12 Best Viewpoints of Mt. Everest in Nepal - Nepal Trek Adventures
Nepal, a Himalayan country, is home to the world's eight highest peaks. The path to the highest peak in the world was first traced by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and is now followed by thousands. The Himalayan ranges, with some of the highest peaks in the world, attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Not everyone can achieve their dream of climbing Mount Everest and discovering the top of the world. The breathtaking vista of Mount Everest will make you forget about the rest of the affluent world and will revitalize your soul once and for all.
Although the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most well-known, you may be surprised to learn that it is not the ideal location for viewing Mount Everest. During the Mount Everest View trek, the best views of Mount Everest can be seen from various viewpoints, as well as the magnificent Khumbu region. The majority of travelers across the globe prioritize seeing Mount Everest from these breathtaking Everest viewpoints. For centuries, the Himalayas of this nation have been known to show people the best version of themselves.
Nepal, a Himalayan country, has numerous viewpoints from which to view the magnificent Himalayas. We have compiled a list of iconic spots to get an amazing Everest view.
Are you ready to learn about the top 12 Mt. Everest viewpoints? Scaling up the best viewpoints of Mt. Everest from the highest viewpoints to the lowest viewpoints is listed here. Let's learn more about Mt. Everest's well-known viewpoints.
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Kala Patthar (5,644 m/ 18,517 ft.)
Kala Patthar, which means “huge dark black rock” and is located just behind the Gorak Shep village, is an incredible excursion to enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Everest’s triangular massif and an almost exclusive spectacular view of the northern flank as well as the entire Himalayan range. Thankfully, the rock is not actually a peak, as it looks like a minor summit itself, with a huge dark rock having a prominence of 10 m. Consider yourself standing on a massive rock, surrounded by snow-capped peaks in all directions. It is the highest altitude that trekkers can reach without a climbing permit and doesn’t require any mountaineering skills or climbing gear. The highest viewpoint to see Mt. Everest, the Kala Patthar trek, is achievable by anyone with a muscular physique.
Most of the trekkers also climb to Kala Patthar during the Everest Base Camp Trek to enjoy. This place is completely covered in snow during the winter months of November to January. You will be ascending to a height of 5,644m above sea level. The risk of altitude sickness is significant at Kala Patthar, and the mornings at such height are brutally cold. You may have to wear thick clothes that warm you out and don’t disturb your spectacular view over there. So, take your time and acclimate more.
Surprisingly, the world’s highest webcam, the Mount Everest webcam, is located here. Imagine the photos and clips you could film in this glorious location. The splendid view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lho-La, Mt. Kali Himal, along with the brilliant vista of the Khumbu glacier, make Kala Patthar the most sought-after vantage point in the entire Everest region.
There are two ways to reach Kala Patthar. First, you can either fly to Lukla or take a jeep to Tham Danda and start walking from those beautiful villages. Hiking and exploring those beautiful places along with their rituals takes 8-10 days from Lukla. Second, people with a limited time to trek to Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp can alternatively take a direct helicopter tour to Kala Patthar from Kathmandu or Lukla and can clearly observe a comprehensive and magnificent picture of Mt. Everest.
Chhukung Ri (5,550 m/ 18,208 ft.)
Chhukung Ri is a dream come true adventure for a beginner climber looking for a challenge and the ideal trail for those seeking peace and quiet. There will be a lot of rough rock and mostly rocky terrain, which is not too technically demanding as you just need significant effort and a little determination too. It offers a panoramic view of never-ending rocky terrain and the Himalayan range.
The panoramic views of snowy peaks that will surround you will leave you speechless. It is considered to be one of the best Everest viewpoints, andl able to witness the beautiful sunrise reflecting on the snowy peaks of Mt. Imja Tse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse. Furthermore, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest throughout the journey and there will be glaciers, lakes, and mountainsides on all sides of you.
Being one of the most beautiful acclimatization climbs, trekkers must roam northeast from Dingboche over a dry and rocky path towards the Chhukung Valley before scaling the Chhukung Ri. When you reach the summit of Chhukung Ri, colorful prayer flags will wave to you, and you can relish the picturesque sight from this rocky slope.
