travelled to the Himalayas for the first time in 1992. I can still remember when on the second day of our trek I gasped along the steep path from the Hillary Bridge up to Namche Bazaar and suddenly recognized the striking shape of the rocky pyramid at a branch through the pine trees in the distance. A moment that is permanently etched in my memory, although I got to see these giants much closer and more impressive during this and numerous following travels.
If you also want to see the highest mountain in the world with your own eyes, then I have these three travel tips for you, which will offer you different, but all together unforgettable views of the “Mother of the Universe” (Qomolangma, as the Sherpas and Tibetans call the mountain).
What a panorama! The view from the grass hill above Syangpoche to Mt Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam (from left to right) © Trail Angels
1. Syangpoche – The path of least resistance
No matter on which trekking route you are travelling in Khumbu, in the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar you will have an acclimatisation day. And that’s where the hike to the few houses of Syangpoche, a good 200 meters above Namche Bazaar, comes in. Syangpoche is characterized by the long grass field, where once pilots with their Pilatus Porter planes landed at an altitude of almost 3.700m. Today the airfield only serves as a helicopter landing field. However, the hiking trail continues for another 100 meters up to a small indentation with a beautiful white stupa. This is the way to the Sherpa village Khumjung, whose stone houses you can already see from here. You follow the characteristic grass ridge to the east and climb up to a significant elevation at approx. 3.850m, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view in the north: suddenly the Nuptse (7.861m), the Mt. Everest (8.848m), the Lhotse (8.516m), the Ama Dablam (6.814m) appear in front of you.
If you want to avoid great heights on your first Nepal Trek and don’t have more than two weeks, you should choose the Everest Easy Trail! The experience on the hill above Syangpoche will be only one of the many highlights of this relatively easy and varied trail!
You can’ get any closer! At Kala Patthar you are really near to Mount Everest! If you look carefully, you can even see the famous “Hillary Step” on the summit ridge © Trail Angels
2. Kala Patthar – The classic
Maybe you’ll choose the Everest Base Camp Trail. After all, this trail is one of the most famous hiking trails in the world. And if the first stages of this trail are quite “busy” in the high season, it will become calmer with every step, at least from Dingpoche onwards. Why? Because the high altitude takes a toll and more and more trekkers are forced to turn back. Which explains the disadvantage of this trail: You have to climb really high to see Mt. Everest up close. After Tengpoche, Mt. Everest hides behind the gigantic Lhotse south wall and doesn’t show up even at Everest Base Camp! You’ll have to climb up to a blocky peak called Kala Patthar. Technically easy, but impressive 5.545m high and easily manageable from the lodges of Lobuche (4.940m) in a day trip. And if the altitude at Kala Patthar doesn’t take your breath away, the view of Mt. Everest will be effortless! Because nowhere else do hikers come so close to the roof of the world!
It was worth it: We waited until sunset at Goyko Ri and admired the flaming glow of the evening sun at Mount Everest! © Trail Angels
3. Gokyo Ri & Renjo Pass – The insider tip
The best part comes last: The insider tip Gokyo Ri and Renjo La! At least that’s one opinion, because the Everest Renjo Pass Trail combines the charm of a circular walk with the magic of climbing two magical vantage points! The hike through the high valley of Gokyo is much less frequented than the route to Everest Base Camp and impresses around the trekking enclave of Gokyo (4.750m) with a truly high alpine wonder landscape: Nepal’s largest glacier, the Ngozumpa Glacier, has dammed up five turquoise glacial lakes here, all towered by the gigantic south face of Cho Oyu (8.201m).
In three leisurely hours you can climb the Gokyo Ri (5.357m) from Gokyo. An inconspicuous mountain amidst the many glacier-armored giants, but which nevertheless reveals an unbelievable panorama: beside Mt. Everest, three more eight-thousanders – Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu – prove their reference.
More is not possible: The view from Renjo Pass to Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. And a whole sea of summits of bizarrely shaped six-thousanders © Trail Angels
For many this is the most beautiful viewpoint in the Sagarmatha National Park. For me not quite: The Renjo Pass (5.420m), it is crossed at the Everest Renjo Pass Trail from Gokyo into the remote Bhote Koshi valley, with its panoramic view is even more impressive to me. My absolute favourite place in the Everest area!
Well, you have to decide for yourself! What matters is that I could get you excited about these adventures. You will not regret it!
The graduate geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, which is responsible for the Bookyourtrail.com web platform. As a trekking & outdoor enthusiast, he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.
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