The Top 10 Views of Mount Everest in the Himalayas
When visiting the Everest region, you of course want to take in the best views of Mount Everest itself. Whether hiking just the Everest Base Camp trek or extending your trek to include the Gokyo Lakes and/or Three Passes, this guide will go over all of the top viewpoints of Mount Everest that you can enjoy during your trip. Read on to learn more about these viewpoints and see what makes this region one of the best in the world.
Table of Contents
- 1) Phakding to Namche Bazaar Rest Point
- 2) Sagarmatha National Park Museum
- 3) Hotel Everest View
- 4) Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Route
- 5) Tengboche / Pangboche
- 6) Mount Everest Base Camp
- 7) Kala Patthar
- 8) Gokyo Ri
- 9) Gokyo Fourth & Fifth Lakes
- 10) Renjo La Pass
- When to Trek for the Best Views
- Views of Mount Everest Map
Before jumping into the list of viewpoints, I did want to point out a few things to note about the Everest region in general:
» Helpful Tip: The weather in the region is usually clearer earlier on in the day. If having views of Mount Everest is top of mind for you, then I would recommend getting earlier starts when necessary. Later on in the guide I talk more about weather around Everest.
» Viewpoint Map: Also be sure to scroll down to the end of the article for a map that pinpoints the locations for each of these memorable spots.
↔ Lastly, just because Everest is the highest mountain here, does not mean you will be able to see views of the entire mountain. Most of these viewpoints are actually just of the top of Mount Everest and its summit due to other mountains that are in front of it. You will get some more expansive views of the mountain at viewpoints 7-10 on the list.
Below is a list of the 10 top views of Mount Everest that you can visit in the Sagarmatha National Park region. While the list does not include each and every one, it has a vast majority of the viewpoints that an everyday visitor should be looking out for.
1) Phakding to Namche Bazaar Rest Point
While this certainly is not the best viewpoint that you will get of Mount Everest, this is the first (and last) view that you will be able to take in during your trek. As you make your way from Phadking to Namche Bazaar (usually day 2 of the EBC route), you will come across a resting platform towards the tail end of the journey. Here is where you can get your first view of Everest through the trees. You will also pass this same platform on the last day of your trek as you head back to Lukla.
2) Sagarmatha National Park Museum
Just a 20-30 minute walk from Namche Bazaar village is the Sagarmatha National Park museum. From the village you will want to head up towards the top of town and then to the right hand side, where you can catch the pathway to the museum area. Here you will find the Tenzing Norgay Memorial alongside a viewing platform, where you can get views of Ama Dablam, Nupste, Lhotse, and of course Mount Everest itself.
» If you are wondering which one is Mount Everest, it is the one on the left hand side (just the very top of the mountain). Like I mentioned before, most viewpoints are just of the top of Everest, and not of the entire mountain.
I went to visit the viewpoint right around sunrise, as I got to see the first moments of sun light up the Everest mountain range. Since you will have two nights in Namche at the beginning of the trek, and one at the end, it should give you plenty of opportunity to head to the museum.
3) Hotel Everest View
Day 3 of the Everest Base Camp trek is usually reserved as an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Many opt for the hike up to the Hotel Everest View. And you guessed it – from the outdoor patio area you will have a vast view of the Everest mountain range. So after a nice couple hour hike up to the hotel, grab some food and drinks, and sit back to enjoy your surroundings.
» Learn more about this acclimatization day in the Hotel Everest View hiking guide up on the site
4) Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Route
During the first portion of the route between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche (day 4 of the EBC route), you will be able to see Mount Everest out in the distance alongside Nuptse and Lhotse mountains. It is a stunning trek as you hike along the path etched along the valley wall, with the river down below and the mountains further out in the distance.
This is certainly one of my favorite portions of the Everest Base Camp route and I have a feeling you will enjoy it just as much.
