Everest Base Camp, or EBC, Trek is one of the world's most iconic trails, a mecca for adventure lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. This trek takes you along the villages, valleys, crevasses, hills, rivers, waterfalls, and towering peaks of Solukhumbu district, eastern Nepal. So what are the reasons for you to trek to Everest Base Camp?
A beautiful flight to Lukla
Although the flight to Lukla is considered one of the most dangerous flights in the world, it is also one of the most picturesque flights in Nepal. There are various ways to trek to Everest Base Camp, which include Ramechhap to Lukla Flight, Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek route, Jiri to Everest Base Camp routes, etc. But trekkers favor the Lukla flight route the most, even though it is considered risky. But the flight has its pluses; travelers can have a wonderful outlook of forested hills, valleys, dazzling rivers and villages, and more from above.
While landing at Lukla Airport, you can have your first sneak peek of Mt.Everest. Also called the gateway to Everest, Lukla is the origin point of the Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes, and the Gokyo Lake treks.
Visiting the world's highest national park, Sagarmatha National Park
On the way to Namche Bazaar, we arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park, which covers the entirety of the Khumbu region. This protected area needs passes to enter, which you can get at its entrance gate. From here on, you can experience the Nepali Alpine ecosystem, which features dense forests of pine, oak, junipers, bamboo, and rhododendrons, the latter being Nepal's national flower. This forest also provides shelter to various endangered flora and fauna unique to this region.
Also known as the Tourism Capital of the region and home to the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region, the beautiful proto-city of Namche Bazaar acts as a rest and acclimatization destination for trekking on the EBC and other Everest region treks. Tourism is the main profession followed by the people of Namche Bazaar, and this shows. You can find plenty of cafes, bakeries, pubs, lodges, and tea houses all over the place, which creates a unique backpacker ambiance. Namche also boasts an incredible backdrop consisting of the beautiful Mt. Kongde Ri (6,187m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623m), also the mighty Mt. Everest (8,848m).
The Tengboche monastery lies on the hilltop near Tengboche village, on the convergence of the iconic Dudh Kosi and Imja rivers. Tengboche is a largest monastery in the Khumbu region and even one of the largest in Nepal and built in 1916 by Lama Gulu. From the Tengboche Monastery, one can take in remarkable views of peaks like Everest, Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Trekkers and Alpinists love to visit this holy site to explore its history and also offer incense for a successful base camp trek or even a climb to the top. This monastery is also home to thousands of Buddhist monks.
Any Everest trek will be incomplete without visiting Nepal's Highest Altitude Hotel, Everest View Hotel. The property, which was also included in Guinness World Records for the Highest Altitude Hotel in the world in 2004, is one of the coolest places to stay and have an outdoor meal on your trip to Everest. To reach Everest View Hotel, a few hours worth of trekking from Namche Bazaar will do.
Everest base camp is the primary attraction of the entire trek. The camp lies at an elevation of 5300m, which is also the closest point you can get to the peak of Everest without actually going on a professional climbing expedition. The base camp area is magical, with prayer flags, tens, and ambiance, and hosts a large valley and beautiful scenes of the Khumbu glacier.
Kala Patthar is the highest point of the Everest Trek from Everest is on your in front. Kala Patthar means 'black rock,' and it is exactly what Kalapatthar is. A black rock overhang overlooking the Khumbu Valley from an altitude of 5,500m. Kala Patthar is one the best viewpoint in Nepal to have magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the cold and freezing Himalayan landscape. Trekkers can take an early morning hike to reach the summit before sunrise. The viewpoint provides a 360-degree panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Ama Dablam, among many other towering peaks.
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