The Everest region includes Sagarmatha National Park, a pristine World Heritage site around the highest peak on Earth: Mount Everest. It is one of themost popular trekking regions in Nepal, thousands of travellers come here every year to catch a glimpse of the majestic mountains.
The Everest region, also known as Solu Khumbu region, is after Annapurna the second most popular trekking area in Nepal. It is not quite as easily accessible as the Annapurna region, but boasts enchanting Sherpa villages, monasteries and of course the highest peak on earth. Most trekkers choose the route to Everest Base Camp. From there, the peak of Sagarmatha cannot be seen, but an ascent of near Kala Pattar treats climbers to spectacular views of it.
Sagarmatha National Park, which is part of the region, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its dramatic valleys and mountains, exceptional pristine nature and the unique Sherpa culture of the region make it so special. It also is habitat for many endangered species, such as the Lesser Panda and Snow Leopard and six of Nepal’s 11 vegetation zones are represented in the park.
There are a number of festivals that are worth visiting in the area:
Mani Rimdu is celebrated in November/December at the monastery of Tyangboche. It is a colourful festival with masked dances and (comical) re-enactment of Bhuddist stories, as well as prayers and as a grand finale the destruction of a sand mandala. On the final evening there is an all-night Sherpa dance, an important social event for the local people. Book early if you want to attend, as all accommodation is quickly gone during that time
There are Mani Rimdu celebrations in Chiwang (at the same time as Tyangboche) and Thami (in May), which are slightly smaller and less frequented by western visitors.
In June Dumje is celebrated in Namche Bazaar, Khumjung and Thami. It marks the birth of Guru Rimpoche and lasts for several days, with dancing, drinking and religious ceremonies.
In Febuary the Tibetan New Year, Losar, is celebrated in the Everest region.
Images on this page courtesy of Mike Lamper.
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