To South Face of Mt.Everest from the Nepalese side
There are three ways to get close to the Everest:
From Nepal, the southern side, you can fly to Lukla and do the Everest Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu area of Nepal.
This is what I had planned to do first but I already catched a cold with fever in Kathmandu which stopped me even before I could start it. I had everything planned out in detail:
12 days from Lukla to EBC and back with a very conservative and hence safe altitude gain of 300 vetrical meters on average per day to Gorak Shep (5170m).
From Kathmandu you take the plane to Lukla (2850m) to begin with a trek to Monjo (2815m) on the 1st day. On the 2nd day you climb up to Namche Bazaar (3450m), where you take a rest also on the 3rd day to acclimatize to the altitude. Day 4 goes from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) followed by Periche (4280m) on the fifth and Thokla (4620m) on the 6th day. From there you head to Lobuche (4940m) on day 7. On day eight you should reach Gorak Shep, the highest sleeping point with 5170m from Lobuche. From Gorak Shep a sidetrip to Kalla Pattar (5600m), the highest point of the trek and best view on Mt.Everest should be done on the same day, so that you can reach the EBC (5364m) on day nine and have enough time to get back to Lobuche. The following days are long walks back. On day 10 you reach Namche from Lobuche, on day 11 you should be back inLukla to catch the plane back to Kathmandu on the 12th day.
That was my plan, but of course there could be a couple of more days spend in this area - you would have more time to inhale the atmosphere.....also never plan your trip too close since weather changes, clouds and so on can always delay your flight to and from Lukla. The airport there is quite famous for the short landing area that ends right in a mountainside ;)
The same for starts, you need to get ait quickly if you dont want to make a "stop" down the valley ;)
View over Mt.Everest by airplane
There are special mountain flights offered from Kathmandu, but since I had to go to Bhutan from Nepal by plane anyways I had the mountain panorama included.
To go to Bhutan you have to use Druk Air, the Bhutanese national carrier. It is really amazing to fly by the peak of Mt.Everest and imagine people standing on this height.
To the North Face/the Tibetan Side of Qomolangma
Right on the Friendship Highway on the way from Kathmandu to Lhasa you will come along Tingri (4390m), a few houses puzzled around the streetside of this old traderoute. From here you can take a first glimpse on the one and only Mt.Everest - if you are lucky and the clouds dont cover the mountainrange. Walk up the hill behind the town, where there is a little temple - and here you go.
From here you could also do a three day trek to the Rongphu Monastery and the Tibetan Everest Base Camp (which I didnt do, instead we went on to Shigatse and so on). Therefore you have to cross the NamLa pass with 5250m - which has about the same height as the EBC itself.