Kongma La Pass (5,535 m/ 18,159 ft.)
Kongma La Pass, at an altitude of 5,535 m, is the highest of three passes on the Everest Trek routes, even higher than the Everest Base Camp offers an exhilarating view of Mt. Everest. It is considered to be one of the hardest passes to cross through for an average trekker. So, make sure you are prepared with the perfect mountaineering skills as well as climbing gear.
The Kongma la pass is one of the more demanding hiking alternatives in the Everest region and is accompanied by its difficulties. Besides being one of the best places to see Mt. Everest, it offers a spectacular view of the towering mountains including Mt. Lobuche Peak, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Baruntse and other high snowy peaks around you along with the glaciers, rivers, and lake.
The higher the altitude, the better the vision is been proved here. The trail to Kongma La Pass breaks off from the EBC Trek route after Dingboche and leads to Chhukung Valley. The strenuous uphill on the bank of the Imja River leads to the summit of the sawtooth ridge of Kongma La. Reach the milestone of Kongma La Pass by ascending a different path from the Everest Base Camp Trek that leads to this steep cliff.
Renjo La Pass (5,360 m/ 17,585 ft.)
Renjo La Pass lies in the western part of the Khumbu region at an altitude of 5,360 m from sea level. It is one of the three high passes that lie in the Everest Region and joins Gokyo Valley with Thame Valley. It is one of the most underrated areas of the Everest region as climbing high up to Renjo La Pass behind Gokyo Valley Offers you a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest. Also, you get a chance to know the exceptional view of Kala Patthar, Chola Glaciers, and Tengboche Monastery.
Most importantly, you can view 8 of the world’s tallest mountain peaks including Mt. Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. From this pass, you can climb down to Gokyo valley where you can visit five freshwater lakes at the highest elevation. You will love to spend quite precious time at the top to enjoy the mesmerizing view, make sure to carry extra layers on your body.
Renjo La Pass is one of the most difficult yet rewarding trails in the Everest Region which attracts a huge number of trekkers and adventurers and serves as the best viewpoint for the spectacular view of Mt. Everest. You might want to give yourself a refreshing time to rest and enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee and local snacks as you stand in front of the world’s tallest peak. We can get there by trail Via Namche Bazaar and Gokyo Lake.
Cho La Pass (5,420 m/ 17,782 ft.)
Cho La Pass is another of the best viewpoints of Mt. Everest and is the second pass of Nepal’s Three Passes. It is a summit pass located 5,420 m above sea level in northeast Nepal. It connects the village of Dzongla to the east and the village of Thagnak to the west and also connects the main Everest Base Camp Route with the Gokyo Region. It is also one of the most difficult climbs in the Everest region, necessitating some mountain climbing skills, but the breathtaking view is well worth the effort.
It is one of the most iconic passes to trek while visiting Sagarmatha National Park and Everest Base Camp. After a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla, the trail begins and we follow the Dudh Koshi Valley to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual climb up a valley, passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where elusive musk deer can be seen sometimes and small yak grazing settlements are also seen.
The Cho La Pass trek route is physically demanding, but it has a good availability of teahouse and lodge facilities that provide trekkers with comfortable accommodation and warm, hygienic food; most trekkers prefer to eat and rest in the teahouse, which is much cheaper than doing a camping trek.
Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft.)
Gokyo Ri, a rocky summit at an altitude of 5,357 m above sea level, is located at one of the highest settlements in the world and lies right next to the Ngozumba Glacier, which is the highest glacier in Nepal. It offers one of the best Everest viewpoints, including fragmented glaciers, jagged peaks, tantalizing lakes, pristine valleys, and an incredibly rich culture to explore. It is a lesser-known trail but one of the best spots to view Mt. Everest and other snowy giant peaks.
Besides the mesmerizing view of majestic Everest, it also offers a spectacular view of the four tallest peaks on the earth, i.e., Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Not just the majestic mountains but the pristine turquoise water of the five Gokyo Lakes, the world's largest freshwater lake system clarifies the most memorable sights. It is an easy peak that does not require any mountaineering skills or gear, but the elevation alone makes the trail a challenge.
