Nepal's top 6 viewpoints - Where to see Everest and other Himalayan giants

Nepal is home to 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world. One of the key attractions of traveling to Nepal is to take in stunning views of these Himalayan giants. Here are some of the top view points, with instructions on how to visit them.

There are many great reasons to visit Nepal, including its friendly people, its cultural heritage sites and its world class treks. The biggest attraction of all is perhaps the amazing views on Himalyan giants such as Mount Everest, Annapurna, Ama Dablam and Machapuchare. 

Map of the Best View Points In Nepal
Map of the Best View Points In Nepal

Of course no list of view points can ever be complete since there are simply too many amazing views of the Himalayas in Nepal. Also, views are obviously subjective, so not everyone will agree on what the best views are. That said, here is a list of some of the most amazing viewpoints and how to get there. 

#1 Kala Patthar 

Kala Patthar (also known as Kala Pattar or Kalapatar, 5,164m), near Everest Basecamp, remains the top viewpoint in Nepal. It offers the closest view on Mount Everest one can get to without serious mountaineering skills. 

Everest view from Kala Patthar
Everest view from Kala Patthar

 

Getting to Kala Patthar on foot takes a serious time commitment, as the minimum time to get here on foot is about 12 days round trip on the trail that also leads to Everest Base Camp from Lukla airport. Alternatively you can take a helicopter ride from Lukla or even directly from Kathmandu. 

#2 Khopra Ridge

Khopra Ridge (aka Khopra Danda, 3,660m) offers spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the world's 7th highest mountain. It's one of the rare viewpoints with a lodge, so if you are lucky enough to get a room at the very end of the hallway you can open your curtain in the morning and take in the views from the comfort of your sleeping bag, before heading outside for an amazingly scenic breakfast.

Trekkers below khopra danda lodge
Trekkers starting their hike down from khopra danda lodge

Visiting Khopra Danda requires about 6 days of trekking

#3 Gokyo Ri

A rocky peak at 5,357m above sea level, Gokyo Ri is the slightly lesser known, and slightly farther away view point of Everest compared to its more famous sibling Kala Patthar. The views of Everest are amazing as well, and some consider them even better than Kala Patthar since more of the surrounding mountains can be observed, including 3 additional 8,000m peaks: Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. 

Mount Everest seen from Gokyo Ri
Mount Everest seen from Gokyo Ri through a telephoto lens

Trekking to Gokyo Ri takes about 14 days round trip from Lukla, via Namche Bazaar and Gokyo Lakes.

#4 Pikey Peak

Pikey Peak (4,065m) offers an even farther away, and thus more encompassing view of Everest and the surrounding mountains. Edmund Hillary, part of Mt Everest's first ascend team, declared this viewpoint the best in Nepal. In addition to Everest, you can see far west to 8,000m giants Dhaulagiri and east to Kanchenjunga.

View on Mount Everest from Pikey Peak
Panoramic view on Mount Everest from Pikey Peak

Trekking to Pikey Peak is a highly recommended off the beaten path experience through the lower Everest Region that requires about 6 days. You can also reach Pikey Peak by mountain bike.

#5 Tengboche

A famous buddhist monastery above Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar at 3,867m above seal level, Tengboche offers amazing views of Ama Dablam, by many considered the world's most beautiful mountain. You can stay in lodges in Tengboche, although some were damaged by the 2015 earth quake.

View of Ama Dablam and Lhotse from Tengboche
View of Ama Dablam and Lhotse from Tengboche 

Getting to Tengboche requires a 5-day trek starting from Lukla via Namche Bazaar. 

#6 Nagarkot

If you are short on time and want to stay close to Kathmandu while still enjoying amazing views of the Himalays, Nagarkot is your best bet. This beautiful village is located on top of a hill just outside of Kathmandu, and surrounded by scenic terraced rice paddies. You can stay overnight here and enjoy awesome Himalayan views from your balcony. 

View from Nagarkot
View from Nagarkot 

Nagarkot is just a short 1-hour drive away from Kathmandu. If you have a bit more time, consider adding a few more days around your stay in Nagarkot. 

#7 Poon Hill

Located above the village of Ghorepani in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Poon Hill (3,210m) is the most visited viewpoint in this list. It offers spectacular sunrise views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, but you'll likely have to share these views with at least one hundred fellow trekkers. 

View from Poon Hill
View from Poon Hill of Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest mountain 

It's relatively easily accessible via the lower Annapurna trail system, and can be done in about 3 - 4 days round trip from Pokhara.