Everest Region offers up some of the highest treks in the world. To help decide which trek is best for you, here’s a list of the main trekking routes with the duration and highlights for each. You’ll have great views on all these treks, but which one you choose will depend on your time frame, budget, and appetite for challenge.
# Surround yourself by the most iconic mountains in the world
# Experience Sherpa culture, villages, and climbing culture
# Stay in Namche Bazaar, the closest you’ll get to a Himalayan city
# Experience the highest national park in the world
# Ascend 5000m+ passes on the Three Passes trek
# In Spring, watch as expeditions gear up to climb Everest
Tenzing–Hillary Airport (IATA: LUA, ICAO: VNLK), also known as Lukla Airport, is a small airport in the town of Lukla, in Khumbu, Solukhumbu District, Province No. 1, eastern Nepal. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.
Lukla is a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. Situated at 2,860 metres (9,383 ft), it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Although Lukla means place with many goats and sheep, few are found in the area these days.
A Mani wall is the reflection of Buddhist faith in stone. Mani means jewel and the act of inscribing sacred hymns (mantras) on stones transform them into jewels that radiate the Buddhist faith. The walls aren’t always walls and sometime come in mounds as in Khumjung. Whatever the shape, they consist of small stone tablets inscribed with mantras. And more likely than not, it is the “Om Mani Padme Hum” that is inscribed. Some maintain esoteric meanings of this mantra while others believe that it the sound and not the meaning that is important. On more earthly planes, the mani walls serve a purpose as trail dividers and trail markers. As such they aid in the flow of pack animals and reassure travellers of the route. It has also been suggested that mani walls function as landslide markers.
Namche Bazaar is a town and in Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu District of Province No. 1 of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Most Sherpa who are in the tourism business are from the Namche area.
Hotel Everest View is located within the Everest National Park in Nepal and offers a mesmerizing view of Mt.Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.
A stupa is said to represent the holy mind of Lord Buddha. Each step shows the way to enlightenment.
A day or two spent at Namche for acclimatization can be used to hike to nearby Sherpa villages like Khunde and Khumjung. The hikes will be rewarding with a chance to meet the charming people, experience the warmth of Sherpa culture, taste local cuisines, observe developmental milestones, and to see the mountains.
Tengboche (or Thyangboche) is located at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft). In the village is an important Buddhist monastery, Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region. The structure was built in 1923.
Yaks are synonymous to life at high altitudes, like in the Himalayas. In Nepal, you are likely to encounter them on the Everest Base Camp Trek where they are used as carriers on the trail. The yaks are easy to spot – they can be up to two meters tall and up to a metric ton in weight.
Gorakshep is the small settlement that sits at its edge at 5,164m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest. The last stop on the trek to Everest Base Camp before trekkers reach their goal at the foot of the world's tallest mountain.
The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. However, trekking to Lukla is possible. There are no roads from Kathmandu to Lukla and as a result, the only method of transporting large and heavy goods is by plane.
Kala Patthar has an elevation of 5,644.5 m (18,519 ft) and is a small trekking peak famous for its incredible summit views of Mount Everest. The structure of Everest, the summit is not actually visible from Base Camp and most trekkers will opt to climb Kala Patthar in order to view it.
From the view point at Kala Patthar you can also see the giant peaks of Numptse, Changtse and Lhotse.
Many people tend to climb Kala Patthar early in the morning to get the dawn light, however, the sun rises behind Everest and Lhotse and you won’t get a good shot at this time. The best time to climb is late after noon as the sun is setting. If the weather is on your side you’ll be able to see Everest and Lohtse bathed in golden sunlight.
Gokyo is a small village in the Everest region at the foot of Gokyo Ri and located on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake. The village is located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft), making it one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world might be.
An Everest base camp trek is the adventure of a lifetime, a journey for those whose dreams soar higher than even the clouds. Miles from cars, conveniences, and daily luxuries, you'll saturate your spirit in natural beauty and stretch your personal endurance beyond what you thought possible.
Accessing Your Trek
To access the Everest Region, most people take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where you start the climb toward Namche Bazaar (usually done in two days). Alternatively, if you have more time and are interested village life, it’s best to start your trek from Jiri, Shivalaya or Salleri, four days walk south of Lukla. To reach Salleri, you’ll need to take public or private road transport from Kathmandu. Starting your trek from Salleri or Jiri is a great option if you have the time.
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