The scenery from this viewpoint is even better than that from Kala Patthar, and the most preferred option for traveling to this remote destination. The trail from Lukla to Gokyo Ri takes about 14 days round trip, passing through Namche Bazaar and Gokyo Lakes. People with limited time can, however, fly directly from Kathmandu to Gokyo Valley via helicopter tour and hike for 2-3 hours to scale the Gokyo Ri.
Nangkartshang Peak, Dingboche (5,050 m/ 16,568 ft.)
Nangkartshang Peak is a short trek in Nepal, which is only 4 km from Dingboche and lies at an elevation of 5,050 m above sea level. It offers fantastic scenery of the Himalayan Giants like Mt. Thamserku, Kangtega, Makalu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Taboche Peak along with the beautiful awe-inspiring landscapes of the entire region.
It is an outstanding lookout point in the Everest region, and the trail is windy, so don’t forget to include an outer shell jacket to protect yourself from the cold. Despite being considered a side trip during the Everest Base Camp Trek, an expedition to Nangkartshang Peak is highly recommended for your healthy trail. However, the trekkers must hike for 5-6 days to reach Dingboche and make this tough expedition during the acclimatization day.
Even though the journey to Nangkartshang Peak is quite difficult, the best view of Mt. Everest from the ridge is well worth the effort. When you accomplish the journey, it is just you and the snowy mountains at the top of the hill feel yourself there and enjoy the glimpses of spectacular views of the giant Himalayan Mountains.
Farak Ri, Kongde (4,680 m/ 15,354 ft.)
Farak Ri lies north of Kongde village, located deep in the Sagarmatha National Park at an elevation of 4,680 m above sea level. It is also known as the Everest Panorama Trek, and it is the best place in the entire Everest region to see the majestic Everest lying parallel to your eyes. This is one of the lesser-known and underappreciated locations for the best Everest view and the most unforgettable experience of your life.
It is surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of the national park and unfolds a magnificent panorama of the famed peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, t is one of the best hilltops in the lower Everest Region for panoramic mountain views and awe-inspiring Himalayan Ranges.Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. Along with the snowy mountains, you can get a view of the landscape and geographical region in the Khumbu valleys as the sun sets and hides behind the majestic Himalayas, You will be amazed by the view. The very next morning, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise of your life.
The trail to Kongde is about 9 hours of hiking from Namche Bazaar, which is fairly adventurous and slightly less challenging compared to other trails in the Everest region . However, flying directly from Kathmandu on the Kathmandu Helicopter Tour is a much easier and quicker option to get to Kongde, as the 360-degree panorama of Mt. Everest and other snowy peaks entertains you like nowhere else.
Pikey Peak (4,065 m/ 13,336 ft.)
Pikey Peak is a newly opened and unexplored trekking route that lies in the lower Khumbu region at an elevation of 4,065 m above sea level. It also offers an encompassing view of the Himalayan Range from Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Kanchenjunga in the east as the viewpoint is Sir Edmund Hillary’s favorite viewpoint, which fewer people have visited.
It is a highly recommended trail if you are interested in exploring less-visited valleys and terrains of the Lower Region. There are two different ways to get to Pikey Peak, one is from beautiful Jiri which is also known as the Edmund Hillary Route, while the other is flying from Kathmandu to Phaplu Airport, and the trail starts from there. It is not only the best viewpoint for Mt. Everest also you can witness the spectacular mountains of over 8,000 m including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna Ranges, and also popular for the sunrise and sunset views.
Hotel Everest View (3,962 m/ 13,000 ft.)
The world’s highest-elevation hotel is suited in Nepal and offers an incredible 360 Degree view of Mt. Everest. Hotel Everest View is located at an elevation of 3,962 m from sea level on the ridge above Namche Bazaar in Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the highest-altitude premium hotels. This hotel opened its door in 1971 for visitors to provide trekkers a comfortable rest point with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan Range and Nepalese luxury at the same time. It was hailed as the World’s Highest Hotel by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004.
