Why trekkers like Everest base camp trek? This is a very common question that most of the trekkers/hikers get on their mind before they plan to go to Everest base camp trek. Many of the trekkers get so many options and they get confused about what they are looking for to do it in Nepal? Most of the trekkers get confused about which trek they should do either Annapurna, Everest or anywhere else of Nepal. This article is to all the hikers who are looking for what to see in the Everest base camp trek and why trekkers need to do Everest base camp trek?
If you are mountain lovers and adventure activists, then you may have heard about the Everest base camp trekking. The trek route which goes to the base camp of the World tallest mountain to explore the beauty of the diversified landscapes and the locals along the Everest regions. Everest base camp trek has been one of the prime destinations for the hikers since the Hillary and Tenzing stepped up to the summit of Mt Everest. Located in the north-east from the Kathmandu Khumbu Regions is home to the tall mountain peaks. Aper from Everest there are many other peaks which are above 8,000 meters which you can see on your Everest base camp trek. Starting from Lukla to the top of the Kalapathar trekkers can see the vivid range of the landscape and the natural topography. Initially, a green forest full of pines and oaks is along the trekking trails then, when you climb more the greenery slowly fades and the desert and glaciers come up. Uncountable mountain peaks appear during your trek to Everest base camp trek on this sherpa land. Sherpa people live here on the routes of Everest base camp. That is the reason you can see the amazing sherpa cultures and their traditions as well as the festival associated with their cultures. Here are some reasons why you should do the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Trekkers land to the capital of Nepal Kathmandu. Kathmandu is one of the ancient cities of Nepal where they can learn the religions, culture, traditions, lifestyle as well as the beliefs of the Nepalese people. It is always good for the hikers if they do sightseeing before they start their Everest base camp trek. Historical and cultural monuments like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupa provides you with the in-depth knowledge of Hinduism and Buddhism. You can learn the norms and values of their religion as well as their traditions. Visiting these sites allows you to know about their festival celebrations as well as some life ritual events. Visiting Pashupatinath temple provides you with an in-depth knowledge of Hinduism and Hindu life activities. Cremations in Pashupatinath temple are another interesting thing to see for the trekkers. Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are the holy Buddhist stupa where there are many monasteries nearby. There are many similarities in both stupas. Visiting this stupa is very time worthy for the visitors. Lastly, Kathmandu durbar squares are the palace of the King’s family and also an area where there is a gathering of several temples together. Kumari Living goddess and the Kal Bhairav are very interesting things that you can see during your visit to the Kathmandu durbar squares.
Everest base camp trek starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The Flight is very thrilling because of the astonishing views of the Himalayas. Mountain peaks of the Langtang Himalayan ranges and Rolwaling ranges can be clearly seen from the flights. When you enter into the northeastern part of Nepal you can also see the Everest mountain ranges. The incredible flight passes through the valley, forest, rivers and passes. The Kathmandu to Lukla flight passes the Lamjura La (3,530m / 11,583 ft) pass and lands at the Lukla 2850 Meter. Lukla is one of the top elevated airstrips in the world. Tenzing Hillary airport is a lifeline of the local peoples as well as the trekkers who go trekking to Everest regions. Known as a gateway to the Khumbu region, it is one of the small towns that supply the stuff to the people who live in the Khumbu region.
Sagarmatha National park is the most highlighted thing to see the Everest base camp trek route. UNESCO listed Sagarmatha national park as the home of some endangered species of wildlife. The national parks hold an amazing diversified landscape from greenery to the moraines and glaciers. The National park has many waterfalls and fast following mountain glacier rivers. Living cultures of the local ethnic groups are everywhere along the trekking routes of the Everest base camp trek routes. The vegetation is varied as per the elevations of the villages that you go. The visitors and trekkers need to get the Sagarmatha National park permit which are issued at Jorsale. Jorsale is in between Phakding and Namche Bazaar. Snow-Leopard, Musk Deer and Himalayan pheasants are very common in these national parks. Besides that, the enormous number of the peaks are the main speciality of the Everest National Park.
Namche Bazar is one of the busiest and highlighted sherpa villages of the Everest base camp hiking trails. Located at the altitude of the 3500 meters, is the place where all the trekkers do all mitigations for the better trek experience. With the many hotels, it is the biggest trading place for the locals of their daily needs. Bakery and bars are available for the tourist. Most of the tourists stay here for the acclimatization and they go today’s hike. Everest view hotel is the best viewpoint to see the mesmerizing views of the Kongde RI, the Thamserku, Everest, Amadablam and many other mountain peaks. Mani walls and chorten along the trek are the other attractions where you will feel a religious being here. Near Namche Bazar, there are some chorten with prayer lungs. Sherpa people live here in Namche and you can see the cultures of the Sherpa people.
Sherpa people are very popular for their bravery in climbing peaks around the world. One the way to Everest base camp trek there are many villages where you can see the sherpa people and their villages. The local ethnic group’s sherpa lives villages like, Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Syangboche, Chukung, Thame and many other villages which lies on the route of the Everest base camp. Agriculture and tourism are the main income source of the Sherpa people. Sherpa guides from these communities take you to the Mt. Everest expeditions. Sherpa people follow the Tibetan Buddhism and in each sherpa village there you can see the chorten and Mani walls with the colourful prayer flags.