- Experience the highest national park in the world
- Experience Sherpa culture, villages, and climbing culture
- Like all mountains around the world, the local, indigenous people were the first to see it
- Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepal. It means goddess of the sky
- In 1955, the height was adjusted to 29,028 feet and is still used by Nepal
- In 1865, it was named Mount Everest, after Sir George Everest
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma
Accessing Your Trek
To access the Everest Region, most people take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where you start the climb toward Namche Bazaar (usually done in two days). Alternatively, if you have more time and are interested village life, it’s best to start your trek from Jiri or Salleri, four days walk south of Lukla. To reach Salleri, you’ll need to take public or private road transport from Kathmandu. Starting your trek from Salleri or Jiri is a great option if you have the time.
Weather in the Everest region:
With Nepal situated in the Northern Hemisphere, its main variations in temperature coincide with the European seasons. Beyond this though, the climate is heavily affected by two main forces: winds coming over the Bay of Bengal to the south and winds coming from the main Asian continent to its north. In the summer months, from June to August, the winds coming from the Bay of Bengal dominate, bringing in the South East Asian monsoon. In the winter, from December to February, the winds from the main Asian continent dominate bringing very cold weather.
You may have read about how critical the timing is for the attempts to climb Everest and this is because there is a very short window when the winds from the North and South cancel each other out creating a period of calm. The variation in wind strength on Everest is shown in the chart opposite. Fortunately conditions lower down are much more benign.
The net result of these continually balancing climate influences are that the average temperatures and rainfall at Everest base camp are below. Of course, in the winter months most of the precipitation at base camp is snow.
Alternative Way to See Mt. Everest:
When people think of seeing Mount Everest in Nepal they often have visions of being kitted out in metal crampons, thick sub-zero mountaineering coats, goggles on an ice encrusted face after weeks of trekking. Nepal can offer this scenario, but there are far easier ways to see, experience and enjoy Mount Everest!. For those on a tight time-frame taking a mountain flight from Kathmandu is by far the easiest and quickest way to see Everest. It’s as simple as arriving in Kathmandu on day one and booking a flight for the next morning. You’ll be flying right beside the worlds highest peaks including an up close fly-by of Everest.