The diverse landscape, sceneric, natural beauty along with giant mountains makes Nepal as a paradise adventure seeker and travel enthusiastic. Nepal is the home of the world’s highest mountain (Everest- 8,848m) along with eight of fourteen eight-thousand mountains in the world. The undisturbed natural beauty, traditional lifestyle, unique cultures and the sense of trekking half way up the Everest, the world’s highest mountain is simply amazing.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous trekking adventures in the world. It’s an amazing journey, starting from the low-lying hills of Nepal to the base of the world highest point.
Everest is not only a home to the world’s highest mountain but also a paradise for nature lovers full of astounding natural beauty and breath-stopping wonders that let you experience the warm hospitality in cold weather. Moreover, you can explore the diverse species of rare and beautiful floras and faunas inside the Everest Region.
If you want to experience nature, mountain culture and geography in its pure form? Then Everest Base camp will fulfill all your expectations.Throughout the trekking trails, you get to know wonderful rich cultured ethnic villages and towns. The views received after long days of trekking are beyond imagination; which is enough to fill your heart with happiness and excitement.
There are many reasons which are sufficient to attract you to do the Everest Base Camp Trek . Some of the major reason to do it are:
- Flying to Lukla Airport ( World’s most dangerous airport):
- Namche Bazaar ( tourist hubspot from all around the world)
- Everest View Hotel/View Point: (Star Hotel in highest altitude
- Tengboche Monastery (Heritage inside Heritage):
- The Yak, Donkeys & Dzho on your trail:
- Exotic Flora & Fauna:
- Sherpa Culture & Festivals:
- The Yak, Donkeys & Dzho on your trail:
- Everest Base Camp point:
Flying to Lukla Airport ( World’s most dangerous airport):
The Everest Base Camp Trek is normally done via the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu or Ramechhap. But, this is not the only way to enter inside the Khumbu region, it is certainly the easiest, shortest and most preferred route.
The flight to Lukla airport ( which is also called Tenzing-Hillary Airport) is situated atop a cliff and drops off downwards at the end of the runway. The runway is also considered as one of the shortest runways. As a result, if you are there with the flight, you will always remember the takeoff and landing in Lukla airport. During flight, you can experience the spectacular view of beautiful mountains and well made landscapes from nature.
Namche Bazaar ( tourist hubspot from all around the world)
Namche Bazaar is another major highlight of EBC Trek which is also called a Tourism capital and always a favourite place for rest and acclimatization of the trekkers, since this amazing town is located at the altitude of 3440m.
This town showcases a beautiful glimpse of peaks like Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kusum Khangaru and mighty Everest as well. The town is quite famous for being the gateway to the Himalayas Khumbu region and it’s amazing amphitheatre-like topography provides an outer-worldly aura of Himalayan serenity.
Throughout the town, there are numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, lodges, bakeries, Tibetan handicraft shops, museums, and many more facilities like a city. So, during your rest day at Namche, you can visit these places and enjoy the day with luscious food and drinks along with the stunning atmosphere and beautiful mountains around you.
Namche Bazaar was an important rendezvous point for Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times, where salt, dried meat and textiles were exchanged.
Everest View Hotel/View Point: (Star Hotel in highest altitude)
Everest Base Camp trek is incomplete without visiting the start hotel located at the highest altitude. Generally, when trekkers stayed at Namche for the acclimatization, they came up to this hotel which is located at 3,880m altitude for the warm tea and coffee in the lap of giant mountains.
This hotel has a very beautiful terrace in its east face. The terrace offers amazing views of snow-capped summits among which Everest stands out the highest. At the hotel, you can have a table either outside or on the rooftop to enjoy local cuisines while admiring the surrounding views and scenery. Here, you can have access to the internet along with excellent accommodation facilities. You must visit this hotel during your EBC trek.
Tengboche Monastery (Heritage inside Heritage):
Everest Base Camp trek offers adventure as well as much spiritual journey one. While walking, you can find many small stupas, gumbas, coloured prayer flags, mani walls and many more related to Tibetian Buddhism. Among all of them, Tengboche Monastery is one of the most beautiful, biggest and oldest Tibetian Buddhist monasteries of the Sherpa community in Khumbu region, situated at the hillock of Tengboche village. This village is surrounded by Rhododendron forest and provides the majestic view of giant mountains like Everest, Lhotse along with Tabuche (holy mountain), Ama Dablam, Nuptse and many more beautiful mountains.
