The trail then took us north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo, where we officially entered Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We caught our first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb that brought us to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, our home for the next two nights. We spent an extra day here to acclimatize, heading out on short hikes to take in views of Everest. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds moved in, gave us a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we we visited the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. The next day we set out on a trail along the Bhote Kosi to the remote village of Thami, the last outpost on the ancient trading route over the Nangpa La (pass) between Tibet and Nepal. We cross the Bhote Kosi and hiked steeply uphill to Thami.
Everest Base Camp I
Nowhere in the world is more spectacular than in the Everest region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu rise above everything else. The Everest Base Camp offers you one of the grandest walk with astounding mountain views and glimpses of the life of world famous Sherpas. On the way, you get opportunities to go sightseeing around Sagarmatha National Park, a home to large varieties of Himalayan floras and faunas. Trip to this place shall the most gratifying event of your life.
We continued along the valley floor to Dughla where we stopped for lunch before hiking on Lobuje. The dramatic landscape around us changes as we continue to climb higher and higher. By the time we reached Lobuche, the temperature had dropped and we were walking among frozen rivers in an icy wilderness. The next day, we walked to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier then hiked up to the village of Gorak Shep, nestled under the soaring summits. We climbed up Kala Pattar (18,192') for a dramatic close up view of Everest.
The path from Namche to Tengboche (our destination for day 4) descends through a forest of rhododendrons and birch trees and levels off with the Dudh Kosi river at Phunki Tenga. The steep ascent to Tengboche begins immediately after crossing the Dudh Kosi. Probably one of the toughest climb on the trail so far. There are trekking spots near Tengboche that give you a great view of the first sunlight falling on Mt. Everest
Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Flight to Lukla...Trust me on this one - The flight to Lukla is in itself an epic adventure...Its a 16 seater plane and ut takes half of an hour to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. You get to see a brilliant view of the Himalayas during the flight and an adventure was awaiting before even starting to trek...the landing on the runway...so what's adventurous about it you might think...well the runway is just about 400 metres to the end of the cliff from where starts a deep gorge and then surrounded by the Himalayan mountains (don't forget Lukla is situated at an altitude of approx 9380 feet) ...after the safe landing we all cheered, clapped and whistled and said special thanks for the pilots...for an adventure before the adventure!!
Ama Dablam Basecamp
8. Ama Dablam Base Camp TrekThe Ama Dablam trek is one of the most sought after by mountaineers. People who are not skilled to climb a mountain are encouraged to trek to the base camp of this magnificent mountain! While you trek this route, you will experience an adrenaline rush, with the highest peaks of the world overlooking you at every step. Ama Dablam is a soothing sight after a difficult climb!
Lobuche Base Camp
Day 6 and you’re now trekking through the harsh wilderness of the Himalayas on your way to Lobuche. There’s snow, there’s ice and there’s not much around besides Mother Nature in all her magnificent glory. At just below 5000m, the trek is tough, and each step feels like a greater effort. What’ll keep you going is the thought that in less than 24 hours you’ll be standing at EBC.
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.
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.
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.