Best time for mount Everest hiking
Best time for mount Everest trekking are autumn and spring seasons of the year. The months of these season day time warm enough and night fairly cold. In autumn from mid September to mid of December almost days are crystal clear and enough sun shine and also weather condition is stable which makes high passes are easy to cross. The temperature will drop considerably as you trek everyday vary to high elevation- day time sunny and warm between 10C to 20C but wind is cold always and night between -5C to -10C depends on the places. Same as spring season weather condition gets warm enough stable and flowers are seen blooming everywhere. In spring from end of March to May is the best time to trek. During the monsoon and winter seasons trekking is not so much favorable due to heavy rain fall and cold as well less visibility. The higher elevation areas and passes are almost covered with snow during the winter. Trekker can choose the particular time as per their convenient time frame of the months of autumn and spring seasons. Most of the lower elevation areas of trek covers mid-hill region so these region day time pleasant warm enough and morning and evenings are cold.
Permit and fee for Everest region treks
Generally Everest base camp trekking trails do not require any trekking permits, other Everest area trails to Gokyo Valley or going any passes crossover also trekking permit free. Everest area belongs to UNESCO world heritage site and it is also area of Sagarmatha National Park. Therefore all the trekkers must have National Park conservation permit to get entry before starting the trek or also can get from the National Park counter along the way of trek. If trekkers do not get time to obtain National Park permit in Kathmandu they can get it at Monjo which we will provide and requires copy of passport and photographs.
Trekking Style in Everest region
Simply most of the Everest region treks can be organized as teahouse lodge stay basis due to well managed and facilitated local eco village lodges managed by tribal communities. So the trekking style will be hike all the day then accommodate and eat at lodge. However some places of lodges are well facilitated and really great food service but some are very basic standard which are sufficient to accommodate you and serve the foods. In teahouse lodges rule trekkers must have to eat their lunch, dinner and breakfast at same lodge wherever they stay. The most of the places have power supply or Solar or local community micro-hydro power. Trekkers may charge their camera battery by paying at lodge. Everest area trek regular route has place to place beautiful Sherpa cultural teahouse lodges you can stay and eat as you wish.
Sherpa people and culture
Khumbu region is native homeland of famous Sherpa people who are ever best known climbers in the entire world. Sherpa people are always so hard laborer themselves in the climbing field they like to keep it as their tradition. Generally their social life style depends on traditional agriculture, animal husbandry like yak farming and seasonal trek and climbing Himalayan peaks. Sherpa people are also Buddhism religious origin groups and they have several festivals ever best known Mani Rimdu festival and Lohsar. The Sherpa communities of Everest area also follow the tradition of Tibetan Bon Po origin religious tradition and still they are Buddhist with traces of their ancient, shamanistic faith followers keeping alive. The trekkers to the Mt Everest trail will encounter with many colorful Sherpa cultural activities. Particularly keeping their culture and tradition alive they have monasteries in every village where occasionally locals gather for pray.
Flora and Fauna in Everest trekking
Everest area is ever best known mysterious homeland of Yeti however it still unknown to the entire world people. Only the few lucky climbers are encountered during the Everest climbing time so the others just know about Yeti just hearing the story. Everest region flora and fauna can be found also wide variety due to the landscape spread low elevation to world’s highest point 8848m Mt Everest. The altitudes bellow 3500m areas are coved with dense deciduous forest and consisting various type of pine, oak, rhododendrons and magnolia trees. The crop under cultivation will depend on the season that we visit but expect to see wheat, barley, corn and potatoes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.
During Everest trek along there is a good chance of seeing wildlife, mostly birds including the national bird of Nepal the Impeyan Pheasant, or Danfe, which is quite common around Namche Bazaar and further way of Gokyo Lake. Other remarkable birds will include the ravens and crows of the middle hills and the coughs which soar to apparently impossible heights in the mountains. Land animals can be most elusive but lookout mountain goats or Himalayan thahr and, if you are lucky may find musk deer or barking deer in the forest nearby Debuche forest and of course lot Yaks and horses.
Getting to Mount Everest
Access to the Everest region can only be made by air or on foot walking for several days to be there. Trekkers can get bus to Jiri and jeeps for further up to Junbensi- Bhandar and from there all the way need to hike on foot. But this access is quite long days to get in upper Khumbu valley. Visiting Everest area is best option get fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and it is the most convenient. Kathmandu to Lukla in main season many flights are operated by many airlines if weather is clear.