5) Tengboche / Pangboche
Once you arrive in Tengboche on day 4 (or if you decide to hike a bit further to Pangboche), you can also enjoy views of Everest from these villages. Right at the entrance of Tengboche, you will see the Tashi Delek Lodge and Restaurant to your right. This is a great spot to have a meal overlooking the mountain range. While you can also see Everest from Pangboche, it will just be a very tiny portion of the top of the mountain – a beautiful view nonetheless. After Pangboche, it will be several more days until you see Everest again as you arrive in the Gorak Shep area.
Tip: whether you are staying in Tengboche or Pangboche, be sure to head outside for sunset, where you can see the last moments of light striking Mount Everest.
6) Mount Everest Base Camp
While you won’t see too much of Everest from Gorak Shep and Mount Everest Base Camp itself, you still will be able to see a sliver of the top of the mountain. I wouldn’t say this is a great view of Mount Everest, but it is a pretty unique opportunity seeing the top of Mount Everest while walking around base camp.
7) Kala Patthar
Arguably the best view of Mount Everest comes from the summit of Kala Patthar. Also spelled Kalapathar, this mountain is located just behind Gorak Shep village. You can make the 2 hour trek up the mountain either for sunset or sunrise as you get to take in the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, and of course Mount Everest itself. You will have 360 degree views of the rest of the Sagarmatha National Park region with countless mountain peaks in every which direction.
» Feel free to read more about the hike in the Kala Patthar trek guide on the site
While all of the previous Mount Everest views can be seen on the standard Everest Base Camp trek, there are a few others that I want to point out which are located in the Gokyo region.
8) Gokyo Ri
A must do hike from Gokyo is the trek up Gokyo Ri. At 5,357 meters / 17,575 feet high, Gokyo Ri offers another top view of Mount Everest. Not only will you have the view of Everest, but also the Ngozumpa Glacier, the Gokyo Lakes, and other well-known mountains such as Cho Oyu will be in view.
It is no easy climb up from the lakeside village but it is one of the most rewarding day hikes that you can take part of during a visit in the region.
9) Gokyo Fourth & Fifth Lakes
Another potential day hike in the Gokyo region is the hike to some of the further out fourth and fifth lakes. As you make your way further along the trail towards these additional lakes, you will begin to have views of Mount Everest off to your right behind the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Although you won’t be as high in elevation as Kalapathar or Gokyo Ri, the views of Everest are still pretty expansive as you see the majority of the mountain. To me this is one of the more underrated views of Everest in the region.
10) Renjo La Pass
The last major Mount Everest view comes as you head up towards the Renjo La Pass behind Gokyo. As you are making the climb up, be sure to turn around from time to time as you have Mount Everest out in the distance with the main Gokyo lake and Gokyo village down below. As you get higher up the pass, the views of Everest will get better and better with the lake and glacier out in front of Everest and the surrounding mountains.
Once over the Renjo La Pass, it is time to say goodbye to Mount Everest as you make the full loop back to Namche Bazaar over the next couple days.
When to Trek for the Best Views
While the above views of Everest can be some of the best moments of a trek in the region, it is important to note that those views are not always necessarily there. These views are completely weather dependent and will only be there if the clouds stay away.
While you cannot control the weather, you can control what time of year to travel to the region. While there are two main seasons to trek around Sagarmatha National Park (March to May and September to November), I would highly recommend a late fall trip to the region.
As you can see in the pictures above, I was always able to get those unobstructed views of Everest with just a few clouds here or there. I trekked the region throughout the last 3 weeks of November, and maybe had 1 or 2 days where clouds were around from morning until night.
I would advise to take a look at the Everest Weather guide I put together that goes over the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp. It goes into more detail about why I chose November opposed to the other main trekking months.
Views of Mount Everest Map
Below you can find a map that pinpoints the 10 views of Mount Everest that have been mentioned above. Some are exact points (i.e. summit of Kalapathar, while others are more generic (i.e. the route between Namche and Tengboche).
That about wraps up a guide to the best 10 views of Mount Everest that you can visit during a trip to the region. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them in below. Also don’t forget to check out the other Nepal itineraries and guides up on the site.
Have fun out there and safe travels!