If you’re thinking of trekking in Nepal, Everest Base Camp Trek should be on your bucket list. This trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world is a trek of a lifetime. Thousands of trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp every year. Everest Base Camp Trek is, without a doubt, the most popular trek in the world. And there are plenty of reasons behind it. Let me share ten reasons why Everest Base Camp Trek is so popular:
1. Tea House Trek
First things First, Everest Base Camp Trek is a tea house trek. A Tea House Trek could be a new experience for you. On your Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be sleeping and eating at tea houses in the mountains run and owned by local people. They have basic amenities, offering Dal Bhaat and bed service. But trust me, it will a wonderful experience to sleep at tea houses, learning the traditional lifestyle of local people, and indulging in their enticing culture.
2. Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar, the Gateway to Everest, is the picturesque Sherpa town in Everest. Did you know, Namche Bazaar has the highest Irish Pub in the world? Besides, Namche Bazaar is the stopping point for trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp. It is also the main place to acclimatize in the Everest Region. A day in Namche Bazaar is not enough to admire its beauty and views of the Himalayas, including Everest. Namche Bazaar is home to Sherpa Museum and Tibetan Market.
3. Lukla Airport
A thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is the main highlight of Everest Base Camp Trek. Did you know that Lukla Airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world? However, a flight to Lukla rewards stunning views of the Himalayas. Your official trek starts from Lukla airport heading to the Sherpa Town, Namche Bazaar. It will take about 30 -45 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu by flight. I am sure; you will be thrilled to fly to Lukla and thus is one of the 10 reasons to trek to Everest Base Camp.
Dingboche, at 4,410m, is an acclimatizing stop for trekkers in Everest Region. Trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp rest here for two nights to avoid altitude sickness and dwell in mountainous lifestyle. This beautiful Sherpa village offers splendid views of the mountains. From Dingboche, you can hike to Nagarjun Hill to enjoy panoramic views of 360-degree views of Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
5. Tengboche Monastery
Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Tengboche Monastery flaunts stunning views of Ama Dablam. Perched amidst Sagarmatha National Park, you can reach Tengboche Monastery following the trail from Namche, en route to Everest Base Camp. If you are planning to trek to Everest Base Camp, make sure you shot amazing pictures of this monastery with Ama Dablam at the backdrop.
6. Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp. Need no explanation. Like I said earlier, thousands of trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp. The base camp to Everest is a dream destination of many avid trekkers and the final destination of Everest Base Camp Trek. One can admire breath-taking views of Everest and surrounding peaks. You trek for 14 days to celebrate your journey to the soaring height of 5364m. Standing at the base camp of Everest is a commendable success.
7. Gorak Shep
Gorak Shep, a beautiful village settlement at 5,164 m, is one of the 10 reasons for your trek to Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep rewards astounding vista of Everest and Nuptse. The rocky path to Gorak Shep is an adventure to itself. Once you reach Gorak Shep, you will absolutely love the aura of this village at such height.
8. Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal, was established in 1976. Sagarmatha National Park is home to some of the endangered Himalayan flora and fauna, including Himalayan Thar, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, etc. and 118 species of birds. It is also the home to the mighty Everest.
9. Sherpa Culture
Sherpa. You must have heard this word and have tremendous respect for them. Sherpa people are the mountain-people famous for their excellent mountaineering skills at high altitudes. They are the unsung heroes of the Himalayas. Without Sherpa, your mountaineering adventure is incomplete. Adding to this, Sherpa Culture is amazing. Their generous nature and warm hospitality is something that will add color to your trek. Their attire, walls of the tea house, and lifestyle will allure you in the mountains.
10. Kala Patthar
Kala Patthar, the vantage point in the Everest region, offers panoramic views of some of the highest mountains in the world. Kala Patthar is also the highest point of Everest Base Camp Trek. From Kala Patthar, you can enjoy 360 views of the mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and surrounding peak.