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    Published Jun 25th 2022 by Ram Banjara

    “Everest is calling”

    Why Everest?

    In the year 2022, two great books have rocked the world in the field of Travel and Adventure. The first one is the Jim Davidson “The Next Everest” and the second one is the “Beyond Possible”, by Nirmal Purja. Both the books are centered on the almighty Mount Everest which is the highest peak (8848 m) in the whole world. And many Everest films are already available in the market. In addition, the tales of Yeti in the Everest Region is not a recent story.  As such Mount Everest Base Camp has been known to be in the once in a life time bucket list of every traveler. So what are you waiting for? Let’s head to   Everest for this vacation and rediscover your lost soul!

    Where is it Located?

    Mount Everest was named after George Everest, a former surveyor general of India in the nineteenth century. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub range of the Himalayas between the Nepal-China Border. It lies in Province 1 of Nepal in the Solukhumbu District   with   coordinates 27.9881° N, 86.9250° E and is considered the highest point on the planet. Everest region is considered as a paradise for Trekkers and Climbers alike.

    What is the Best Season to go to Everest?

    Best season for Trekking in the Everest region can happen anywhere between March to May and September to October when the clouds are clear and the view is splendid. While in other seasons there is either excessive rain or sky filled with clouds that obstruct the glimpse of the Himalayas. 

    What can we expect in the Everest region?

    Well, as the name suggest, you will surely encounter the massif Mount Everest in the region.  The Everest region is itself in the Sagarmatha National Park (spreading across an area of 1148 which is a UNESCO world heritage site and also a habitat for countless diversity of Flora like Rhodendron and Fauna like Musk deer, colorful pheasants, Snow leopard and Himalayan Thar. It is a national conservation area where hunting and activities that threaten the ecology are prohibited. 

    For anyone travelling to Everest by flight, the first adventure they will encounter is the experience of approximately 30 minutes breathetaking flight to Lukla (elevation of 2845m from the sea level) which is considered the world’s most dangerous airport. The narrow strip of the runway amidst the high mountains makes it a precarious airport. 

    The second important remarkable experience is that of the village experience of the indigenous Sherpa community. The settlement of “Namche bazzar” at an elevation of 3500m from the sea level is simply astonishingly beautiful. There you can find all modern amenities like internet, café, pubs, restaurants and hotel despite being in remote and one of the highest altitude human settlements in the world.

    Besides this Sherpas are scattered in various villages throughout the trek like Tengboche, Dingboche, Chhukung valley, Lobuche, Dughla, Chupki and Gorakshep. Near the Namche bazzar lays the highest Hotel in the world i.e. the Everest View Hotel (3962m from the sea level) which offers all modern amenities while on a stair case to heaven.

    The trek in the region offers an opportunity to observe the serpentine Dudh Koshi river, Bhote koshi river, colorful prayer flags, mani stones, chortons, monasteries, high suspension bridges, mules and yaks among others.

    Another remarkable artifact that you will come across that will leave you speechless is the largest monastery in the region, the Tengboche Monastery (3870m from the sea level). Amidst the Rhodendron forest and fresh water river, the monastery is a venue for various ritual events and prayers of Buddhism religion. 

    The most astounding feature of the Everest region is the Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5364m from the sea level. The Base Camp is the ultimate goal for most of the trekkers that heads towards the Everest region. However, a better view of the surrounding mountains and the Everest itself can be observed from the most popular view point named as “Kala Patthar” (at an elevation of 5644m from the sea level).

    Besides, the Mount Everest (8848m), the region is abode for world’s highest mountains like Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m). 

    The description of the Everest region is incomplete without the mention of the Khumbu Ice fall which can be viewed through many points on the trail to the base camp. The Khumbu ice fall is a term given to  gigantic ice chunks that make the Khumbu glacier  and are seen as crevasse throughout the glacier making an ascend from the Everest Base camp to Camp 1 risky.

