There cannot be a better choice of trek for people keen on getting under the skin of Nepal, as the excitement builds from Kathmandu itself, where you board the aircraft that whisks you away to the airstrip at Lukla, nestled in an alpine world of pure air and colourful Buddhist prayer flags. Our route follows the furious Dudh Koshi river to Namche Bazaar, a village in the Khumbu region made famous by the hardy Sherpa community. From there we head higher, into a valley and all the way to the base camp from where expeditions to the 8,852 metre peak are planned. The going is easy leaving us with enough time to explore the culture at picturesque Sherpa hamlets, among which is Thyangboche, a jaw-dropping cluster of beautiful houses with the picturesque monastery above it. The trek's high points include awe-inspiring views of Everest from Kala Pathar's summit, and Everest Base camp, where we go memorably close to the spectacular “Khumbu Icefall”, which leads to South Col - the route taken on the first ascent of the legendary "third pole". If the walk and the landscapes are a double joy, the icing on top is the standard of lodges on the trail.