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Few places on earth can touch the roof of the world. Known to locals as Sagarmatha — but better known as Mount Everest — the world's highest mountain has been calling out to trekkers and mountaineers since it was first spotted by a British survey team in 1847. Attaining the summit of Everest (a breathless 8,848 meters/29,029 ft) is still considered the pinnacle of mountaineering, and trekkers flock to trails that criss-cross the surrounding valleys in their hundreds of thousands. Created in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park covers a staggering, tortured landscape of glaciers, snowpeaks and high-altitude deserts, ringed by densely folded hills ...

Few places on earth can touch the roof of the world. Known to locals as Sagarmatha — but better known as Mount Everest — the world's highest mountain has been calling out to trekkers and mountaineers since it was first spotted by a British survey team in 1847. Attaining the summit of Everest (a breathless 8,848 meters/29,029 ft) is still considered the pinnacle of mountaineering, and trekkers flock to trails that criss-cross the surrounding valleys in their hundreds of thousands. Created in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park covers a staggering, tortured landscape of glaciers, snowpeaks and high-altitude deserts, ringed by densely folded hills that plunge down to the Indian plains. Because of the altitude and topography, the only way to reach the park is on foot, though you can shave off a few weeks of trekking by flying into Lukla, or one of the other tiny airstrips dotted around the Himalaya. If you only have time for one trek, aim for Everest Base Camp, or the viewpoint at Kala Patthar — climbing to the roof of the world is one of the essential travel experiences. It's perfectly possible to trek independently, staying in local teashops, but untold companies in Kathmandu can arrange a guided trek with porters, tents and guides.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to November and March to early May. Trekking in deep winter is only for the most hardy and warm-blooded.