Why is Everest Base Camp Trek so popular ? For various good reasons in the first place, it is the world’s highest peak. The scenic and exciting trekking routes with ever-present views of towering snow-capped peaks are the harmonies of Sherpa cultures. The varied changes of landscapes and vegetation from green dense forest to arid and barren terrain. Walking on well-defined trails and staying in the nice cozy lodges with the immense warm hospitality of the native Sherpa.
This makes the Everest base camp trek much more popular than any other trekking destination, around the Himalayas. Since the first conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953 by late legendary mountaineers Tenzing Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. Then it was exposed to the outside world, its picturesque landscapes, and the impressive local cultures of the Sherpa.
The Everest Base Camp being popular adds to its well-maintained route with many good lodges providing good food. As well as comprehensive menus for trekkers’ delights, where one can find accommodation from the budget, standard to luxury. On walks, trekkers can enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped peaks throughout the walks, with their charming landscapes.
Trekking to Everest base camp, on a route passing many villages, adorned with age-old heritage cultures and customs. Visiting old monasteries of great religious interest with vibrant works of art is another highlight of the trek. Everest base camp trek which falls within Sagarmatha National Park is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the highest national parks around the globe is enriched with exotic flora and flora including the world’s highest peaks.
The specialty of the Everest base camp trek is a sudden change in dramatic landscapes. From green forest to arid terrain of the mountainous zone with glacial valleys and remorseless fields of ice and glaciers. Where trekkers can enjoy the charming scenery throughout the walk from start to end of walks. The most beautiful of Everest base camp treks is the immense friendliness of the local Sherpa people.
In every village on overnight stops, guests are taken care of with warm hospitality and traditional greetings. Which makes the trekkers feel at home with the good services at every designated overnight stop.
On a trek to Everest base camp, trekkers can enjoy a day lovely village/town at Namche Bazaar. Which is at an altitude of 3,440 m high, a perfect place and height for acclimatization. Before heading towards higher areas and to Everest base camp, which is very necessary and important to have an acclimatization day.
Namche Bazaar offers various exciting scenic spots to support acclimatization where one can take a short hike Park museum. An interesting place to get information about the high Khumbu from local culture, flora-fauna, and mountaineering history. The top of Namche Bazaar close to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters provides excellent views of Mt. Everest. Includes Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam with an array of peaks and beautiful dramatic landscapes.
Interested and energetic people can hike up above Namche Bazaar facing birds’ eye views of the Namche Bazaar. Then walk to Everest View Hotel, the first-ever luxury hotel ever built around Khumbu as well as around the world. Which is at the height of 3,880 m high, enjoy a refreshing moment having a cup of coffee with a grand vista. Overlooking views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam amidst lovely forest surroundings lined with pines and rhododendron trees.
For a longer day hike visit the Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley, a nice quant village. Larger than Namche Bazaar with an old monastery treasure the scalp of a Yeti. Trekkers can witness the ginger-colored Yeti scalp kept in a glass box, after a tour of the Khumjung monastery.
Walk up to Khunde village close to Khumjung, but higher where one can visit the Khunde hospital. The first and only medical post a small hospital around Khumbu and Everest region, built by Edmund Hillary Foundation. Enjoy the super panorama of snow-clad peaks that outlines the Khunde and Khumjung villages.
After Namche Bazaar, spend a pleasant time having a rest day for acclimatization hikes, where the trail follows a higher route. Facing incredible views of Everest, and a series of snow peaks all along the pleasant scenic walks. The walk leads uphill through a cool forest of juniper, oaks, pines, and fir with rhododendron tall trees. Reaching the magnificent location at Tengboche and its impressive majestic monastery, a scenic spot with a grand panorama of the Everest range. One of the highlights of the Everest base camp trek is that one can enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge. As well as visit the monastery of great cultural and religious interest, facing grand views of towering snow peaks.
From Tengboche, the walk leads to exposed open terrain, leaving the green forest, as the walk gets closer to mountain wilderness. Walking on a nice high path staying in Dingboche, a lovely settlement located in beautiful Imjatse valley. Beneath the towering North Face of Ama Dablam and Lhotse, Nuptse peaks with superb views of the famous Island Peak.
Dingboche is a nice scenic place for another rest and acclimatization day at an altitude of 4,340 m high. Where one can enjoy the hike to higher viewpoints to catch more excellent views of surrounding giant peaks. Views include as far as Mt. Makalu with close views of Mt. Lhotse and Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Walk from Dingboche leads to high above within moon-like landscapes as the adventure gets closer to Everest Base Camp. Where sunshine gets glaring and brilliant due to high UV, as the air gets thinner.
The trail leads to Lobuche and Gorakshep, then reach Everest Base Camp, on the foot of the world’s highest Mt. Everest. Where one can enjoy the glorious spectacular views of arctic zone landscapes with remorseless fields of ice and glaciers. During the high mountaineering expedition season, the base camp will be flooded with many tents of climbers. As well one can enjoy the commotion and activities of the mountaineers at Everest base camp.
After a great wonderful experience reaching Everest Base Camp, the next adventure takes you to viewpoint Kalapathar scenic hilltop. Kalapathar is the highest point of the journey to Everest base camp at 5,643 m / 18,514 feet. Rewards you with a mind-blowing panorama of surrounding giant peaks with views of Mt. Everest at close distance.
The return journey after a great time and experience at Everest base camp on the same route. Takes you on an alternative route via Pheriche windy valley, then joins on the same trail to Pangboche and Tengboche. Finally, the adventure ends at Lukla for a sweeping short panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. After an overwhelming adventure and experience, and realizing why the Everest base camp trek is so popular?