Settled into the Dudh Kosi River Valley, the village of Monjo is a popular stopping point for travellers trekking their way to Everest Base Camp. The town, much like many of the others that lie along the Gokyo Route to Everest, is fairly non-descript itself. Instead, the village's main function is to house some of the trekkers under its many colorful roofs—travelers who prefer a quieter rest stop than the busier Namche Bazaar just up the trail. As such, there are plenty of guesthouses in town, and with the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park only a little bit further along the way, Monjo serves as the perfect last shelter before moving into the park.

Besides serving as a checkpoint to the national park, there is also a Buddhist monastery in town that's worth the visit if you have the time and energy during your trek. Town itself might not be all too interesting, but the narrow paths that are still dominated by yak caravans and Sherpa porters, which can lead visitors to fill thousands of miles from civilization. And, of course, in many ways they are.

Apart from accommodation, the main reason anyone comes to Monjo is to see the big mountain, and this is one of the places that you can actually catch a glimpse of Everest, as long as the weather is clear.

Practical Info

Due to Monjo’s remote location in the Khumbu region of Nepal, it is only possible to reach the village on foot. Or, of course, by helicopter if you have the money to spend. To get to Monjo, take a 25 minute flight to Lukla and from there, you will be able to reach the village on the second day of your hike. 
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