When people think of seeing Mount Everest in Nepal they often have visions of being kitted out in crampons, thick mountaineering jackets and goggles on an ice encrusted face after weeks of trekking. Nepal can offer this scenario, but there are also far easier ways to see, experience and enjoy Mount Everest!
For those with limited time on their hands, 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.
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For trekkers there are virtually unlimited options to view Mount Everest. The first brief views of the world's tallest mountain appear over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge just after Jorsale on the forested pathway to Namche usually on the second day of trekking after a flight to Lukla.
Yet, it's from the top of Namche Bazaar that you get your first great view of Everest near the fabled Everest View Hotel (3,880m). With a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and Everest this is the shortest trek you can embark on to see the world's tallest mountain.
If you have twelve to sixteen days to spare, you will get the full Everest experience by doing the most talked about Everest Base Camp Trek in full. Starting with a flight to Lukla, you go on to Namache Bazaar, then all the way up to Gorak Shep (High Camp) and trek into Everest Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier. Avid photographers and trekkers can take a detour to Kala Pathar for a stunning, iconic panorama that takes in Lingren (6,714m), Khumbutse (6,636m), Changtse (7543m), Lhotse (8,516m), Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,863m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Kangtega (6,635m). Kala Pathar (5,643m) is uniquely placed to offer the most amazing view of all these mighty Himalayan peaks including the black triangular peak that is Mt. Everest. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!