Many trekkers often visit the monastery for the blessing of a successful journey from the Buddhist monks who stayed there. This monastery is also called a heritage inside heritage, i.e, it is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is under UNESCO heritage list.
The Yak, Donkeys & Dzho on your trail:
These beautiful creatures are the best part of your trekking in Everest Region. They help you to transport goods across mountain passes for locals, trekkers as well as climbers and expedition members. The sound of the bell hanging on the neck of these animals makes your journey so musical.
Yaks are an iconic symbol of Tibet and transporter of goods in high altitude. They are well adapted to these high altitudes, but at lower altitudes can suffer from heat exhaustion and hair loss as they have a thick layer of fat and lack a normal amount of sweat glands. They are an integral part of mountain life – not least because yak dung is burned instead of firewood to give an eco source of warmth on the cold nights.
Donkeys can carry things up to a certain height and people from mountain regions use them as another good source of transporting things from the lower part to the higher.
Dzho is the new hybrid product of Yak and domestic cow. They are normally stronger like a Yak in high mountains and more productive like cows in terms of giving milk. It’s an important creature for the high mountains.
Exotic Flora & Fauna:
During spring, which normally starts from March to the end of the May months, trekking in Everest region offers the exciting bloom of rhododendron flowers with its various species from tall trees to the bush one. During monsoon, there are 100s of colourful mountain flowers blowing around the trail.
Trekking in Everest Base Camp during spring and late autumn season one can catch glimpse of wild animals most likely to see are the Himalayan Thar (called Mountain Goat), Ghoral, Serow and musk deer, where snow leopard and Himalayan black bear exist but rarely and hardly sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare, and jackal and languor monkey around mid hills.
Birds life are also abundant during spring time mostly commonly seen colorful pheasant and national bird of Nepal called ‘Daphe’ (Lophorous), snow cock and hen, Lammergeyer ‘bearded eagle’, flock of snow pigeon, snow sparrow and robin and other species of birds with mountain crows known as chough or gorak in Sherpa language.
Sherpa Culture & Festivals:
Khumbu region is the main hub for thousands of Sherpas who are well acquainted with mountaineering and trekking adventures. This trekking trail provides the experience of old sherpa culture, traditions, rituals and lifestyle of the Sherpa community.
As you walk into villages coming across religious monuments and Buddhism symbols of prayer walls, Flags, spinning wheels and bells. Sherpa are highly settled around Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Tengboche, Pangboche and Phortse.
The economy of Khumbu Sherpa community traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding cattle cows, ox and yaks due to strong Buddhism practice where killing of animals restricted and not allowed within high Khumbu region, where fresh meat products are found only on Saturday market at Namche Bazaar butchered and brought either from lower area of Solu or from Kathmandu directly by chopper.
Besides their unique culture and bravery mountaineer, sherpa people are famous for their grand festivals. In the Khumbu region, there are 3 major festivals that take place among the Sherpa community. They are Harvest Festival, Mani Rimdu and Lhosar festival.
Sunrise & Sunset from Kalapatthar on the top of the Everest:
During your EBC Trek, Kalapatthar is the highest altitude that you should climb. Kala Patthar means a large black rock mountain which is situated at 5,545m altitude. This is one of the best view points ever in my life. It provides 360-degree sweeping views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and several other incredible mountains along with stunning sunrise from the top of the world and the last ray of sun kissing those giant white mountains.
Everest Base Camp point:
The Base Camp of Everest is of course the most significant highlight of the whole trekking journey; it is the final destination of the trek itself. Trekking for over a week and finally reaching the base camp is a gratifying feeling. It fills up trekkers with a sense of pride and accomplishment. The sense of captivation and inspiration becomes too big to hold as one stands under the shadow of the world’s tallest Himalayan peak, surrounded by snow and vast openness under the clear sky. The sheer size and the bulk of the mountains are sure to lift anyone’s spirits.
And,Everest Base Camp Trekking is full of surprising, exciting, adventure and spiritual journeys, which is enough to fill our mind with peace and happiness.
Normally, the Autumn and Spring seasons are the best time to do trekking in the Everest Region. If you can’t make it through trekking, you can also have the option for the helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Kala Patthar directly.
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