Top 10 Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp trekking itself is a world class trip in high elevation with smiling Sherpa people with their unique and typical lifestyle under the shadow of giant mountains. The famous mountains such as Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Lhotse (8,511 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), Makalu (8,470 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and many more unnamed mountains are located in the Khumbu region. The top 10 major attractions are adventures flight to lukla, Namche bazaar, cultures, Sherpa life style, monasteries, Kala patthar etc.
01: One of The Most Adventure Flight in The World: Tenzing-Hillary Airport
Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Nepal is one of the most adventure flight in the world. It is a small airport in the town of Lukla, in Khumbu, Solukhumbu District. This airport is the center of the trek, from where most people start their trek.
- The official name of the airport is Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary
- The airport’s elevation is 9,334 ft (2,845 m)
- The runway is 527 m (1,729 ft) × 30 m (98 ft) with a 11.7% gradient
- In peak season the airlines operate over 50 flights a day
- The airport was built in 1964 & runway was not paved until 2001
02: Scenery of World’s Most Spectacular Mountains:
Massif Everest Mountains range with some of the world highest Mountains. The famous mountains such as Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Lhotse (8,511 m), Nuptse (7879 m), Makalu (8470 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and many more unnamed mountains are located in the Khumbu region. This is the most concentrated mountain region with the highest mountains of the world, where more than 200 peaks are higher than 6,000 m.
- Nepal has 8 out of the world’s 14 highest mountains including the Mount Everest.
- Mount Everest is top of the world 8,848 m from the sea level.
- Fantastic and breathtaking view of more then 20 peaks from one place.
03: Namche Bazaar: A Himalayan Town of Everest Region
Namche Bazaar is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 m. It is a tourist hub and the most popular resting stop in the Khumbu region. It is also biggest town in the Kumbu Valley.
- Buddhist culture with warm Sherpa hospitality.
- One in a million place on Earth, Mountain views are mesmerizing.
- First acclimatization point of Everest region trek/ climbing.
04: Sagarmatha National Park, Listed by UNESCO
Sagarmatha National Park is the world highest national ranges from 2,900 m to 8,848 m. It is listed on World Natural Heritage Site, It is a protected area in the Himalayas of northeast Nepal. Sagarmatha National Park is a major highlight for Everest Base Camp trek. National park cover covers 443 square miles (1148 sq. km) in Nepal’s Khumbu region, and features the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest.
- Sagarmath National Park is established on July 19, 1976
- Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), snow leopard, red panda.
- Rhodendron and pine forest with birds
- National park cover covers 443 square miles (1148 sq. km)
05: Everest Base Camp – Top of The World
Everest Base Camp is located in Khambu region of Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft). Everest Base Camp trekking itself is a world class trip in high elevation with smiling Sherpa people with their unique and typical lifestyle under the shadow of giant mountains.
- Base Camp at 5,380 m (17,600 ft) on the south side of Everest in Nepal.
- You cannot see the summit of Mt. Everest but you can see Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and Khambu ice fall.
- Whether of base camp is always changes as per hour.
- On the way to base camp from Gorakshep you can view the Mt. Everest.
- You can enjoy the high speed internet at the Everest base camp.
06: Unique Cultures and Lifestyle of Legendary Sherpa’s
Sherpa is one of the major ethnic groups native to the most mountainous regions of Nepal. The name Sherpa means “easterner,” making reference to their origins in Khams, eastern Tibet. Everest region is a major Sherpa settlement of the Himalayas and has an amazing mountainous landscape. Sherpas are local people of mountain, they are highly skilled & experienced climber, guide.
- Sherpa are renowned for their climbing skills, superior strength & endurance at high altitudes.
- The famous Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary.
- The Sherpa people living mainly in hilly and Himalayan region are found in Northern area of Nepal.
- Sherpas are Buddhist and lhosar is their major festival.
07: Discovering Some of the Old & Famous Monasteries in the Lap of Mountains
The monasteries found in Everest Region are at Khumjung, Thame Monastery, Tengboche Monastery, Pangboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. It is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa.
Khumjung monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu valley. The monastery is well know in Khumbu for its precious old religious books and artifacts. It’s beautiful painting and statues were created by artists who migrated from Mustang valley.
- Tengboche Monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gelu.
- In 1934 and 1989 it was destroyed by an earthquake.
08: Mesmerizing Hikes to Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Icefall and Kala Patthar
Your ultimate destination of your exacting trek to Everest base camp (5,364 m). Actually Goraksep to Everest base camp distance is 3.4 km, we can see Khumbu Glacier along the way to EBC. Though it looks close it takes around 3 hours to reach there. In the spring season you can see campsites on base camp that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent of Everest expedition.
Kala Patthar “black rock” (18,209 ft / 5,550 m ) is located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas above Gorakshep. The views are fantastic and breathtaking from the top, it takes around 2 hrs to reach the top. Panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khutse, Mt. Thangsherkhu and Mt. Taboche.
- The elevation of Kala Patthar is commonly listed as 5,545–5,550 m (18,192–18,209 ft).
- Base Camp at 5,364 m (17,580 ft) on the south side of Everest in Nepal.
- Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Everest, it provides the most accessible closeup view of Everest and others many mountains.
09: Tea House – Where You Sleep
This is the way Nepalis & Foreigners usually travel, making their overnight halts at primitive bhattis, and carrying minimal luggage. In the three Everest trekking areas, these bhattis have evolved into sophisticated trekkers’ lodges which today offer private rooms, sun-terraces, hot showers, varied and exotic menus and supplies of beer portered in from down-country. In popular regions the availability of such accommodation gives you the flexibility to adjust your itinerary on a daily basis and travel light.
- As you move higher up into the Himalayas the toilet and shower facilities become more and more basic.
- Generally rooms are setup as twin-share, featuring two beds with a mattress, pillows, blanket & sheets.
- Charging devices like mobile phones, tablets, teahouse will charge some about to charge your device.
10: Explore Sherpa Museum & Library
Sherpa Culture Museums are located at the world famous Namche Bazaar, Khumjung Valley and Pangboche. On your acclimatization day will take you to Namche Sherpa museum. Inside the museum, Sherpa culture their utensils, clothes, shoes, equipment’s that shows Sherpa lifestyles. There is a lot of information regarding Sagarmatha and its climbers also about the various expeditions and their adventures.
- Tenzing- Hillary Memorial Park
- Rock Climbing spot
- Khunde Chamkang (heritage or meditation site)
- Khunde and Khumjung – The twin green villages
- Gokyo Lakes & Gokyo Ri
- Explore Dingboche & Chhukung valley
- Hike to Everest view hotel
- Rotate all “Prayer Wheels” along the way to EBC
- Build “Stone Piles” whenever you can
- Attend daily morning & evening praying ceremony in Tengboche Monastery