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Sagarmatha National Park

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Best Time: October - November Read More

Ideal duration: 3-4 Days

Nearest Airport: Tenzing - Hillary Airport, Lukla Check Flights

"Vistas Enveloping the Mount Everest"

Sagarmatha National Park Tourism

Sagarmatha National Park is a wildlife reserve that is well known to people for its location which is dominated by Mount Everest in the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal. The location, which is in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, has been visited by tourists since the 1960s, although it was officially established in the year 1976, people have been flocking the area increased over the years because of the stunning scenery and the adventurous trails for trekking and hiking.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site has other important peaks apart from Mount Everest like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga and Gyachyung Kang. It is also a preservation site for rare species of animals and birds, like the red panda and snow leopard. The wildlife sanctuary stretches over 1100 square kilometres and is recognized as an eminent bird sanctuary by BirdLife International, making it a highly important tourist attraction for people who enjoy mountaineering and bird watching.

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Visitors can indulge in various outdoor activities apart from sightseeing and enjoying the scenic beauty of the National Park.

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  • Everest Base Camp: One of the most popular routes to trek along is the Everest Base Camp where tourists can visit the various landmarks within the Park while also enjoying the culturally rich Sherpa villages along the way. The trek lasts for 9-12 days and needs special permissions. Otherwise, there are plenty of other trails that are loved by most trek enthusiasts, which is usually guided by local Sherpas.
1. Mount Taboche: a peak that is 6500 meters high, is another scenic spot that tourists hike up to through Khumbu Valley amongst the Himalayas.

2. Kala Pattar: The highest point on the Everest Base Camp trek is Kala Patthar, which isn’t classified as a mountain but the peak offers a spectacular view of the sunrise and a close look at the Mount Everest.

3. Mount Ama Dablam: Another peak on the same trail is Mount Ama Dablam, which translates to “mother’s necklace” in the local language, has a particular structure which makes it stand out from the other peaks, and is usually hiked up by those who are trained as hikers and have technical equipment for the same.

4. Khumjung Village is located at a height of 4000 meters near Mount Khumbila and is known for the Scott Fischer memorial and the school that was built in 1961 by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust and is visited by tourists for experience the local culture of the place.

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How To Reach Sagarmatha National Park

The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla is closest to the Sagarmatha National Park, but since it is not an international airport, travellers first need to reach the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, which offers flights to Lukla which take no longer than around half an hour to reach the terminal. From Lukla, visitors can reach Sagarmatha by trekking for about two days. In case one wishes to trek for a longer period, they can choose to catch a flight to Phaplu or Tumlingtar and then trek to Sagarmatha, which would take around five days from Phaplu and ten days from Tumlingtar. 


Helicopter rides from Kathmandu to Sagarmatha are available for those who do not wish to trek, which land at the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Namche Bazaar within the Sagarmatha National Park. Visitors cannot reach Sagarmatha National Park directly by road, although they can opt to take a bus from Kathmandu to Jiri, which is about 100 kms away from the National Park, which can be covered by a trek of around ten days. One can also choose to go to Salleri by bus, which is in close proximity to Phaplu, and can then trek for around five days to reach the Park.

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