Khumbu Valley Trek – See The World’s Tallest Mountains

Updated: December 4, 2020

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 (Travel 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

How much does the trek cost?

Are permits required for this trek?

When is the best time to trek?

Is altitude sickness a risk?

How difficult is the trek?

What gear do I need?

What travel insurance do I need?

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.

About the author 

Mark Whitman

Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!

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  1. Hello!!

    I’m considering going for a trek in the Khumbu Valley in November. I would like two do a two week hike (the one you offer here is too long). I have two questions, hopefully you can help me:

    – What’s the average temperature and weather stability like in this region in November?
    – Is there a significant difference between first two weeks and last two weeks? I was wondering if it’s worth considering the Tihar Festivities so that travel timing matches being in a particular location?

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Maite, this trek can be completed in two weeks. The suggested itinerary on this page is just an example, there are many variations. November is generally quite cold with lots of snow higher up the trail. make sure to take good quality gear and layered clothing. There isn’t much of a difference in weather between the beginning and end of November so if you want to time your trek with the Tihar Festivities I wouldn’t let the potential weather differences hold you back. Hope this helps!

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