5 Reasons to Climb the Everest Base Camp Trek
Just standing beneath the world’s tallest mountain is enough for most people, but the Everest Base camp Trek offers a wide array of other attractions that make this one of the top treks on earth.
To give you a sense of the awesome stuff you can expect, we have listed our top 5 things to see on the Everest Base camp Trek!
1. Kala Pattar view point
From Base camp you can’t actually see the summit of Everest. But don’t worry, the view point from Kala Pattar offers up one of the most epic views you’ll ever experience. The climb to the view point takes a couple of hours and you’ll be at the highest point of the whole trek – but the view makes up for the steep climb!
2. Flight into Lukla
So the flight into Lukla is not for the lighthearted, but it certainly is exhilarating! Make sure to sit on the left side if you can to get the great views of Everest as you fly in. The runway at Lukla sits on a mountain and looks alarmingly short when approaching. Sit back and enjoy the tense moments!
3. Sargamatha National Park
Most people think of tall snow-capped peaks when describing the Everest Base Camp Trek, but you also trek through the lush valleys of Sargamatha National Park. Admire the rushing rivers and green vegetations as you trek along the river, criss-crossing over the old rope bridges. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop!
4. The local sherpas
Always friendly, always welcoming and always positive. The local sherpas are a breath of fresh air on your trek and you’ll enjoy hearing all of their stories about life in the mountains. These people are exceedingly strong and resilient and you’ll be amazed by their super-human strength and ability to deal with the altitude with ease!
Even for those among you who are not culture vultures, the monasteries along the trek will have you staring in awe! Among the many impressive buildings, Tengboche monastery stands above all others. Draped in a backdrop of giant mountains, the monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu and trekkers can spend a wonderfully few hours exploring its ancient history and culture as they walk through the stunning complex!
We recommend the EBC Trek Guide for loads of helpful information on the adventure. Click here to find out more.