Nepal is a country that has some of the world’s most beautiful and tallest mountain peaks. It is a multicultural country that has diversity in terms of people’s ethnicity, culture and tradition. As a matter of fact, eight of the ten tallest mountain peaks are situated in Nepal. Because of this, trekking in Nepal is quite famous. People from all over the world visit Nepal to do trekking. The entire premise of the country presents amazing trekking destinations, from the dry and arid Mustang to the snowy paradise in the Annapurna. But among all of the trekking destinations, the Khumbu is perhaps one of the most famous and sought-after regions in Nepal for trekking.
This is mainly due to the fact that Khumbu is the home of Mount Everest- the world’s tallest mountain peak. It is a prime Sherpa settlement of the country and is also renowned for the Sagarmatha National Park (which covers a large majority of the region). This is also where the Everest Base Camp Trek takes place. It is a journey that leads to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak with trails that coruscate through various ethnic villages of the region.
Albeit being somewhat challenging, particularly to novice trekkers, the trek can be done by all people. Ofcourse, having proper acclimatization is a given. The trek is also very beautiful and rich in terms of Himalayan scenery and the Sherpa culture. What makes the trek so endearing are its many highlights. Destinations and locations like Namche Bazaar and the Tengboche add more layers to the journey. The trek is like an amalgamation of many different features and elements of the Khumbu. For example, one of the first features that you will likely encounter while doing the trek is the flight to Lukla from the capital Kathmandu. It is a short flight that lasts about 40 minutes, but the scenery is utterly spectacular! Not to mention the fact that the Lukla airport itself is quite dramatic, being located atop a cliff and having a single 60 meters runway that drops off to the gaping valley below at one end and all that.
Other features of the trek include visiting the villages and settlements. Now it is obvious that the villages have a whole different atmosphere than cities. This is particularly true for the Himalayan villages of the Khumbu. They are a cluster of small houses and buildings built on the terrain shadowed and blessed by the Himalayas. How many times have you opened your window and seen the sight of the cerulean Mountain peak right outside? That is what the villages in the Khumbu offer, aside from the rich Sherpa culture experience. The topography of the villages are also wonderful. Namche Bazaar for example, is situated on a Cliffside. The whole town is built on natural terraces and it looks like a large amphitheatre. Another example is the Tengboche village that is situated on the confluence of the Imja Khola and the Dudh Koshi Rivers. The village is surrounded by ridges that are covered in rhododendron trees. Everywhere you look, you can see the mountain peaks of the Ama Dablam and the Everest. It is completely surreal.
Another famous highlight of the trek also includes the vantage point of Kalapatthar. It is famous for its panoramic views of the entre Mount Everest massif. Coupled with the rich Sherpa traditions of the people and the constant appearance of Mani Stone walls carved with prayers and colorful prayer flags decorating chortens and gumbas, the journey is truly enticing.
Nepal Treks in general is very beautiful. Nepal is also relatively cheaper to travel to than many other countries in Asia. So if you haven’t yet visited Nepal, then it is time that you did because it is definitely worth it!