15 Things I loved about Everest Base Camp Trek

Because It’s there
— Gorege mallory, one of the first climbers to attempt Everest, when asked why he wanted to climb it. (He disappeared into a cloud near the summit in 1924, where his body was found in 1999)

The legendary Everest stand in the border between Tibet and Nepal, the highest mountain on earth attract adventurous minds all around the world to come join climbing expedition and trekking. The trek to Everest Base Camp is still an epic adventure will full of fruitful experience, here are my top 15 things I love about this trek.

1. The flight to Lukla

Thrilling flight above the hill country and into the mountain brings you to Lukla, one of the most dangerous airport in the world. From the airport we can see many small planes with limited capacity about 20 people max, planes arrive and departure frequently in just 10 minutes like a bus station!

Lukla airport By Ujjiwal Rai

Lukla airport By Ujjiwal Rai

2. Suspension Bridge inside Sagarmatha National Park

One of the busiest suspension bridge ever seen, trekkers, porters, yaks waiting on both side for their turn, in the middle of the bridge the wind is supper strong and the flags are sending prayer in all direction

The Suspension Bridge inside Sagarmatha National Park Photograph by yeahgnarly

The Suspension Bridge inside Sagarmatha National Park Photograph by yeahgnarly

3. The Sherpa

Sherpa are famous on their mountain experience, there is a village called Phortse  has more than 50 of them who has submit Mt. Everest more than once. But the Sherpa people we meet on the trail are porters who carry so much weight than normal people do.

The Sherpa porters by Sundar Thapa

The Sherpa porters by Sundar Thapa

4. Namche Bazar – The Sherpa capital City

Namche Bazar is the largest city of the Sherpa where the street is lively with shop, café and restaurants and hotels are various in their level of comfort, some with amazing view of the mountain that we can do meditate. It is a good place to get proper acclimatization before going higher up and relax after going down, hanging around the bar you may hear good stories of people who did the climb.

Namche Bazar By Mohan Duwal

Namche Bazar By Mohan Duwal

5. Nepal National Bird

It’s been a luck to spot Nepal National Bird in early morning walk to Everest View Hotel even in a far distance. Beautiful and Colorful bird standing in the first sun light of the day make the whole hill alive.

Nepal National Bird By krisblachow

Nepal National Bird By krisblachow

6. Children of the Himalayas

Situated at the height of 3,790m in Khumjung village is a school named after sir Edmund Hillary built in 1961 and now enrolment of over 300 pupils from grades 1 to 10.  Take a visit to the only high school in Khumbu region to see the children of all ages, their red faces and beautiful eyes are surely hard to forget

Little girl walking inside the Edmund Hillary school - Photo by Hoang Le Giang

Little girl walking inside the Edmund Hillary school - Photo by Hoang Le Giang

7. Yaks

Whenever hearing the sound of the bell there are sign that Yaks caravan are coming just stand on the mountain side! Yaks are everywhere on the trail and being used to transport food, gas between high mountain valleys or helping the farmer on the field.

Yaks walking in pine forest in Pangboche - Photo by Filip Lhota

Yaks walking in pine forest in Pangboche - Photo by Filip Lhota

8. Ama Dablam – The jewel of Everest region

Standing among the most iconic and beautiful peaks in Nepal, Ama Dablam (Ama = Mother, Dablam = Children) look like mother holding her child. Trail to Everest Base Camp offer many faces of this mountain.

Ama Dablam - Photo by Filip Lhota

Ama Dablam - Photo by Filip Lhota

9. Tengboche Monastery

Join the monks on their prayer ceremony in Tengboche monastery, some singing while other blowing horns, playing drums in the same harmony written in the prayer books.  The monastery lighten up with candles, the sound of the prayer enter into our mind, a journey into the mind for hours.

Tengboche monastery by Mohan Duwal

Tengboche monastery by Mohan Duwal

10. Toilet in Chukung with amazing mountain backdrop

Toilet in the mountain is not really in a comfort but with a such a view?

Photo by Filip Lhota

Photo by Filip Lhota

11. Stone house on the trail

House were built from stone from wall to the root standing above one of the most amazing mountain scenery on earth

Photo by Filip Lhota

Photo by Filip Lhota

12. Memorial place for people who died on mountains

There are more than 223 people have died trying to climb Everest and stayed on the mountain forever, memorial stupas were built for them. Ever heard of Scott Fischer? renowned for his ascents of the world's highest mountains made without the use of supplemental oxygen, he stayed there after the disaster of Everest in 1996.

A silent moment beside memorial stupas - Photo by Filip Lhota

A silent moment beside memorial stupas - Photo by Filip Lhota

13. Amazing mountain walk

The Everest Base Camp is no doubt one of the best trail bring you right in to the heart of amazing mountain scenery, this whole journey is epic!

Photo by Filip Lhota

Photo by Filip Lhota

14. Everest Base Camp 

The Base Camp on it’s busiest occasion in Spring Time when mountaineers are waiting for the right time to attempt the submit. There are tents, hundreds of it built on top of Khumbu glacier where sometimes we can spot water smelting out.

Photo by Filip Lhota

Photo by Filip Lhota

15. Kalar Pathar

Leaving the lodge in GorakShep from 4.00 AM in the moring where there are many other lights join us on the toughest hike of the journey, can’t remember how many steps I have count on the ascents.  When the first sun rays of the day appear on the mountain, the color of the sky are changing from dark to lighter blue, it light up the some of the highest peaks in the world standing right in front of us: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse.

Everest behind Nuptse and next to Lhotse view from Kalar Pathar - Photo by Filip Lhota

Everest behind Nuptse and next to Lhotse view from Kalar Pathar - Photo by Filip Lhota

 

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