Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek
Humans are by instinct never satisfied and always inquisitive for newness. Humans do have a fancy of travelling to new places and cherish with satisfaction. Mother Nature has blessed our country Nepal to be the most beautiful country in the world. This small kingdom has stolen the heart of many tourists. Here we present you the attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek. Our country’s natural, cultural, religious, and historical heritage have made a perfect amalgamation for trekking and travelling across her.
The Everest Base Camp Trekking is the most beautiful trail in the Everest Region. It is the most traversed trekking trail of the Himalayas after Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There are several major attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is famous for its spectacular mountain views, unique lifestyle and hospitality of the Sherpa people. Everest Base Camp Trek is very famous amongst the trekkers because many people long to see the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest from nearby. In fact, it is one of the biggest adventures of the world which is achievable.
Everest Base Camp Trek offers the best mountain panoramas in the world. In this trek, you will be eating and breathing mountains everywhere. The Everest region in Nepal has four other peaks above eight thousand meters high viz. Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m) besides Mount Everest. The beauty of this section of the world is incomparable. It is one of the most inspiring places in the world and trekking is possible all year round, but the best times to visit are March to May and September to December.
The Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a 30 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is an entry point of the Everest Region. You start your trek from Lukla. On the way to the Everest Base Camp, there are many tea houses in which you can stay and eat local as well as Western cuisines. The trail takes one through the green Dudhkosi Valley, which is rich in Flora and Fauna, Sherpa Villages, and Buddhist Monasteries. It leads one up to the legendary Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar where you spend two nights exploring and acclimatizing. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the high altitude treks. Therefore, acclimatization is an important factor for reducing the prospects of altitude sickness. Then you follow the trail to the villages of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche where Yaks can be seen grazing in the high meadows.
Finally, you reach the last human settlement, the village of Gorakshep, which is just two hours from Everest Base Camp. From here, you can see the Khumbu Ice Fall and interact with many people from different corners of the world heading towards Everest. From Gorakshep, your trail takes you to Kalapathar (5, 545 m) from where you have the best view of the Himalayan Range. From here you can capture the best mountain scene, observe every mountain from the minimum proximity and then you descend following the same trail with still more splendid, fascinating and breathtaking views that leaves you with a lot of wonderful memories for your lifetime.
We also have a shorter alternative to the trek called Everest Panorama Trekking.
The Everest region has diversional landscapes, insurmountable hills, fertile valleys, hilarious flora and fauna, tranquil lakes and so on. Therefore, the Everest Region is a galaxy of fascination and experience.
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Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Explore Sherpa Museum and Saturday market in Namche Bazaar
- Panoramic view from National Park Head Quarter and from the Everest View Hotel
- 360º view of the whole Himalayas from Kalapatthar (5,545 m)
- Camping at the foot of the tallest mountain in the world
- Experience Sherpa culture and glance of Yeti head in Khumjung village
- Visit Tengboche monastery.
Attractions of Everest Base Camp
Lukla Airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. It is also an airport located in the high altitude region. It is also known as Tenzing Hilary Airport. It is one of the major attractions of Everest Base Camp. The location of this airport is strategic that the beauty underlying around it is unimaginable. This airport is the centre of every trek because every trek starts from here. It is very beautiful and mesmerizing. The trek to the Base Camp of Everest begins from here. The airport is really very beautiful and it looks as if it is hanging in clouds. The airport is located in front of the mountain and its beauty can only be felt completely once you land there. The airport is a historical entity of Nepal as it was the first place where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa stepped their foot for the first time for this trek.
Another attractions of Everest Base Camp trek is Namce Bazzar. It is the gateway to Everest Base Camp. In fact, all trekking trails of the Everest Region pass-through this rural town. Namche Bazar consists of various restaurants, pubs, and market areas where one can enjoy by their own choice. The location and the formation of this small town are so pretty. It looks like a small amphitheatre if you look from the bottom. It is one of the major highlights of the Everest Region trekking. Even though this place is quite expensive, it serves the best kind of its services for all the tourists. The sloppy region of Namche is quite beautiful and the views from here are quite admirable. It is breathtaking as we can see the beautiful Himalayas.
Everest Region Trek is culturally inspiring. It has protected ancient Gompas, monasteries, stupas, Mani walls, religious sites etc. Tengboche monastery is one of the several Buddhist landmarks you discover on the way to the Everest Base Camp. Also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, the monastery is located in Tengboche village of Khumbu and is the largest of the region. The devout Buddhist pilgrimage is amidst the Sagarmatha National Park which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan range. The residing Rinpoche blesses the pilgrims and travellers leaving them with a sense of tranquillity and spirituality. Tengboche Monastery has a record of being the oldest and the largest monastery in the town. Therefore, it is related to Tibetan Buddhism.
