These experiences are only teasers and the full-blown story about the Everest Base Camp is only revealed after you go there yourself. Here are the top reasons why EBC Trek deserves to be on the top of your travel list:
Rich Sherpa Culture
Sherpas are one of the major ethnic groups, native to the most mountainous regions, of Nepal. They have been aptly described as the guardians of the Himalayas for their generational knowledge and exceptional skills of mountain climbing, trekking, and hiking. They have been the advocates of preserving the tradition of trekking and learning about the Himalayas by attracting many domestic as well as international tourists and honoring the Mount Everest. Their skills also include discovering new trails, testing the waters of newly opened trails, figuring a route for trekkers, carrying and fixing all necessary equipment for the trek. As EBC is one of the most sought after trails, the Sherpas in this trail is exceptionally great guides as well due to their overwhelming years of experience. They have worked hard to earn respect and glory for their tribe over the years, following the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first Nepali who climbed the Everest and undoubtedly a Sherpa himself.
8000m peaks and Mount Everest
A primal reason mountain lovers are keen to take on Everest Base Camp Trek is that of the marvelous views of the Everest along with several other mountains exceeding the height of 8000m and your expectations. The trails and numerous vantage points on the trips here cater the scenic beauty in the most exquisite way. Trekkers are able to view not one but six different peaks from viewpoint including the mighty Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and the Annapurna range. While these gigantic beauties, perfect in their isolated forms, are unmistakably gorgeous together from a single standpoint view. The world’s highest group of peaks together in one same place is the one time experience everyone must experience. If you’re finding heaven on earth, this is it.
Everest Base Camp Trekking (Trek to EBC) and Kalapatthar
You might be wondering how it could possibly get better—well, you need to hear about the unique configuration of the whole base camp. It not only provides just one but unlimited options for viewing the tallest peak in the world. The first view is seen directly from the just after the little trek on the second from the starting point, the Namche Bazaar. You won’t even have to hassle in the tiniest bit as every step takes you closer to one peak or the other. Kalapatthar or the ‘Black Rock’ located in the southern range of Pumori in the Himalayas. Kalapatthar is the highest viewpoint from which the Everest can be seen with the clearest view. As a part of the Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla, you can also view the other mountains including Nuptse, Amadablam, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori and Nup II.
Sagarmatha National Park
Established in 1976 at an elevated terrain ranging from 2,845m to 8,848mencompassing an area of 1,148 km2 is the Sagarmatha National Park in the Solukhumbu region. Although largely dominated by the Mount Everest and rugged terrains, the park also consists of Dudh Koshi River, Bhotekoshi river basin and the Gokyo Lakes. The exclusive composition of the park features forested temperate zone, a subalpine zone above 3,000 m, and an alpine zone above 4,000 m. Due to the diverse terrains, an equally diverse ecosystem prevails in the park. The forests provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Sagarmatha National Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. Himalayan Thar, Langur monkeys, martens, and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.
Flight to Lukla
Enough about walking, let’s get into flying! The flights to Lukla are mostly operated by Yeti Airlines and Simrik airlines and take about 30 minutes from the capital, Kathmandu. While it is an out of the world experience to be standing right in front of the highest peaks of the world, it is an entirely different experience to watch them from above, amidst the clouds and maybe even above it. The flights start from early morning, which is in fact, the best time to embark on this winged journey. The flight features not only the face to face view of the Everest but the rising of the sun over the hill which composes an absolutely stunning vista. If you are an adventure-monger, you are in for a treat as the landing at Lukla is an adventure in itself. The airport is dubbed as one of the most dangerous in the world due to its location and short runway of 80 meters. Just to get your mind boggled, Usain Bolt holds the world record for running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds. And here you are talking about an airplane god knows at what speed and weighing god knows how much how much kgs. Do the math and enjoy the landing.
Largest Buddhist Monasteries in Everest Region: Tengboche
Adding to the natural goodness is the simplicity of the Buddhist monasteries that offers glimpses of the humble lifestyle of the monks clad in red and yellow. The largest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated at 3,867 meters. The trek to this particular is one of the shortest treks consisting of only 5-6 days of light trekking. The monastery is open to foreigners except for a few selected areas. Other Everest Base Camp treks also feature an old but preserved monastery at Pangboche. The preserved monasteries feature several ancient articles and scriptures revealing their history and origins.
All in all, the Everest Base Camp trek is an adventure packed thrilling journey that only few could imagine completing. With these reasons, it would be a waste not to have EBC in your trek list. So what are you waiting for? Get packing for the trip of your life!