The 7 best places to view Mount Everest

 

Difficulty: Easy

Just a one hour drive from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley is the village of Nagarkot. Situated at an elevation of 2,175 metres (7,135 ft) above sea level the village is known for its great view of the Himalayas, including of course Mount Everest. Ideal for visitors short on time or unable to complete strenuous hikes.

7. Nagarkot Village

 

Difficulty: Easy

In southern China, within the Autonomous Region Of Tibet is an 800 kilometre (500 mile) scenic stretch of road known as the Friendship Highway, stretching from the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, to the border with Nepal. Along the way visitors should look out for the Gyawu La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,198 metres (17,053 ft) above sea level it offers a magnificent distant view of the high Himalayas, including Mount Everest.

6. Gyawu La Pass

 

Difficulty: Challenging

First built in 1916 in the Tenboche Village Of Khumjung, at the southern edge of Sagarmatha National Park is the Tibetan Buddhist Tenboche Monastery. Located at an elevation of 3,867 metres (12,687 ft) above sea level the monastery sits within an area of outstanding natural beauty, with views of the highest Himalayan mountains, including Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablan, Thamserku and of course Mount Everest. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1934, what stands there today was subsequently rebuilt as recently as 1989, though some of it was again damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Situated at the mid way station of the trail to Everest Base Camp, the trek to the monastery alone takes three days, though a four or five day trek is preferred due to the acclimatization needed for high altitudes.

5. Tenboche Monastery

 

Difficulty: Moderate

South of Sagarmatha National Park in the lower Everest Region is a view known as Pikey Peak. Sitting at an elevation of 4,065 metres (13,336 ft) above sea level, its distance offers visitors a more encompassing view of Everest and the surrounding high mountains. The trek to Pikey Peak takes around seven days, with four to nine hours of hiking per day. The first man to climb Everest, Edmund Hilary, called Pikey Peak the best view in Nepal.

4. Pikey Peak

 

Difficulty: Challenging

Within Sagarmatha National Park, standing at 5,357 metres (17,575 ft) is the Gokyo Ri Mountain, offering one of the finest views in the Himalayas. From its peak it gives visitors an encompassing view of high mountains, the Ngozumpa Glacier, the beautifully picturesque Gokyo Lakes and of course Mount Everest. The trek to Gokyo Ri requires a round trip of 14 days.

3. Gokyo Ri

 

Difficulty: Easy

In the Autonomous Region Of Tibet, near the base of the north side of Mount Everest in the Dzakar Chu Valley is the Rongbuk Monastery, situated at an elevation of 4,980 metres (16,340 ft) above sea level it is thought to be the highest monastery in the world. Today, accessible by road, the three hour drive from the Friendship Highway offers dramatic views of the north face of Everest. From the monastery itself visitors can see the whole of Everest, from the base at the end of the valley to the very top, making it one of the easiest ways to see the most astonishing view of the mountain. From here visitors can easily trek to the Tibetan side of Everest Base Camp.

2. Rongbuk Monastery

 

Difficulty: Challenging

To the west of Mount Everest on the trail that leads to Base Camp is the Kala Patthar, a mountain viewpoint that allows the most accessible close up view for those of us who are not serious mountaineers. Due to the high mountains that surround Everest, its peak is often obscured from much of the surrounding region by Mount Nuptse, but perfectly visible from Kala Patthar. Situated at an elevation of 5,644 metres (18,519 ft) above sea level the view of Everest from such close proximity is considered the finest of them all. The round trip trek requires approximately 12 days and takes in some of the finest accessible landscapes within the Himalayas.

1. Kala Patthar

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