Things to Consider
Although this geographic region is home to the highest of the world's mountains, according to National Geographic Adventure Travel, tours to Mt. Everest are expensive, dangerous and not for average travelers. Additionally, Everest is becoming crowded and more than usually dangerous for such jaunts. Tours to the highest mountain on Earth are a classic example of irresponsible tourism and the havoc such tourism can have on the environment.
However, if you just must go to the place that locals view as the "home of the gods", be aware that such a tour to the very top of the world will set you back an estimated $60,000. For a similar experience at a smaller price tag, consider a hiking tour to Kala Pattar, Nangkartshand Peak or Everest Base camp. Be sure to plan in enough time to take a side trek to Khumjung, which is the mountain village where Sir Edmund Hillary built a school.
Treks are available on the Kathmandu circuit. Among many routes and experiences, National Geographic suggests locating a Kathmandu outfitter for treks with porters and cooks. White water rafting, cycling and tours through the various wildlife preserves are only a few of Nepal's offerings.
Spend a few days, two weeks or two months and interact with the Nepali people to learn more about their customs and heritage. Nepal's diversity welcomes sustainable travel and socially responsible tourists. As travelers experience Nepal, they help support its economy and environment by becoming world citizens.