Find your way to the Yeti Scalp of KhumjungIn 1960, when Desmond Doig, a British journalist, and Edmund Hillary were passing through the Khumjung Village, they stopped over at the home of an old woman and found, what was speculated to be, a Yeti scalp. Yeti is an ape-like creature who is said to live in the high Himalayas. Scientists have long maintained that this Yeti, roughly translated in English as Abominable or Dreadful Snowman, doesn't exist but locals continue to hold its legends as authentic stories integral to their culture. In 1960, Hillary and Doig somehow managed to convince the village people to take this hide-like scalp and have it inspected abroad. Though it later proved to be a hide from a goat-like Himalayan antelope, you can still visit the monastery it is placed in.Know before you go: The village of Khunjung is just 137km from Kathmandu. The local bus network in Nepal is quite efficient and you will easily get a bus till the Sagarmatha National Park. From here the village is a short trek away. To see the images of the Yeti scalp, visit this page.
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Everest Base Camp
Such a thing has obviously never been done before, and the way their photographer Charleton Churchill has photographed the whole wedding, will leave you exceptionally envious. Ashley found Churchill on Instagram, and approached him to photograph their big day. All three of them brainstormed for sometime, and decided that the wedding rituals had to be be done at the Everest Base Camp.Ashley and James trained very hard for this exceptional expedition back at home, and it took them, along with their photographer Charleton, three weeks to reach the Everest Base Camp, at 17,000 feet. Ashley wore an exquisite wedding dress paired with trekking boots instead of stilettos, and walked up some glacial steps instead of walking down the aisle, to take vows with James; who looked smart in a black tux, also paired with trekking boots! The whole affair was very carefully photographed to keep both the contrasting elements in the frame together, beautifully.Hats off to this couple for planning such an unconventional wedding, and lots of admiration towards Ashley, especially for wearing that dress and not succumb to hypothermia!Take a look at these photographs by Charleston Churchill! You can also follow Charleston's blog, where he has written the details of this wedding expedition to Everest. These photographs are going to blow your mind!
Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Mt. Everest, the mountain that has captivated us, sacred for Hindu and Buddhist people, this mountain now has acquired a modern charm to it.Everest Base Camp trek is a journey that leads us at the base of the World's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.This beautiful trek passes through some of the most beautiful regions of Nepal and also encompasses with the mesmerizing view of some of the tallest mountain peaks such as Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse.Everest Base Camp trek is an all time classical trek and is one of the most popular treks in Nepal.The trek starts from Lukla, a popular mountain village and passes through the Khumbu region and goes up through the DudhKoshi river. It crosses beautiful rhododendron forests. It gives chance to explore the Sagarmatha National Park, which is also a World Heritage Site.One can fly to Kathmadu and then take a flight for Lukla. From Lukla it is another 12-13 days trek to complete the trek and return back to Kathmandu. The trek route is well defined and there are luxurious lodges available all throughout the trek. This trek is also popular as a Tea house trek. It takes you through Namche Bazar the bustling village and other such villages hence, provides a great chance to know the local Nepali Sherpa culture.For anyone who want to have a taste of mountaineering and trekking in Nepal, it is an ideal trek.Some quick guide:Grade: ToughMaximum altitude: 5545 mtStart point: LuklaWhat to expect: Trekking at higher altitude, Steep climbing, Village life, Bird watching, Forests, Glacier walk, Moraines, Cold winds, views of eight thousand-ers.Best time to visit: April-MayFitness required: Extreme fitness as the trek includes daily treks for average 6 to 7 hours at Higher Altitude.
After the steep climb of the moraine of Kumbu glacier beyond Thukla you reach a place called Chupki Lara marked by an array of memorials of mountaineers who perished on missions to climb Everest. On the way to Lobuche you come across Mt Pumori, Khumbutse and Lingtern passing by Khumbu glacier. This is where serious trekking starts and one is really prone to altitude sickness.
On Day 4 the trek really starts to get challenging. The first 2 ½ hours is pretty flat, winding around mountains with a big descent down to the river. You’ll lose quite a bit of altitude in this part and spend the next 3 hours making up for it. This was probably the toughest part of the trek but the view that awaits you at the top at Tengbouche is unbelievable.
Day 7 is the big one. You start early and trek 2 ½ hours to Gorakshep. From here you're roughly 2 hours from EBC. Here I can remember only 2 things. The first being how completely quiet and still everything was around me and the second being the fact I was running on nothing but pure adrenaline. And then there I was.
9. Cho Oyu Base Camp trekAnother relatively unclimbed and unvisited mountain is Cho Oyu, which is half in Nepal and half in Tibet. Cho Oyu is an incredible mountain for climbers, and the perfect trekking option because unlike the Everest, Lhotse and Makalu base camp, this one is relatively less populated. Even though Cho Oyu comes in the list of the highest peaks in the world, its beauty is unique.
10. Gokyo Ri TrekGokyo Ri is a peak in the Khumbu region, located just next to the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is considered the largest glacier in the Himalayas as well as in Nepal. The Gokya Ri trek includes a trek to the Gokyo lakes, and from the Gokyo Ri you can easily see some of the 8-Thousander peaks in Nepal, such as Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Everest. The Gokyo Lakes are one of the most pristine lakes in the world.
Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
The trail from Lukla to Phakding (our stop for day one) is a gentle descending one over looking farmlands and the Dudh Kosi canyon Pretty cultural as well with the trek route lined with mani stones (stones with religious inscriptions), chortens (buddhist temples) and prayer flags.
Naar and Phu
This is not an extreme trail, but more of a relaxed one that will let you ponder over the scenic beauty and the local culture. Start from Koto villiage in the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow the small river that flows through narrow gorges and cliffs. At one point this trail even passes from under a majestic waterfall. Situated in the northern border of Nepal, Phu has two abandoned Khampa settlements on the way along with two local villages that constitute of lovely Buddhist monasteries. Naar, is towards the west underneath the beautiful Pisang Peak. This trek is a nice peak into the local culture and some out of way beauty. And to cap it all off you can cross the 5322m Kang La pass back onto the Annapurna Circuit, and see the entire northern sweep of the Annapurnas.