There are two ways one can look up at Nepal – the city and the sky high mountains. And it is this high mountains we are talking up. For some touching these sun – kissing mountains may seem to be an impossible task; but for those having their adrenalin running high; Everest climbing can be life – time achievement.
The stunning view of Mount Everest, Sherpas passing by, Thyangboche Monastery giving a peep into Buddhist culture and eco campsites are some of the main attractions of these walk up high the mountains.
Generally it’s a 18 – 25 days trip all along the way up high which surpasses your expectations. The trail towards Everest begins from villages – Namche and Khumjung . Namche village is the gate of Sagamartha National Park. On walking through the gates one reaches the confluence of two highly rushing rivers – Kosi and Bhote Kosi. It leads to horse shoe shaped peak of Kongde Ri. It’s a good place to look for local shopping things!
Stopping here for a day presents a peep into the daily life of sherpas and how they survive in extreme weather conditions. Seeking Yak, yalk butter and milk is a common sight here. Tasting these can be a different experience.
The road from here leads to Deboche trek. It also happens to be the most beautiful treks around. It passes through rhododendron forests where one can see musked deer, pheasents and himalayan thar moving around un-harmed. The route from these two villages leads to Thyangboche Monastery. Interestingly this place a good mix of Sherpa culture and Buddhist ideology! Upon reaching here one can get a brief of this mixed culture which also has bits of Tibetan Buddhism. The route from here leads to Dingboche from where one can see the trans view of Everest. Massive glaciers can be seen from here. One can also get good views of Cholaste and Lobuche peaks, the path leading to Khumbu glacier.
Just below the Khumbu Glacier there is small village called Gorak Shep. Khumbu is the world’s highest peak. This glacier leads the path towards Kalla Patthar or Black Rock; from her towards Dingboche peak. Here at Dingboche one can also see the sun setting in at Lhotse, Nuptse and Chhukung peak. And this is the highest point of Everest till the place one can reach. Above than this it’s for the professional and trained trekkers to take the path. On reaching Dingboche you can find many traveller’s resting here. It’s a turn back from here. Moving towards Deboche, Namche, Ghat , Lukla and lastly to Kathmandu we finish our Everest Base Camp trekking.
Views on the entire path towards Everest are spectacular; so keep your lenses ready and that extra pack of battery with you. Many of the travellers feel restlessness or shortage of breath, but there are small oxygen cylinders for them. Glaciers can happen at higher points and one needs to be physically as well as mentally prepared for these. Rest is a memorable chapter which one takes home, smiling and fondly!