The Everest National Park is of course famous for being home to the highest point on earth. It is situated 120km northeast of Kathmandu. The region has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1979 and It covers an area of 1148 sq km.
The landscape in the region varies from alpine like in the southerly regions but becomes more harsh and rugged, dissected by deep gorges the higher you trek. Elevations range from 2845m in the south to 8848 meters and the summit of Everest in the north on the border with Tibet. At lower levels there are forests of silver fir, birch and rhododendron with juniper scrub found at around 4500m. Important mammals found in the park include the Himalayan black bear, red panda, musk deer and thar.
The majority of people who visit Nepal would like to see Everest at least once whilst they are here. The easy option is to take a mountain flight from Kathmandu. However, for those who prefer to make their encounter with this giant a much more rewarding experience there is only one way: A trek to witness the last earthly rung on the stairway to the heaven
Trekking to the foot of Everest is basically straight forward and follows an up and down route. There are also some really interesting side trekking options on the way up, a chance to get off the busy trail to visit places that provide some of the best high mountain scenery on earth.