The Khumbu Region of Nepal

Home of Mt Everest

The Khumbu District of Nepal is home to Mt Everest and a lot of trekking. The lower part below the high mountains is called Solu, and those who do not fly in will have to walk through Solu to get to the high country. These photos combine two trips I took, in 1985 and 1989.

At the start of the trek through the lowlands, peaks peak over the ridges.

The lowland hike goes eastward, crossing many ridges and passes of about 10,000 feet.

To then drop into another valley.


The children and chickens are always there.

Ending the eastward traverse, you head up the final valley.

Local accommodationis quite nice.

Terraced agriculture is the norm.






There had been a flood just before one trip, and makshift bridges were common.

The children will pose- for a price.

The town of Namche Bazaar, at about 11,000 feet, is the main crossroads in the high country.


Unnamed minor peaks tower over Namche Bazaar.


The trail to Tengpoche.

Crossing the Dudh Kosi (translation: Milk River)

The next shots are from the Tengpoche Monastery.


The valley north of Pheriche, about 14,000 feet

Mt Everest is the one on the left that is stickingslightly over the Nuptse Ridge. Ama Dablam is the peak on the right.


Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam through clouds.


The strange brown hill is called Kala Pattar and is the typical high point for trekkers. The sandy area below it is the Kumbu Glacier.

Nearing the top of Kala Pattar, about 17,100 feet.