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Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park

Chukhung, at the end of trek route which leads from Namche to Chukhung, Nepal

The Basics

Sagarmatha National Park is in the Solu-Khumbu District, in eastern Nepal and bordering Tibet to its north. Though the park is famous for its namesake mountain, several other notable mountains lie within the park, including Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. Nepal’s national bird—the colorful peacock-like danphe—can be found in the park, as well as the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people who live here.

Many people come to the Sagarmatha National Park to trek to Everest Base Camp, but this isn’t the only trek possible in the area. It’s important to be reasonably fit to undertake any Himalayan trek, but trails suited to a range of experience and fitness levels can be found. It’s not mandatory to trek with a guide and porter, but it is a good idea for safety reasons. Scenic helicopter flights from Kathmandu can also be arranged.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Permits are required for trekking in the park. If you book with a trekking company, these will be arranged for you before leaving Kathmandu, or you can collect them yourself in Kathmandu if you are traveling independently.

  • The quality of accommodation throughout the park ranges from very basic to luxurious.

  • The park sits at high altitude, ranging from 9,333 feet (2,845 meters) to 29,028 feet (8,848 meters) at the summit of Everest. Proper acclimatization is required.

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How to Get There

The most common way to get to the park is to take a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is several hours to a couple of days’ walk from the park entrance. Flights to Lukla are often delayed due to poor weather or visibility. Keen trekkers can do the “pioneers’ route” from Jiri, skipping the flight and trekking an extra week. Travelers with a generous budget can take a helicopter tour from Kathmandu.

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When to Get There

Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) are the best times to visit, as the weather is clearest and temperatures warm. However, these are also the most crowded seasons, with trails and lodges at full capacity. Winter (December-February) is not a bad time to trek, but be well prepared for the cold. Avoid the monsoon (June-September).

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Trek in the Makalu Barun National Park

Experienced trekkers seeking a more remote experience could head to the Makalu Barun National Park, to the east of the Sagarmatha National Park. The infrastructure there is much less developed, but adventurous trekkers will be rewarded with unspoiled mountain vistas and authentic local life untouched by tourism.

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