|When to Visit?
During the summer the air is pretty cool there but during the winter it is
really chilly. From June till August, that is during the monsoon, it rains
approximately 1000mm annually. It is most suitable to visit this region from the
month of October till April though it is advisable not to venture this region
during the period of January-February. The region lies in the dramatic fall in
temperature (0°C in the afternoon). Often your plans can go haywire due to
In the park region, there are about 3000 Sherpa families living who are
believed to have come to Nepal during 15th and 16th century from south Tibet.
They reside mainly in the region of Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Khunde, Thaam,
Thyangboche, Pangboche and Forse. The Sherpa living in these regions depend on
agriculture, poultry, animal-grazing and trading in Tibetal goods. For the
lively wood though since the advent of the new law regarding adventure
mountaineering in 1950, the economic activities has shifted to tourism. Thanks
mainly to the mountaineers who traverse that way to quench their thirst of
What to See?
In the low altitude region of this magnificent park, trees like Deodar and
Bhaang cover a large area. A higher altitude offers you the evergreen tree, the
Bushy trees, the Rhododendron trees and also the Deodars. The highest altitude
has also numerous vegetations but it offers you mainly spectacular view of bare
hills and snow covered landscapes. Rhododendron blossom in the months of March
and April and other vegetations flourish in the months starting July till
The animals one usually sees in this park are the Musk Deer, the Himalayan
Black Bear, etc. Among other animals Rabbits, mountain Rats, Wolves and monkeys
can be spotted every now and then.
This region is the paradise of 118 species of multi colored exotic birds.
The birds that have made the park their home are the national bird Danfe, Red
Munal, Wild Crows, Yellow beak and Red beak birds and the snow Pigeons. Among
the ordinary breeds one may find the mountain eagle and the snow Titra etc.
How to Travel?
Though the route usually followed is the 'Kala Patther' route, one can reach
the Park via 'Chukung' and 'Gokyo'. If you want to preceed by 'Kala Patthar'
route it is a nine day trek from Lukla. If you opt to travel along Gokyo Lake,
you will have to walk for 7 days from Namche Bazaar/Khumjung.
Here is a brief description about the route to the park. On foot it is about
2 days from Lukla to Namche, 5 hours trek from Namche to Nyangboche, 2 hours
from Nyangboche to Khumjung, 4 hours from Tyangboche to Pangboche and from
Pangboche to Feriche it is 3 hours.
Likewise, one would take 5 hours on foot from Feriche to Lobuche, 3 hours
from Lobuche to Gorakchep, another 3 hours from Gorakchep to Kalapatthar, 1 hour
from Feriche to Dinboche, 4 hours from Dinboche to Churung and from Namche to
Thaam it is a 5 hour walk.
While trekking to the park, permissions are not granted unless you have the
necessary items/equipments and a Sherpa guide because high hills and small peaks
are the common geographical features of the region. For scaling peaks above 6600
meters a special permission from the Tourism Ministry is compulsory and for
climbing peaks of less than 6600 meters in height a green signal from 'Nepal
Mountaineering Association' will suffice. These offices are both situated in
To reach the park, there are mainly 3 routes. The first one is a shirt flight
to Lukla after which follows a 2 day walk to the right destination. Another
route is a journey by bus to Jiri and a two week walk and thirdly, a flight to
Tumlintar followed by 10-11 days walk.