Many trekkers and adventurous mountaineers are drawn to the sight and challenge the highest mountain in the world within the Nepal Sagarmatha National Park. Most fly to the airstrip at Lukla at an altitude of 2,850 meters from where the trek begins to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the ice-covered giant. Highlights en route include the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and the Tengboche Monastery. By flying in and out, the trek requires about two weeks; it is also possible to walk in, but this requires more time.
For many people, Mount Everest is synonymous with the Himalayas. Nepalese call it Sagarmatha. Tibetans refer to Chomolongma. Here in the east Nepal you encounter four of the World's five highest peaks, Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. Distinguishing features of the area include extensive undisturbed natural environments, extraordinary cultures, dramatic topography culture, dramatic topography and the opportunity to explore true Asian wilderness.
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I updated this article on April 12, 2012
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