10 Must See Attractions During Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp trek is amongst the most sought out trek by trekkers in Nepal where you walk to the lap of the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest(8848meters). EBC Trek takes place in the home of the majestic Everest Himalayas- Khumbu region.
During the trek, you can not only see the world’s tallest peak up close but also get to be familiar with the local tradition and culture and get a view of Khumbu’s enchanting natural beauty.
You can also get the view of other well-known mountains like Cho Oyu(8,153m), Lhotse (8,511 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), Makalu (8,470 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and many more. Everest Base Camp trek will be amongst the most thrilling and beautiful adventures you will ever have in your life. Here are a few things that you can do on your trek to Everest Base Camp.
1. Get the view on your Flight to Lukla Airport
One of the most adventurous flights you can take in the world is at Lukla Airport, which is also known as Tenzing Hilary Airport, which was built in 1964 A.D.
The beauty of the surrounding of this airport cannot be described in words. The airport itself feels as if it is hanging in clouds.
Situated at the height of over 9,000 feet, the airport itself is a beautiful sight to see. Even in the first step towards your trip, you will be blessed with the view of a few of many bewitching mountains to cherish.
2. Kala Patthar
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Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock,’ is the highest place during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a big black rock lying at the base of Khumbu Icefall, which leads you to the Everest Base Camp. Situated at the height of 5545 meters, you can see the whole view of Mount Everest and many other surrounding mountains.
The high altitude of the place, the beautiful sight of Khumbu glacier and icefalls below, and many other such things have made the place world-famous.
This place offers the most mesmerizing view of Himalayan Peaks including Pumori, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lingtren, Khutse, Thangsherkhu, Taboche and of course, Everest. Exploring Kala Patthar makes your Everest Base Camp trek even more stunning and fruitful.
3. Sagarmatha National Park
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This highest national park, located at the Himalayas of eastern Nepal, stands at the altitude of over 6000 meters. Sagarmatha National Park is even listed as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park is one of the major attraction of Everest Base Camp trek and covers 443 square miles in Nepal’s Khumbu region.
The major highlights of the park are Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), snow leopard, red panda, beautiful forest of Rhododendron and pine forest with birds. This national park is also a resident of more than three thousands of Sherpa people.
4. Namche Bazar
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Namche Bazaar is considered as the gateway of Mt. Everest. It is the only spot from where you can go towards Base Camp and also to the top of the world.
Located within the area of the Khumbu region at an altitude of 3,440 meters, Namche Bazar is the most famous resting spot for tourists and also the biggest town in the Khumbu Valley.
Likewise, Namche Bazar is famous for the resident, Sherpa people who believe that tourists are god and treat them with warm hospitality. The place is also full of restaurants, pubs, and markets selling various kinds of trekking and daily use goods.
Comparatively, the goods are expensive, but for those whose gears are damaged on the trip and don’t have spares or who decide they want to go for base camp and do not have trekking gear, this place is perfect.
5. Experience Sherpa Culture
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Sherpa people are the natives to the mountain regions of Nepal. The name Sherpa means “easterner,” making reference to their origins in Khams, eastern Tibet. Even among the Himalayas, Everest region is the major settlement of Sherpa people.
Also, Sherpa is world-famous for their climbing skills, superior strength, and endurance at high altitudes, which makes them a perfect guide to Mt. Everest and various other peaks. They are also one of the most hospitable people in Nepal.
On your trail, you can hear the stories about them and learn more about Sherpa culture and traditions and also a lot about the Himalayas and its trails.
6. Khumbu International Library
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Khumbu International Library is another major attraction of the region, which is a part of Sherwin Khangba Center. You can get all kinds of guidebooks, maps, tourist books tips book, and many other books related to the Nepalese Himalayas and overall Nepal. The place also covers books on Nepali Tourism, exotic flora, and fauna, and other features of world biography.
The place is open to all the international scholars as well as local people for a small token of fee or membership deposits. You can also donate the books, which might be the interest to other visitors, making your possession a part of the historical center forever.
7. Tengboche Monastery
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Tengboche Monastery (also known as Dawa Choling Gompa), the monastery built in 1916 by Lama Gelu, is the largest monastery you will discover on the way to the Everest Base Camp.
This Buddhist pilgrimage is located in the middle of the Sagarmatha National Park, which offers you a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan range.
Moreover, the place is famous for its precious old religious books and artifacts. The Rinpoche of the monastery gives the pilgrims and travelers, giving them a sense of serenity and spirituality.
Also, you can witness beautiful paintings and statues in the monastery, which reflects the Buddhist culture and traditions.
8. Challenging Three Pass with Gokyo Lakes
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Everest regions are renowned for the classic trek to the base camp. However, there are many alternate routes. Among them, three passes trek itself is a major attraction along with the delightful Gokyo lakes.
You will cross Kongma La(5535m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) to reach the Everest Base Camp. Along the route, you can also visit the remote villages of Nangpa valley, Marlung, and famous monastery in Thame.
Moreover, the enchanting turquoise lakes of Gokyo are quite famous for being a photographic place. You will not only get to enjoy the destination but also the surrounding nature and natural features like Gokyo lakes and Himalayan high passes on your way.
9. Peak Climbing
The Everest region is full of a variety of peaks and mountains. If someone wants to aim for the highest peak then, they can simply go for Mt. Everest.
Besides, for those wishing to conquer peaks, they will have the perfect choice to go for Mera Peak Climbing, Island Peak Climbing, and many others.
Mira peak, the highest trekking peak of Nepal stands tall at the height of 6461 meters, offering the pleasant view of five-eight thousand meters’ peaks from the top (Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga).
10. A Walk to Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Icefall
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Standing proudly at the altitude of 5380 meters, Everest Base Camp is your ultimate goal of the thrilling trek. With the highest mountain of the world right above you, get the view of magnificent melt patterns and rounded ice towers of Khumbu Icefall. The best part of the trek is the close-up view of Everest, which is mesmeric.
Moreover, you can get a beautiful view of surrounding peaks such as Pumori, Khumbuste, and Nuptse. You also will get to see many kinds of rare flora and fauna and pleasuring horizontal snow space.