ONE MORE STEP. ONE MORE BREATH. SLOW AND STEADY. UPHILL AND DOWNHILL. EMBARK ON A JOURNEY ALL THE WAY TO THE EVEREST.
As remarkable as the Mt. Everest (8848m) is, the journey to its base camp might be even more so with a myriad of challenges and treats along the trails. The thrilling beginning at the Lukla Airport followed by the awakening exploration of Sagarmatha National Park in the initial leg of the trek begins to show promises of what lay in store for the trekkers on the journey ahead. Namche Bazaar, a glorious town of hints of modernization and loads of Sherpa delights pave the way to Tengboche. Home to the illustrious Tengboche Monastery, the Tibetan-Buddhist culture, and sublime Himalayan panorama add even more spice to the trek. Continually overcoming one pass after another and conquering one hill after the other, the Himalayas seem even closer as the glistening mountains bless the trekkers with majestic ecstasy. Finally culminating at the base camp of the highest peak on Earth, the Everest Base Camp, although, a human-designated spot, reigns supreme with views of the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall. Even more Himalayan parade await at the Kalapatthar viewpoint including those of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Nuptse (7861m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) among others. Immerse in the Sherpa culture, their casual Himalayan bravado, and scenes of the glorious mountains while on the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Following is a list of a few attractions of the Everest Base Camp Trek,
1. Lukla Airport
Starting of the trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, where close views of mountains, beautiful scenery, and change in topography can be witnessed quite vividly. The Lukla airport brings travelers from all around the world hoping to make it up to the Everest base camp while few go on an attempt to summit Everest. Enclosed in one end by a cliff face and the other side by a big stone wall, the flight takes a dramatic landing. Often, it is referred as one of the most dangerous airports in the world because of its staggering altitude, short runway, and the location of the airport itself.
2. Namche Bazaar
This small town of Khumbu is a gateway to the Mount Everest. Namche Bazaar is a hub to trade everything from Tibetan handicrafts to trekking and climbing gears. Every Saturday, the market fair sells handicrafts, arts, woolen, and wooden arts which can be a handful of souvenirs to take back home. This bazaar has mini tea houses and lodges for trekkers to rest and acclimatize on their Himalayan adventure. In the town is a museum, Sherwi Khangba Center, which has records of various attempts to climb the Mt. Everest (8848m), and stories of the life and culture of Sherpa people. This town of generous locales boasts of subtle modern luxuries as well which makes the life of the trekkers easier and interesting on the same go.
3. Tengboche Monastery
The Tibetan-Buddhist monastery of Tengboche is decorated with ancient Mani stones and five colored prayer flags. A spiritual hub to the Sherpas in this region, it is nothing short of having blessed with Himalayan magnificence. Ama Dablam (6856m) as a backdrop and awe-inspiring sights of Lhotse (8414m) and Nuptse (7861m) surround the monastery. The monastery has its own cultural significance as it was built in 1961 by Lama Kulu. Visitors and trekkers come to this place to pray and take blessing from the monks for good health and safe journey. During the month of October, the place hosts Mani Rimdu festival To celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Kalapatthar (5545m) is a small landmark formed by black rocks; however, do not be swayed by this simple description of this truly remarkable vantage point. It is located at the South Ridge of Pumo Ri (7165m) above Gorakshep. Ascending the Kalapatthar, allows the trekkers to relish the 360° views of mountains. Also said to be the best viewpoint to witness the Mt. Everest (8848m), it also offers views of Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and numerous other mountains. The sights of Khumbu Glacier and the Icefall are also notably witnessed from this vantage point.
5. Everest Base Camp (5364m)
After days of walking over the trails, the journey reaches its climax at the Everest Base Camp. The base camp is sure to spark jubilations of joy and pride; however, it is more about the journey that ends in such joy rather than the sole destination itself. Mountains, obviously, are in store from the views offered by the base camp including the Khumbu icefall and Glacier. The journey and the moments one spends at the base camp are what make a truly life-defining experience. Reveling in the Himalayan grace, one can beam of the journey for years to come.
The trek is a wonderful mix of natural and cultural experiences, along with the sense of personal achievement and adventure that comes after reaching the camp. The trek is made of even greater staggering stature due to the solemn moments of cultural revelations and strenuous trails ending in rapturous achievements. Join Marron Treks to live your dream and to do so in style!