Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Do Everest Expedition
Nepal has an abundant amount of landscapes and natural beauties. One can never get enough of the Himalayas, glaciers, lakes, forests. Home to one of the highest mountains in the world Mount Everest, Nepal has always been a favorite to trekkers, adventurers. The one name that outshines most of the regions in Nepal is the Everest Region.
Everest Region is one of the famous and best destinations for trekking, mountain climbing and Everest Expedition. The region has a special combination of nature and culture as well. It has a phenomenal view of the lush jungles of oaks, pines, and unique cultures and traditions of people.
Everest Region may be famous for Mount Everest but there is still more to that. The region beholds rare species of flora and faunas. The breath-taking views of mountains, glaciers, landscapes, all add up to the significance of the Everest Region. The Himalayan breeze along with the spectacular views of the mountains will always be there to entertain you.
Anyways, here are the top 7 reasons why you should do Everest Expedition:
- Namche Bazaar
Namche bazaar is a beautiful small town in the Khumbu region at the elevation of 3500 meters. It is the gateway to Mount Everest and various other Himalayas such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, etc. The town is a trading point which is home to many sherpas. There are hotels, restaurants, spa centers, and many other facilities. Other Sherpa villages such as Thame, Khumjung are just a few hours walk away, if you want to. The special thing about this town is the homemade yak cheese and butter, other than that you will find Tibetan handicrafts, souvenirs, and trekking equipments and gears. The average temperature of this place is 6.1-degree Celcius with cool wet summers and dry winters. The famous festival celebrated in Namche Bazaar is the Dumjee festival. Dumjee festival involves awe struck lama dances and traditional food serving.
- Tengboche Monastery
One of the famous monasteries of Nepal, Tengboche Monastery stands ahead of the almighty Ama Dablam mountain. It is the biggest monastery in the entire Khumbu region. The monastery dates back to 1916 when it was first established but it got wrecked by the 1934 Earthquake, later it was rebuilt. This is one of the spiritual sites which has rich culture and traditions of the indigenous people. It is believed that sherpas migrated here some six hundred years ago and have been inhabiting this region. The monastery reflects Sherpa’s cultures, festivals, pride, and traditions. The monastery offers stunning views of the Everest, Lhotse and of course the Ama Dablam Himalayas. Other than these, you will find forests full of pines, colorful rhododendrons which surround the gompa itself. The monastery is the gateway to the Everest Base Camp which is also one of the famous trekking destinations and has been known across the world.
- Gokyo Valley
Gokyo Valley lies in the west of the Khumbu Region and one of the vital parts of Everest Expedition ride. It is probably the most scenic valley in Nepal. The rhododendron and oak forests on the trial will indulge you in its beauty. The highest freshwater lake in the world, Gokyo lake is here in the valley. Gokyo valley has diverse landscapes and numerous Himalayan glaciers. Mount kyojo Ri, the unclimbed mountain can be seen right in front of the Gokyo lake. Whereas, Cho Oyo (8153m) mountain can be seen in the north of Gokyo. There are numerous amounts of great views which you can see all around the valley. And the popular one can be observed from a ridge to the northwest which is 2-3 hours away. From that spot a spectacular view can be witnessed which extends from Cho Oyo, Everest and all the way to Makalu. Most visitors believe the view to be one of the best Nepal has to offer.
- Mani Rimdu Festival
Following the full moon in the autumn season, the 19-day long Mani Rimdu festival commences in the Himalayas. The festival is celebrated by the local sherpa people for good health, fortune and long life. The people gather up in one of the oldest Tengboche Monastery to celebrate the spiritual festival. Apart from the Tengboche Monastery, it is celebrated on other monasteries such as Thame and Chiwong of the Solukhumbu. The Lamas (Buddhist monks) and the sherpas gather together to perform rituals and do pray the Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava. The festival includes masked monks’ dances and another tantrik ritual which is really fascinating to observe. The grand show allures hundreds of sherpas and tourists every year in the Khumbu Region. The festival falls under the autumn season which is also an ideal time to view the glorious mountains.
- Heart Warming Sherpa People
Out of 59 indigenous peoples, Sherpa is among them and mostly resides in the Everest region. The simple, innocent, warm-hearted people sherpa is the inhabitant of the Everest Region. They are the people who will amaze you with welcoming smiles and hospitality. They are the most hardworking people but are usually happy and optimistic people. Other known facts of the sherpas are that they are one of the best mountaineers out there in the world. Sherpas are also one of the best guides if you were ever to visit the Everest Region. Other intriguing things about the Sherpas are their unique lifestyle and cultures. Sherpas are involved in trade mostly while some are guides, farmers, porters, and mountain climbers. They mainly wear clothes like a Typical Tibetan would wear. The people follow the Buddhism culture, rituals, customs, so if you are a guest to them, they will greet you with Khadas (scarf). These people worship the mountains, lakes, forests as the gods, and spiritual deities.
- Kala Patthar
The Kalapathar means black stones, and the place is at 5545m elevation hill and the place is literally surrounded by black stones. The Kala Patthar is well known for offering an amazing view of Mount Everest and other mountainscapes such as Lola, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many others. It is one of the most famous places to visit during the Everest Expedition ride as it gives a close view of Everest. The best season to visit the Kala Pathar is during the autumn and spring season as the days are mostly sunny. The best time of the day is the sunrise and the sunsets, as, during that time, the views are just mesmerizing. The Kalapathar takes about an hour or two ascents from the Gorakshep which is the base camp of Everest.
- Sagarmatha National Park
UNESCO natural heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park embraces great Himalayan glaciers, mountains, trails, and valleys. It is famous for the world’s top highest mountains such as Everest. The protected place is also home to several rare species such as the snow leopard and the red panda. Apart from this, this national park also shelters 118 species of birds. The major rivers such as BhoteKoshi, DudhKoshi flows through this park. The park covers the altitude of 2,845 to 8,848 so, it means the park has different types of vegetation according to the elevation. Rhododendrons, pine, birch, bamboo are found in the lower altitude and as the altitude increases, plants like shrubs, mosses, etc can be found. Popular things to do in the National park include activities such as hiking, camping, wildlife view, observe the magnificent mountains, etc.
What’s next waiting for you?
If you are planning an Everest Expedition ride then you shouldn’t miss out on the above-mentioned things to do. If you are planning to visit some spectacular destinations near Everest then check out our travel guides to get all the information.