Travelling to the monastery provides you with spiritual solace as well as the best views of the locale.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park was established on 19th July 1976 AD. It is located in the Solukhumbu district of Province No. 1. It is the highest National Park in the world, ranges from 6,000 m to 8,848 m covering a huge number of mountains, rivers, peaks, valleys, and glaciers. It was enlisted in the world heritage sites in 1979 AD. Sagarmatha National Park covers 1148 square kilometres of area. The highest peak of the world Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam and numerous other peaks are located in this National park. The habitat of this National park is endangered species like snow leopard, red pandas, hornbill, and so on. The park is home to approximately 3,000 Sherpa people as well. This park is well preserved and is one of the beautiful places one can visit.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is nothing less than a piece of heaven on the earth. Many people have the passionate desire to visit Everest Base Camp once in a lifetime. This is really the heart of the whole Everest region trekking. The long, tiring and yet pleasant journey reaches its climax at the Everest Base Camp. With the world’s highest mountain soaring high above you. People reaching the base camp of Mount Everest can’t stop themselves from admiring the incredible melt patterns and rounded ice towers of Khumbu Icefall. The close-up views of Everest are truly mesmerizing and the best part of the trek. Also, one can get beautiful glimpses of surrounding peaks including Pumori, Khumbuste, and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp trekking is undoubtedly the world’s most popular trekking adventure because you know there is no big option other than Everest itself.
Kala Patthar is the world-famous vantage point located in the Everest region. It is very popular among trekkers because it offers 360º mountain panoramas of the Himalayas. Kalapatthar, also known as ‘black rock’, is the highest place during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a point at an altitude of 5,545 m from where we can have a complete view of Mt. Everest and other surrounding mountains. It is much famous due to its high altitude location as well as the sight of the Khumbu glacier and icefalls below. Exploring this vantage point makes all kinds of Everest Base Camp Treks more stunning and fruitful.
Khumbu International Library
Irrespective of many other highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Khumbu International Library is one of the most precious attractions of the entire Khumbu Valley. The library is set at the heart of Namche Bazar. Khumbu International Library is a noticeable part of the Sheri Khangba Centre. The International library houses books, magazines, and video documentaries covering all the aspects of the mountains prevailing in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Along with it, one can also indulge in digging up information on mountains over the world.
There is also an availability of a directory that provides references covering every mountain existing in every continent. The perusal of the books provides information regarding biographies, expeditions, guides, historical accounts, flora and fauna, geographical and geological features of the world. It also sheds light on the history and findings of the early explorations of the mountains. The library invites everyone with open arms, from locals to foreigners after a small amount of entrance fees is paid.
Splendid Mountain Views
The famous vantage point of Mount Everest, Kala Patthar offers you the most accessible and close-up views of the world’s highest peak. Lying at the base of Khumbu Icefall, it is a big black rock leading you with a freezing walk to the Everest Base Camp. The highest altitude on your trek at 5,545 meters, provides you with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks including Pumori, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lingtren, Khutse, Thangsherkhu and Taboche in addition to Everest. The stunning view from the top of Kala Patthar is simply mesmerizing and make your trek absolutely worthwhile.
The Everest region is itself is a living ethnographic museum for sociologists and anthropologists. Traversing through Dudh Koshi valley on the way to the base camp, you will arrive at this beautiful Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. After a day hike to Syangboche, arrive at Everest View Hotel to get the stunning views of the glacial valleys and peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Explore ancient villages of the Khumbu region including Pangboche, Lobuche, Phortse, Dingboche and the Khumjung, where you discover a monastery supposedly housing ‘Yeti Scalp’. Nepal Himalaya gets synonymous with Sherpas. It is because the indigenous people and dwellers of the mountains are the backbone of the region. The brave Sherpa people live life with simplicity which is quite admirable and inspiring. Their unique Sherpa culture, traditions, and Buddhist religion give you an appealing insight into the lifestyle in this remote corner of the developing world. Also, taste the exotic dishes of the mountain regions including yak cheese, Thukpa, potato vegetables and dal-bhat meals.
Last but Not the Least
Everest, the name itself is complete and the attractions of the EBC trek cannot be circumscribed within just a few points mentioned above. However, the ones which are mentioned above are the best ones that are cherry-picked from the lot. Numerous teahouses are scattered throughout the trails which cater to a trekker’s needs especially a warm cup of tea and a bowl of garlic soup to name a few. Let’s hope the above-mentioned points made a compelling case for why you should absolutely plan your next trek to EBC soon. So, hurry and spark up your humdrum routine with a getaway to the widely recommended EBC trek.
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