It offers a must-witness view of Mt. Everest from form every room of this hotel and you will also be blessed with a panoramic view of awe-inspiring mountain peaks like Mt. Changtse, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From every window of the room, visitors can immerse themselves in the mesmerizing scene and view of the snowy peaks while enjoying the best luxury and hospitality.
Besides the view of Everest, it is also the best place to witness the nearby villages and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that are filled with shrubs, herbs, evergreen fir trees, and rhododendron forests including beautiful flora and fauna. During the winter months, most of the teahouses in the Khumbu Region remain closed. So, during the cold Hotel Everest View is one of the best Viewpoints for Everest View. You can reach there either by taking a Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu to Lukla and then walking for four days to the destination or by hiking from the Namche Bazaar for two hours to reach Hotel Everest View.
Tengboche Village (3,867 m/ 12,687 ft.)
Tengboche is the home of Tengboche Monastery which is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region where climbers seek to receive blessings from the lama before their expeditions which are also known as Dawacholing Gompa. It is the easiest possible viewpoint to view Mt. Everest, which is located at an altitude of 3,867 m from sea level that offers an amazing view of the entire Himalayan ranges with religious and cultural ambiance.
Tengboche Village is popular for classic sherpa villages and religious prayer activities in the Gomba which is surrounded by Pine Trees, Colorful Rhododendrons, and a stunning sunrise view with the reflection of the snowy white mountain in the Background. It rewards the trekkers with amazing views of colossal mountain peaks including Mt. Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbila, Kusum Kanguru, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, and Taboche. The viewpoint is surely a site that you can’t afford to miss with the rich unspoiled traditions of the indigenous people.
Getting to Tengboche requires serious commitment and good physical fitness to witness the beautiful scenery of the entire range. The monastery is approached either with a day walk hike from Namche Bazaar via the Flight Tour or it takes 4-5 days of trekking from Lukla to get to Tengboche Village and be sure to head outside for sunset, where you can see and enjoy the last moments of sunlight striking mt. Everest.
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft.)
Namche Bazaar is considered a major entry point for most of the trekking trails to the Everest Region where most trekkers on the Everest Base Camp Trek routes acclimatize. It is the first viewpoint to see Mt. Everest located at an elevation of 3,440 m from sea level, it is a little town nestled between the mountains yet a very important town in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The Namche Village is set in a horseshoe-shaped bowl structure and has an abundance of star hotels, luxurious lodges, tea shops/houses, and a souvenir market.
Many trekkers stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and during the stay, you can also visit Khunde Hospital which was first set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or visit the beautiful Museum of Sherpa Culture. You can also Hike to Hotel Everest View above Namche bazaar and the beautiful sunrise and sunset can be witnessed from Namche. The views of the stunning mountains like Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kongde, and other giant peaks are clear and distinct from the Viewpoint above the Namche Market along with the Khumbu Mountains, their Monasteries, and learning much about the sherpa culture and their Lifestyle.
If you don’t have enough time to hike up to Everest Base Camp and looking for the spectacular view of Mt. Everest then a flight tour to Lukla and a 2 days trek from Lukla is the best way to see Mt. Everest and other snowy peaks. The view of the contrast between a beautiful sherpa settlement and the Giant Himalayas made Namche Bazaar Viewpoint, the best viewpoint of Everest Trek.
Even while trekking deep in the Khumbu region during Everest Base Camp Trek, you might not be able to see the best of Mt. Everest. Only a few viewpoints to view Mt Everest and other Giant Himalayas in the Everest Region give comprehensive and magnificent scenes and pictures of the Everest Region. So, get ready to be the one to put your mark on the above-mentioned best viewpoints to view Everest in Nepal and get immersed in its awe-inspiring sights. It feels fantastic to wander in the right place at the appropriate moment. That is what makes this place so attractive as a popular tourist destination in Nepal as it provides a complete and stunning view of the overall mountain vistas.
We tried our best to cover all of those beautiful viewpoints for Mt. Everest view. I Hope the above-mentioned list will be useful for your Everest View Trek along with the Everest Base Camp Trek. If you have any queries related to the overall trail, you can easily drop them in our query section or the comment section below.