Well, Everest is behind us now – literally. Believe it or not, we ended up walking more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) over a 23-day period. Mountain scenery doesn’t get much better than the Khumbu. Add to that wildlife and Sherpa hospitality and it makes for one incredible experience. I loved almost every minute of it (I’ll admit the whole Chola Pass screw up was a bit much.)
But others wishing to visit Khumbu must come with realistic expectations. Clearly the region has changed dramatically since Nepal opened to the outside world in the 1950s. The Sherpas are modernizing quickly. Their villages have grown into collections of comfortable lodges designed to suit western trekkers, many Sherpas wear western clothing, and most menus in the region feature pizza, burritos, and even Swiss rosty! This is no longer a remote isolated Himalayan Kingdom!
I would strongly recommend to others out there who want to visit the region to trek off season, as we did. Peak season in the Khumbu must feel like Disneyland with three hour waits in line. Personally, I would not recommend trekking here in October or early November. Unfortunately, trekking off season adds a little weather risk to the experience. Luckily for us, we had blue skies and no snow the entire time. (Not one day out of our 23 was Everest covered in clouds!!!)
We found this great Everest webcam, so you can always see what the weather is like. Pictures are updated every minute.
The experience certainly tops our list of lifetime highlights and we would come back here in a second. But for now, unfortunately, this walk has ended and it’s back to Kathmandu for us. Actually, I have to admit I am really looking forward to a good Hawaiian pizza at Fire and Ice.