Published 10th Aug, 2018
Wank to know why is Everest Base Camp trek so popular? If yes, read this article about the major reasons why Everest Base Camp trekking is so popular.
There is no doubt that Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is the most popular trekking route in Nepal. Annually, more than 50,000 people from all over the world flock to the Everest region to commence on a journey to the base camp of the world’s highest peak. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, travelers to the region can experience the beautiful, unique Sherpa culture by visiting the museums and monasteries along the way. While you have to go there and experience firsthand to grasp the reasons behind the popularity of this trek route, here we have listed down five awesome reasons that make this EBC a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Like most treks in the region, EBC commences with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Although it is not the only way to access Khumbu region, it is the easiest and shortest route. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is also often known as the most dangerous in the world, but on a good day, when the sun is shining, this nerve-wrecking fact can be easily forgotten. Flying above the verdant hills, winding dusty tracks, picturesque scattered villages, and through wisps of cloud vapor, this flight is bound to ethereal.
Declared a national park in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park is home to Mt. Everest and several other peaks above 6,000m. With most of park above 3,000m, the area is full of rugged terrain with deep gorges, colossal glaciers, and mystic rocks. The park boasts of a wide variety of wildlife and 118 bird species. Listed as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the park is also home to endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, impeyan, and the crimson-horned. On top of that, the fir, birch, juniper, and rhododendron forests lend an element of tranquility to the trek route.
At an impressive elevation of 3,500m, Namche Bazaar is the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other mountains in the area. This popular town is also a prosperous market that sells everything from trekking and climbing equipment to exquisite Tibetan handicrafts. Situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain, amphitheater like Namche emanates surreal vibes and aura of Himalayan serenity. It is also the best place to witness and experience the rich and unique culture of the true mountain people – Sherpas.
Out of more than 100 ethnic groups residing in Nepal, Sherpas are one of the most culturally rich and prosperous groups. They are the native inhabitants of the Khumbu region. How the Sherpa culture has successfully sustained and prospered at such high elevation has been a subject of much awe and fascination for people all over the world. The base camp trek offers a very rare and fascinating glimpse into this beautiful culture. You will be able to explore their way of life, cuisine, and world-class hospitality at the foothills of the Himalayans.
EBC journey is as much a spiritual journey as it is a physical one.
Throughout the trek, you will come across numerous monasteries and
chortens that are decorated with ornate carvings and colorful prayer
flags. Mani stone walls etched with prayer messages are also a common
sight. Among these uncountable religious and spiritual symbolisms the
trek presents Tengboche Monastery is the most famous and revered one. In
addition to receiving blessings from the monks, you can marvel at the
beautiful architecture, ancient statues and scriptures.