Nepal offers many adventures and diversities. From the rich ethnic cultural prominence of the country to the gorgeous natural beauty and Himalayan terrains, there is no doubt that Nepal truly is quite fascinating. However, among all of the things that can be done, trekking in Nepal is the most famous. Nepal is a land of the Himalayas. As a matter of fact, eight of the ten tallest mountain peaks in the world are situated in Nepal. And trekking to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, is an accomplishment that is definitely worth bragging about.
The Everest Base Camp Trek starts off in the metropolitan of Kathmandu, which is a wonderful city in itself. It has many old cultural sites listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site list; the city’s monarchial buildings and palaces have been persevered since medieval times, providing a good sense of melancholy for the times that have gone by. Kathmandu is also a city with many temples, and twice as many idols of Gods and Goddesses.
A scenic flight to Lukla is taken from Kathmandu. In general, there are a number of ways to reach Lukla- the beginning point of many Everest region treks, including the Everest Base Camp Trek, but a short 40 minute flight is the most preferred way of transport. The flight to Lukla is also like a small reminiscence of wonderful images because the sights from the plane of the terrain down below are simply beautiful. The land changes from the bustling city of Kathmandu to long stretches of highway passing through verdant forests and emerald foliages and lush vegetations that cover the land. This green is contrasted greatly with the flow of the rivers that look like silver serpentine ribbons from the plane.
The trek to Phakding from Lukla is also very beguiling, for the trekking trail goes though wonderful alpine forests and vegetation of the Khumbu. The Cedar and Birch trees growing abundantly in the region are also greatly complimented by the blossoming flowers of red Rhododendrons, purple foxgloves and bright orange and red poppies.
Passing through the Sagarmatha National Park, the trip reaches many ethnic Sherpa villages and mountain towns like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. An important hub of the Khumbu region, Namche was once the rendezvous point for Tibetan and Nepali merchants and traders in ancient times. Furthermore, the view of Mount Everest and many of its neighboring peaks are constant in sight while trekking. From Namche itself, you can view the surrounding peaks of the Ama Dablam, Mount Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, the Island Peak, Thamserku and the Kongdi RI among many others.
The trekking trail also has many monasteries and Gumbas all along the trail. The Tengboche Monastery in particular is quite famous in the Khumbu. It is the largest Buddhist monastery of the region and the village of Tengboche itself is a grand vantage point offering breath-taking views of the Himalayan peaks. The trees and the spires of the gumbas are also decorated with colorful prayer flags that sway briskly in the crisp air of the mountain.
Other highlights of the base camp trek to Mount Everest include the vantage point of Kalapatthar and the sight of the Khumbu glacier and Icefall. The panoramic view of the entre Mount Everest massif from Kalapatthar is just indescribable! Needless to say, treks in Nepal, and particularly the Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventure that should be done at least once in life! In comparison, it is relatively cheaper than most European holidays while at the same time, offers amazing Himalayan features. Available to do at all times of the year, it is suitable for people of all ages and experiences. In fact, even novice trekkers can do the trip! So if you haven’t yet visited Nepal, then it definitely is time to do so for your next vacation!