    This is one of the reasons that make the Everest Expedition challenging. The other life risking factor being the rare air density above 7600m also termed the “Death Zone”, making the carrying of Oxygen cylinder mandatory to survive. The glacier moves at the rate of 0.4 feet to 3 feet per day.

    What does a short trip to Everest region sound like?

    A short flight to the Everest region takes you to the Everest Base Camp. Usually a flight leaves from Kathmandu taking you to Lukla airport in the Everest region. Then after, your trek begins towards Phakding where there will be one night stay. The following day you will be trekking to Namche bazzar (3440 m from the sea level) where there is one additional day for acclimatization to increase in altitude.

    Then after the trek follows towards Tengboche and Dingboche. At Dingboche which is at an elevation of 4410m from the sea level, a second one day acclimatization to the altitude takes place. Then the journey ascends towards next stops: Lobuche and Gorekshep (5140m). From Gorekshep you will be hiking to the Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and the Kalapathar (5545m). After that you will descend following the same trail back to Lukla from where you will fly back to Kathmandu.

    What are other side trips that can be done on the region?

    Variation to the usual Base Camp Trekking itinerary include considering the Three Passes which are the highest passes in the region. These passes include Renjo La Pass (5,360 m), Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Cho La Pass (5,420 m).  Renjo La Pass (54,35m) lies between Lungden and Gokyo lakes region.  From Renjo La Pass, you can see amazing views of the azurine Gokyo Lake system and many Himalayan Peaks such as Makalu (8,481m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Lhotse (8516m), and the Everest (8848m). 

     Another interesting view point is in the Gokyo region where you can hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483m). Gokyo Ri will showcase you the best scenery in the whole Everest region with four among the six highest mountains in the world, Cho Oyu (8,201m) Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), and the Everest (8848m). 

    Of course for climbers, Everest region offers with wide array of peaks where you can take your adventure to the next level. Some of the remarkable peaks in the region for climbing are: Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), Lobuche East (6119m) and Pokalde (5806m).

    What makes Everest base Camp Trek 2022 special?

    Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, the tourism industry in Nepal was completely dismantled for the past two years. There were no treks being conducted and only limited trips to some of the trekking regions were allowed with a prerequisite condition of negative PCR report on hand before the advent of the trek. However, COVID19 is of less concern here in Nepal today. Daily cases have dropped to less than 30. Nepal is now in a much better position to tackle this ailment in case the situation gets reverted. Moreover, the vaccination against COVID 19 has already have had a wide coverage with around 40 % of the total population having been vaccinated against the virus.

    In the first five months of 2022, Nepal already welcomed 190,739 travelers from all around the world. On top of that we heard no reports on any upsetting cases due to COVID19 among these travelers. All Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Market places, Shops, Malls, Trekking agencies, Tour agencies are all open to serve our most valued Travelers.

    Moreover, during the COVID 19 locked down, local municipality organized campaigns to clean the Everest Trail to welcome the Trekkers in the region. So, you can expect a clean hiking trail at least this time.

    We at Himalaya Land Treks & Expedition are organizing:  Everest Heli Tour; Usual 15 days Everest base Camp Trek via Lukla airport and Three Passes Trek during this year of 2023. Also, any Everest Expedition and Peak climbing activities can be catered upon demand by our valued customers.

    Are you ready to head towards Everest now?

    Well, if you have made your mind to visit the Everest region, then do not hesitate to contact: Himalaya Land Treks & Expedition where we can curate your trip to this wonderful piece of land in the Himalayas and fill your trip with Joy and Adrenaline!!

    Ram Banjara

    Mr. Ram Banjara

    If you're planning a trip to Nepal, you should definitely consider reading the informative blogs written by Mr. Ram Prasad Banjara, the owner of Himalaya Land Treks. As an experienced traveler and local resident, he has a wealth of knowledge to share with tourists looking to explore the beautiful country of Nepal.

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