Khumbu Valley Trek – See The World’s Tallest Mountains

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Khumbu Valley Trek.

Khumbu Valley Trek

Route Overview

The Khumbu Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Seeing some of the best views of Everest Nepal has to offer is what this trek is all about. You’ll be trekking through the beautiful Khumbu Valley towards Everest, also spotting some of the other tallest mountains on earth including Lhotse and Ama dablam. Step back in time a few hundred years with visits to bustling and exciting monasteries including the famed ‘Monkey Temple’.

The Khumba Valley trek can take anywhere from two weeks to a month depending on the route taken.

Please Note: This trek is difficult. It is demanding in that many days will be spent at high altitude. Its isolation makes medical assistance hard to obtain and turning back in bad weather is nigh-on impossible. Exceptional walking experience and physical fitness are required.

Khumbu Valley Regional Map

Khumbu, in the Everest region, is on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest.

Lonely Planet ranked it as the sixth best region in the world in which to travel.


Recommended Map

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya 10 (Walking Guide)

We recommend taking a detailed trekking map. The region is sparse and it is possible to get lost in the many valleys that lie on either side of the main trail. The most recent Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (Travel Guide)provides the most up to date information and maps of the region.

We have also provided links and recommendations to new guides and maps below.

Khumbu Valley Typical Itinerary

Accommodation will be in camps. Here is a general itinerary for a longer form of the Khumbu Valley trek. Please note that there are several Khumbu Valley trek itineraries that can be done. If you want to make your own way to Lukla then you could probably organise this with your operator or guide.

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Recommended Guidebook

Everest: A Trekker's Guide: Trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet (Cicerone International Trekking Guides)

We recommend Everest: A Trekker's Guide: Trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet (Cicerone International Trekking Guides) by Cicerone Guides.

You are also welcome to have a look at our recommended list of Nepal books and guidebooks Library for more options.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I Need Insurance for The Trek?


Climbing insurance is vital for Khumbu Valley Trek. If an accident or incident should occur that requires immediate medical assistance and evacuation you will most definitely want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment.

Make sure you have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage; interruptions and flight delays and tour operators default.

Please read our article on travel and trekking insurance in Nepal. The article provides great information on what type of insurance you'd need.

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