Why Trekking to Everest is Popular

May 29 1953, 8848 meter tall world highest Mountain Mt. Everest was successfully ascended by Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Adman Hillary.

View From Kala Patthar
View From Kala Patthar

Why Trekking to Everest is Popular! Because, May 29 1953, 8848 meter tall world highest Mountain Mt. Everest was successfully ascended by Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Adman Hillary. Since then Nepal has become a favorable destination for mountaineers and trekkers from all over the world. And day by day the trekking and hiking is more popular surrounding of Everest including the Everest Base Camp. Now the Everest base camp trek is for anyone who is intended to be there once in their life time. The people are incredible, the scenery can’t be beat, and you get to take a look at Everest “Sagarmatha” meaning the mother goddess of the world. It’s just amazing to see the highest point of the planet. In the time of Hillary it was almost 300 kilometer of trip but this days you can start your journey by flying into to Lukla, which is located at altitude of 2810 meter above sea level with one-sided airstrip that makes you exciting landing and takeoff. There are hotels, guest house, tea house and local shop on the way up whereas you can eat and sleep at night, and that’s makes your journey pleasant.

Flora and fauna.

It is depend upon the season, what time of the year you are there! If the trek to Everest Base Camp on the month of March/April then you will get chance to see blooming national flower of Nepal if you are around flowering season. It is rhododendron flower which is called Lali Gurans alike in Nepali.  And other major plants are found in the lower part of Everest Region are including birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, wild rose, rhododendron, hemlock and many more.

Himalayan Thar
Himalayan Thar

Beside that there would be different types high altitude mushroom and herbal plants also found in Everest base camp trek route. The Sagarmatha National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth, especially in summer Most of the plants grow and bloom in monsoon on the months of June, July and August, and the butterflies of myriad species appear in different colors which makes more colorful. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or bushes. As the altitude gain, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Normally in Nepal the Tri line ended-up at the altitude of 4000m. And up until 5750m you can see the ground leaves rarely then above would be the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

In the Everest region or Sagarmatha National Park, there you can find over 118 birds species and 26 butterflies species. And some of the endangered animals in this region like wild Yak. Musk dear, Red Panda, Snow leopard and Himalayan Black bear. Apart from Himalayan Thar, Langur Monkey, Hares, Himalayan foxes, martens, and Himalayan wolves are found in this region, but their number are not very large and many visitor may not able to see all of them at once. Because the oxygen level gets thinner with the high altitude. Therefore, the animals that are found here are adapted to living on less oxygen as well as a cold temperature.

People and Culture.

Buddhist Culture
Buddhist Culture

The Everest region is the homeland of the indigenous Sherpa people who have been living there for hindered of years. They can easily absorbed high altitude and live there for long.  Therefore, the region counts many Buddhist monuments such as Stupas, Chortens, Mani walls and Monastery.  The Mount Everest is regarded as one of several “hidden valleys” of refuge designated by Guru Padmasambhava, a ninth-century “lotus-born” Buddhist saint The Sherpa people also believe that Mount Everest and its sides are blessed with spiritual energy, and one should show reverence when passing through this sacred landscape.  (Source: Wikipedia).

Trekking / Hiking Trail

Everest Region has an unlimited trekking destination for the trekking enthusiast – offering a myriad of possibilities from short and easy to the demanding challenging of the snowy peaks. Easy. Moderate or rigorous – there is something for everyone. A Trekkers’ Paradise of Everest region offers a beauties of its terrain – mountains, and hill offer some of the most spectacular trekking route even in the world. The immense contrasts in altitude and climates found here support an equally spectacular Sherpa lifestyle, vegetation and wildlife. Trekking in Everest is a much more Sherpa’s culture, dramatic nature and the fabulous mountains experience as a Himalayan adventures. In the shadows and foothills of the icy pinnacles of the Himalayas, one passes picturesque charming Villages inhabited by indigenous Sherpa’s People. Treks vary from expeditions, high altitude treks to simple easy paced walks.

The name of the some well-known trekking route of Everest region is given bellow.

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek 10 to 14 days.
  2. Everest Three Pass Trek 16 to 24 days.
  3. Everest Cho-La Pass Trek 16 to 18 days.
  4. Gokyo Valley Treks 10 to 12 days.
  5. Everest Panorama Trek 5 to 7 days.
  6. Sherpa Culture Trek 7 to 9 days.
  7. Classic Everest Trek 21 to 28 days.
  8. Khongma-La Pass Trek 12 to 15 days.
  9. Renjo-La Pass Trek 12 to 14 days.

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