Mount Everest – Nepal

Chomolungma, “Mother Goddess of the Universe”

The summit of Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, is an epic goal that few mountaineers ever reach. But trekkers don’t need to reach the top, nor even the overly popular base camp area, to experience the might of Chomolungma, “Mother Goddess of the Universe,” as Everest is known to the Sherpas.

Many encounter Everest through a journey to the beautiful Khumbu Valley to view the mag­nificent scenery, with its fascinating high-altitude Sherpa villages, spec­tacularly sited Buddhist monasteries, and unique wildlife. A visual feast for mountain lovers, Everest-area treks are highlighted by breathtaking close-up views of the 29,028-foot peak as well as of heavyweight runners-up such as Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

Balancing all this grandeur are the friendliness and cheerful good nature of the Sherpa people, whose hos­pitality provides a cultural experience as memorable as Everest itself.

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