Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and most demanded trekking destinations of all adventure lovers in the world. Traveling to the base of the world's highest mountains is breathtaking and very adventurous. The base camp of Mt. Everest lies in the northeastern part of the Khumbu region of Nepal. Trekking to the Everest Region of Nepal offers a memorable experience where you can experience the Local Sherpa Culture and tradition, their religions with the magnificent views of the world highest snow-capped mountains like Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, AmaDablam, Island Peak, Thamserku, and many other surrounded peaks.
As we have talked many more about the Everest region and its trekking but some of you may have a question disturbing you about "what are the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek? What is the major attraction of the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Here are clear ideas about the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek before you start. It will help you to make this trip more enjoyable. In this blog, we are going to make you clear about Mt Everest base Camp and its highlights. There mainly are two ways to reach Mt Everest either from Nepal by doing trekking or from the Tibet side by diving. From both sides, the major attraction differs at every step.
Looking for those questions, Nepal Hiking Trek has listed some of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek that you should not miss on.
Featuring the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek are Tenzing-Hillary airport, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche monastery, Dingboche, Khumbu Glacier, Kalapatthar, South Base Camp of Mt Everest, Gokyo Lakes, Ngozumpa glacier, Gokyo Ri, and Sagarmatha National Park. These are the popular places you will see while heading to Everest Base Camp from the Nepal side. On the other hand, the Tibetan plateau, akes and the wonderful Qomolangma National Nature preserve in the Tibet of China are the major highlights of the Everest base camp trek from the north side.
The major highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek are:
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is the base of the world's highest mountain and is one of the most beautiful and the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5,364 meters above sea level. Everest Base Camp is a dream destination for an adventure lover as it provides breathtaking views of the world's highest snowy peak. Its base camp is the beautiful camping site for the Everest expedition and also the popular destination point for every adventure seeker who treks to the Everest region and base camp. With the high and the beautiful adventure hike, reaching its base camp creates high chances of altitude sickness. You will not find any teahouse on the base camp, so you have to stay in small villages near the Everest Base Camp. From the base camp, you will also get a chance to see the breathtaking views of Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori with the wonderful views of Mt Everest as well as majestic Khumbu glacier and icefalls, glacier rivers, and snow avalanches.
Kalapatthar is one of the attractive viewpoints of Everest base camp trekking. It is also the highest point of the Everest Base Camp trek as well as the region trek which is located at an altitude of 5545 meters. Kalapatthar means "Big Black Rock" which is very famous for the panoramic views of the world's highest mountain with its summit. Visitors and Trekkers usually hike to Kalapatthar early in the morning or in the evening to enjoy the sunrise and sunset views over these highest mountains above 8000 meters including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and other surrounding peaks. You may not get to see the clear views of Mt Everest from its base camp but hiking to the Kalaptthar will be fruitful as it will offer clear views of these snow-capped mountains.
The Khumbu glacier is the biggest glacier in Nepal, which is in the Khumbu region. It is about twelve kilometers long which lies between Mt Everest and the Mt Nuptse-Lhotse ridge. It is also known as the world's highest glacier which consists of large icefalls and it starts from the Everest Base Camp. Khumbu Glacier can be seen from the world's highest peak Mt-Everest Base Camp as well as from Kalapather. The beautiful views of the Khumbu glacier add more glory to your trek. Therefore it is also one of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Tengboche is a beautiful village in the Khumbu (Everest) region. It is a beautiful spot for close views of the world's beautiful and highest mountains like Mt Ama Dablam. Not only the views of Ama Dablam, but it also offer mind-blowing views of the surrounding peaks. Tengboche is also famous for having the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region-Tengboche monastery having the nourishing spirit with the daily praying Buddhist monks. Trekking to Tengboche during October is famous for the Mani Rimdu Festival trekking, it is the popular and important festival of the local Sherpa people. Mani Rimbu festival at Tengboche lasts for 19 days as the series of events in the annual full moon festival which is usually held in October or early November, and is fixed according to the Tibetan Buddhist Lunar Calander. So to enjoy this festival, to listen to the chanting, and view the monastery, many visitors trek this region. Tengboche monastery is as well a major highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
Gokyo lakes and the Gokyo Ri is the optional trekking route to the Everest Base Camp trek but if you trek the classical route you may not get to see the Beautiful Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri. However, the Gokyo Lake Trekking route is the popular and wonderful trekking route that is at the heart of the Khumbu region. Gokyo Lake trekking is also known as the Gokyo Valley trekking route or the Everest panoramic trekking route which is also the alternative route to reach the Everest Base Camp. You see the beautiful Gokyo Lake which is comprised of five different lakes. It is also known as the world's highest freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 4750 meters above sea level. Gokyo Ri is another superb viewpoint of the trek which offers panoramic views of the world's highest mountains including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu with other surrounding peaks. Gokyo Ri also offers views of Everest's five Gokyo Lakes and the breathtaking views of the world's largest glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier.
Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier which is about 36 kilometers long. It lies below the world's sixth-highest snowy-peaks Mt Chooyu which is also one of the three highest passes of the Everest which touches the Gokyo valley. To enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ngozumpa glacier you have to trek to the beautiful viewpoint of Gokyo Ri. However, this glacier is also included in the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp trekking.
Everest Three Highest Passes (Kongma -La, Cho-la, and Renjo-La Pass)
The three highest passes of the Everest is another major attraction of the Everest Base Camp Trek. This Everest Three passes Trek is also known as the Everest Circuit Trek which covers the entire trekking route in the Khumbu(Everest region). This three highest passes trek of the Khumbu region takes you to the base of the three high passes including Kongma LA, Cho La, and Renjo La. It also takes you to the base of the world's highest mountain- Everest Base Camp. Walking through the dense forest and charming villages this adventure of three great passes trekking route starts through the remote and the untouched villages including Thame, and Marulung. The trek continues to the Gokyo Lakes, Kalaptthar, and the Everest base camp. This beautiful adventure trek ends by passing through the classical route to the Lukla.
