Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.
Most trekkers access the Everest region by flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, a 45-minute flight with amazing views. Try to get a seat on the lefthand-side of the plane for your flight to Luka (right-hand side on the flight out) to maximize your views on the Himalayan giants including Mt Everest. The landing on the short airstrip in Lukla makes for a spectular start of your trek.
Alternatively, you can drive to to Jiri or Phaplu. Both drives take a full day from Kathmandu and cause your trek to start much farther away from the mountains than Lukla. Starting in Jiri adds about 5 days of trekking to your route, while the trailhead in Phaplu is about 3 days from Lukla.
National Park Fees:
Fourteen areas of Nepal have been designated National Parks, Wildlife Reserve and Conservation Areas (no one speaks about the Hunting Reserve). To trek in any of these areas, you may need an additional permit. You need to pay a National Park Fee of Rs. 3,390 ( US$ 33). All fees are payable at the National Parks counter Office listed below or at the park entrance, but higher fees will have to be paid at the entrance.