“Because it is there” was good enough for George Leigh Mallory to explain why he wanted to climb Mt Everest in the 1920’s, and almost a century later it’s a perfectly adequate response to the question of why thousands of trekkers choose to hike through Solu Khumbu to the base of that same mountain. The world’s highest peak is an obvious goal. If it were the only peak at the end of a 10 or 20 day trek, it would still be worth the effort. But it’s not.
Everest is simply the best known; the loftiest, among dozens of bewitchingly beautiful mountains that flank valleys inhabited by people whose hospitality is celebrated worldwide. To trek to this land of superlatives needs no excuse.
The name says it all. Mount Everest, Sagarmatha, Chomolungma, the “Mother Goddess of the World” is the ultimate aim for all who dream of mountains. No wonder this journey has become the most popular trek to do in the Himalayas.
Because it is there.
Magical Nepal will take you to Everest on a budget, or in luxury, the choice is yours. If you wish to leave the crowds consider trekking in to the North Face through Tibet. A road now leads all the way to the Rongbuk base camp 5182 m, and you can even trek to Advanced Base Camp at 6492 m, if acclimatised properly.
Or, if you yearn for wilderness then come with us to the East or Kangshung Face, the least known and perhaps the most challenging route of all, as it spends most of it’s time above 4000 m and has two passes to cross, one being over 5300 m.
Passing through landscapes of unsurpassed grandeur, besides observing Everest and it’s South Col from a rare perspective it also gives views of two more 8000 m giants, Makalu and Lhotse, as well as a host of other significant summits to guarantee an unforgettable camping only experience.