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Can I Visit Mount Everest without Climbing: 6 Best Alternatives

March,21 2024 BY Jamyang Tsering 0 COMMENTS

Mount Everest climbing is the ultimate dream for many climbers and mountaineers. However, the immense cost involved in organizing and executing an Everest climb makes it out of reach for many travelers.

So, can you visit Mount Everest without climbing? Definitely, yes!

In this guide, we will walk you through the 6 best workarounds to visit Mount Everest without strenuous climbing. So, you can effortlessly reach the best vantage points to admire the grandeur of Mount Everest.

Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Taking the Tour Bus in Tibet: Most Popular & Easiest Way

If you are short on time or traveling with the elderly and children to visit Mount Everest, joining the classic 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour in Tibet offers one of the effortless ways to visit Mount Everest without climbing.

Enjoy the epic overland ride on the paved road from Lhasa to Gyantse, Shigatse, and Everest Base Camp. Along the way, marvel at mystical Tibetan monasteries, turquoise Yamdrok Lake, chanting Tibetan villages, etc.

Besides, this trip is friendly to travelers of all ages to admire the panoramic view of the Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844.43m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), and Shishapangma (8012m) at famous Gawula Pass. and close-up view of lofty Mt. Everest at EBC and Rongbuk Monastery (5154m), the world’s highest monastery.

Tibet Yamdrok Lake
Tibet Yamdrok Lake.

Tibet Yamdrok Lake
Visit Himalayan Mount peaks in Gawula Pass.

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Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Trekking to EBC in Tibet: Most Challenging Way

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, trekking to Mount Everest offers you another great workaround to visit Mount Everest without climbing in Tibet.

You will intimately experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Tibet, and have the opportunity to interact with local Tibetan herdsmen, explore remote Tibetan villages, and witness breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas along the route.

Besides, it gives you the flexibility to set your own pace and itinerary, allowing you to stop and explore exotic Tibetan life and customs along the way. 

But, trekking to EBC in Tibet is physically challenging as you trek at high altitude. In addition to a private trekking guide, you need a porter or yaks to carry trekking gear and logistics, so the tour cost is much higher.

Tibet EBC trekking tour
Tibet Everest Base Camp trekking tour.

There are several trekking routes to the base camp in the Mount Everest Natural Reserve in Tibet. Among them, the easiest one is the popular 10-day trek from Tingri to Everest Base Camp

Another trekking route worth mentioning is the 15-day Gama Valley trek to the eastern slope of Mount Everest. Located on the east slope of Mount Everest, Gama Valley is praised as the most beautiful in the world in the book Exploration of Mt. Everest, written by British explorer Barry. It takes 8 days to complete the Gama Valley trek, during which you can experience the grandeur of Mount Everest and see the summit of the Everest en route.

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Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Helicopter Tour in Nepal: Most Expensive but Awesome Way

If you plan to explore Kathmandu Valley and enjoy the stunning Mount Everest at the Southern Everest Base Camp in Nepal, signing up for a Mount Everest helicopter tour is one of your go-to choices to visit Mount Everest without climbing.

It allows you to reach Everest Base Camp quickly, saving you valuable time compared to trekking from Lukla to EBC, offering you a birds-eye view of the Himalayan Range, deep valleys, rugged landscapes and Sherpa villages. 

You will relax and enjoy the comfortable journey without the physical exertion or discomfort associated with trekking or driving. 

However, kindly noted that the chartered helicopter service can be extremely expensive, so not for budget travelers. Besides, the helicopter flights to EBC are subject to weather conditions and availability, which can be unpredictable, particularly in the Everest region. 

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Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Trekking to EBC in Nepal: with Lots of Options

Nepal is a paradise for outdoor adventures. esp trekking to Everest Base Camp. One of the top-rated treks to EBC is the 10 Days Everest Panorama View Trek Tour where you will fly to Lukla and embark on your trek through scenic Sherpa Villages via Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche Lobuche, and Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp to view Mount Everest up-close. Explore more Nepal trekking tours.

If you trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, you need to get two permits, namely the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. However, you can apply for all the permits in Nepal by yourself on the trails and do not need a travel agent to do it for you.

Besides, when trekking in the Everest region, make sure you spend one or two more days at Sherpa village for gradual acclimatization to avoid acute altitude sickness.

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Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Staying at Everest Villages: Most Exotic Way

If you want to visit Mount Everest without trekking and climbing in Nepal, another great option is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and enjoy a leisurely trek from Lukla to picturesque Sherpa villages, like Namche Bazaar (3,440m, 2-day trek from Lukla), Tengboche Village (3,860m, 4-day trek from Lukla, acclimatization day in Namche included) to enjoy the Mount Everest vista afar.

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The benefit is that you can ascend slowly while enjoying the incredible Himalayan view and exploring the culture and history of the Sherpa people. Of course, enjoy your stay in the famous Nepali teahouse accommodation and don’t need to carry too many backpacks for trekking.

Visit Mount Everest without Climbing by Staying in Hotel Everest View: Most Relaxing Way

Last, but certainly not least, another ultimate and luxurious way to visit Mount Everest without climbing is by enjoying the chartered helicopter ride (5-seat) to Everest Base Camp and staying there for a while to enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Everest and flying down to the Hotel Everest View, a hotel known for its 360-degree view of the awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks.

Nepal Hotel Everest ViewVisit Mount Everest without climbing in NepaL Hotel Everest View.

You can enjoy your tasty breakfast or stay here for a couple of days to enjoy the epic Mount Everest view through your hotel room or the photogenic patio. The best time to stay in the Hotel Everest View is between mid-March to early May and early October to early December.


In a nutshell, there are more options to visit Mount Everest without climbing it. The effortless ways are taking the overland trip from Lhasa to EBC in Tibet or booking a helicopter tour to EBC in Nepal; while trekking on both sides of Everest offers another immersive tour experience as well. Whatever ways you’ve chosen, we can help you arrange the travel permit and guide and porter, etc to help you fulfill a lifetime journey.

Jamyang Tsering

About the Author - Jamyang Tsering

With a perpetual smile and a wealth of Tibetan knowledge, Jamyang Tsering is a seasoned Tibetan guide with over 15 years of expertise. Interestingly, many first come across him on YouTube as a humorous YouTube content creator, proudly introducing every facet of authentic Tibetan life to the world.

Now, not only can you watch Jamyang’s latest video update on our Tibet Vista channel, but also read his travel guide here or book our Tibet tours and travel with the YouTube influencer Jamyang to explore the majestic landscape and culture in Tibet.

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