The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nowhere in the world will you find a spectacular place to be than here in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek follows the historic route to the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest and offers explorers unrivalled views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the area. It is without a doubt the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. Here are our top 10 attractions from EBC Trek that will compel you to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off in 1953.
1. Mountain flight
Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a memorable flight, with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalayan range. At Lukla you are bound to be carried away by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village which is only a foretaste of what is to come.
Nepal’s mountain sides are scattered with small villages that offer cozy tea houses/lodges accommodations and Everest region is no exception. It is a great way to trek, connect with local people and meet other trekkers from around the world thereby making it an invigorating experience for you.
3. The Sherpas
Best known for their adept mountaineering skills and loyalty, Everest region is the home of Sherpas, an ethnic group of Nepal that reside in the mountains. They are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local terrain. The trek also allows you with a rare opportunity to get acquainted with the rich and exotic Sherpa people and their culture.
4. Glorious Mountain Vistas
The stunning landscapes and the breathtaking views of Himalayan giants including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam among others are frequent rewards throughout the trek. It is where four of the worlds six tallest rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayans.
5. Sagarmatha National Park
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. It habitats birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron including at least 118 species of birds. There are also musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda.
6. Kala Patthar
Getting closer to colossal Everest, Kalapattar 5545m is a breather offering the best view Everest and the fantastic glacial walk to the Everest Base Camp which lies at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall make the trek absolutely worthwhile.
You will encounter several sacred monasteries on your way including the one at Tengboche, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche and experience culture of native Sherpa families are astounding cultural highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek.
8. Exhilarating Everest Base Camp
The most gratifying of all the attractions is of course the trip to Everest Base Camp itself. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips travelers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty Everest up close. Being at the base of the world’s highest mountain is indeed rewarding!