Namche Bazaar- the beautiful Sherpa's Capital
Namche Bazaar- the gateway of the Khumbu region is the major attraction of the Everest Base Camp Trek and is also the beautiful Sherpa settlement. Namche Bazaar is a delightful mountain town that is formed in steep mountains which are in a bowl shape. Namche Bazaar offers excellent views of the snow-capped mountains like Thamserku, Kongde Ri, and other surrounding peaks. Namche Villages is also known as the Sherpa's capital. Here you can find markets, standard lodges, restaurants, banks, ATMs, shops, post offices, cyber, and many others. Namche Bazaar is also a popular touristic hub that lies at an altitude of 3440 meters above sea level. It is a great place to enjoy the local culture and tradition with the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. Namche Bazaar is also a great place for altitude acclimatization for adventure trekkers.
The Hillary Museum of the Khumbu region is another highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek. This museum is located in the world-famous Sherpa village- Namche Bazaar in the Everest Region. Everyone can visit this museum as this Museum is open to all the trekkers who come to the Everest Region as well as for the research and the expedition purpose. It is one of the oldest and the most beautiful museums in the Everest region which is named after Sir Edmund Hillary. The major things you can witness in this museum are traditional Sherpa Lifestyles, cultures, dresses, utensils, art and architecture, trekking gears and equipment, and many other things. Exploring this museum is very interesting as here you can see the past photographs collected from the Local Sherpa community, their lifestyle, and way of life in the past. The best time to visit this museum is on the acclimatization day at the Namche Bazaar for the great memory.
Explore the traditional Sherpa villages
One of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek is to explore the unique and traditional mountain Sherpa villages and experience their warm hospitality, culture, and tradition. During the trek to Everest Base Camp, you will spend your night at many famous and traditional Sherpa villages which will give you the chance to know more about the Sherpa people, their lifestyle, their culture, tradition as well as hospitality which is very amazing. You may also experience Sherpa's daily lifestyle and know more about the world's famous Sherpa during your adventure trek to the Everest Base Camp.
Helicopter Flight above the Himalayas
To experience the adventure helicopter flight over the beautiful snow-capped mountains is also one of the major attractions of trekking in the Everest Region of Nepal. To experience the helicopter flight above the Himalayas, Everest Helicopter Tour will be one of the best options for you to collect the lifetime's memorable experiences with the breathtaking views of the Himalayas of Nepal. The Helicopter Flight in the Everest region provides views of the world's highest peaks such as Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Island peak, Mera Peak, and many other surrounding snowy peaks. You will also get the golden chance to enjoy the views of green valley, geographical variation, green hills, rivers, and streams, snow-lakes, glacier rivers, and many more. The helicopter tour is best for those who have a short vacation but want to reach the base of the world's highest mountains and want to enjoy the views of the highest snow-capped mountains. The best time to enjoy the Helicopter tours in the Everest region is during Spring (March-May) and the Autumn season (September-November).
Base Camp with peak climbing trek
Everest Base Camp Trek with peak climbing is also one of the major attractions of the Everest Base Camp. Along with the adventurous Everest Base Camp Trekking, trekkers may as well want to climb peaks. There are many climbing peaks you can find in the Everest region but the most famous peak climbing in the Everest (Khumbu region) is the Island peaks which are at an altitude of 6189 meters above sea level and the Mera Peaks which is at an altitude of 6461 meters above sea level. The adventure trekking and the climbing packages in the Everest region not only take you towards the beautiful Everest Base Camp but also offer you the adventure climbing to the breathtaking peaks of the Island and the Mera Peak Climbing in one single trip. Those who want to enjoy the adventure trip to the base camp of the world's highest mountain and at the same time dreamed to climb peaks in the Everest region, the Island, and the Mera peak with the Base Camp trek is the perfect trekking packages for you.
Beautiful Sagarmatha National park:
Another major attraction of the Everest Base Camp Trek is Sagarmatha National Park which is also listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites. It covers an area of 1148 square kilometers. Sagarmatha National park is the protected area in the Himalayas of the Khumbu(Everest) Region. It is the world's highest national park which starts from an altitude of 2800 meters ends with the world's highest mountain- Mt Everest at an altitude of 8848.8 meters. These national parks also protect the natural vegetation. Not only this it also conserves natural biodiversity. Exploring these parks you will get to see rare varieties of the flora and fauna, endangered wildlife such as Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Snow-Leopard, Himalayan Black bear, and many others. To enter this national park you should reach the Jorsalle village and enjoy exploring.
The other major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek are experiencing thrilling mountaineering and adventure outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, Everest marathon, yoga, and meditation in the lower elevation as well as the highest sky diving village tour. You can also do the following activities while trekking the Everest Base Camp Trek:
- Visiting the school and the hospital in the Khumbu Region established by Sir Edmund Hillary
- Exploring the Mt Ama Dablam mountains- the most beautiful mountains of the Everest Region
- Visiting the ancient Chortens mani walls and the monasteries
- Close up exploration of the Sherpa culture and tradition, knowing more about their bravery
- Great Mani Rimbu Festival in the Tengboche monastery
- Relaxing yak Caravans of the Sherpa people
Wondering about nature, finding the ultimate truth of the mountain life, reaching the dream places are the major Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. If you are interested to enjoy the Everest Base Camp Trek or want to know more about it then please email us: [email protected]. We are happy to send you the quotes that we have designed according to your interest.