Whenever this question is raised, the simple answer is to be at the base camp situated at the top of the world. However, the answer does not conclude here. In a trek, the final destination holds its beautiful meaning but it’s the journey that gets imprinted to our core memory. And make no mistake the journey to the Everest Base Camp trek will leave you stunned with its one-of-a-kind trekking trails.
Let me explain the extraordinary journey to the base camp situated at the top of the world, Everest Base Camp.
Adventurous Flight to Lukla
The journey to the Everest Base Camp trek starts with a magnificent mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This flight is no ordinary flight. Arguably this flight is one of the most thrilling experiences you can get from a mountain flight. Lukla airport is famous for having a small runway at the top of a cliff. The view of snow covered mountain rising parallel to your side is just heavenly. And the landing is as adventurous as being in an action movie.
Majestic Himalayas of the Khumbu region
This action movie kind of flight will take you to the Khumbu region of Nepal. This region is home to the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. Besides Everest, the Khumbu region belongs to the other towering mountains, including Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many others. This dazzling mountain will leave you gazing and you can’t help but wonder if you can touch the sky for real from the horizon.
Sagarmatha National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site
During the Everest Base Camp trek, you will be spending most of your time traversing through the UNESCO-listed world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha National Park is home to rare flora and fauna. More than 1000 species of plant life are found in this region. Fir, Himalayan birch, juniper, rhododendron, moss, and lichen are a few examples. Similarly, Sagarmatha National Park nests around 280 species of bird. Impheyan pheasant, bearded vulture, Tibetan snowcock, and Alpine cough are a few examples. Animals like Himalayan Thar, Himalayan serow, musk deer, and snow leopard roam this park too. The national park’s birch and bamboo forests offer a tranquil setting for strolling. A magnificent excursion in the landscapes like vast cliffs, breathtaking glaciers, and deep gorges raises the worth of the base camp’s final destination.
Of kind well managed tea-houses
The teahouse in the Everest region is one of the best and most well-managed teahouses in the whole of Nepal. They may appear to be more of a homestay than a hotel. However, the fantastic hospitality and sparkling cheerfulness of your Sherpa lodge owners will make your time during this trek very joyful. It is a magnificent experience that few visitors to Nepal will witness.
Besides all the natural aspects of this EBC trek, cultural aspects are equally intriguing. Prayer flags, Mani wheels, Inscribed Mani stones, Chortens, Tibetan-style monasteries, and other Sherpa communities along the route will allow you to immerse yourself in the ancient, customs, rituals, and way of life of the Sherpa people. These people are modest, amiable, kind, and passionate Buddhist followers. Loshar – New Year’s Eve for Sherpa, Harvest festival, and Mani Rimdu are the three major festivals of Sherpa and other Buddhist communities.
Mighty Everest – Top of the world
Last but not least, EBC is incomplete without talking about the World highest mountain, Mt Everest. Everest needs no further explanation. The name itself is a legend. However, for a clear view of Everest, I would recommend climbing Kalapatthar at the end of this trek. You don’t need a climbing permit to climb Kalapatthar as it is the highest point that anyone can climb without a climbing permit. All you will be needing is an extra day for your trekking permit and the necessary climbing equipment. Climbing Kalapatthar at the end of this trek will be the best decision that you can make during this trek because the view from there cannot be explained in simple words. It is just breathtaking. You will be face to face with mighty Everest.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a lifetime opportunity to create memories and tales to tell over many years. Himal Eco Treks is an experienced, trustworthy, and reliable tour operator in Nepal that has been winning the hearts of many since 1996. Your guiding star to nature.