Mt. Everest (8848m) being the tallest mountain in the world has been the dream destination for many adventurers from all around the globe. Located at the border between Nepal and Tibet, this mountain lies within the Khumbu region, also known as the Everest region, of eastern Nepal. Along with the mountains, the culture of Sherpa people, who dominate the Khumbu region, has also attracted thousands of people to flock into the region. Summiting the snow giant is a dream of many, but the Everest region is mostly packed with trekkers curious to explore what the mountains have in stock for them.
Enjoying the hospitality of indigenous Sherpa people, otherwise known for their bravery in the Himalayas, the trekkers are offered magnificent views of some of the world’s highest mountains: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). Massive glaciers, tranquil glacial lakes, quiet forests, quaint villages, Everest region has them all, making it one of the best travel destinations in the world.
Trekking Trails in Everest Region
Within the Everest region, many trails and routes can be enjoyed by a wide range of people. Those who prefer short trips can take a weeklong journey to Everest View Hotel or go for a helicopter ride to get amazing aerial views. Those who like adventure and challenges can do the Everest three passes trek, which consists of almost all major travel destinations in the Everest region. Gokyo Ri, offering a surreal view of the deep-blue Gokyo lakes and the towering mountains on the backdrop, is also gradually gaining its deserved popularity and is being frequented by many travelers in recent years.
\The picturesque town of Namche, the sacred monastery of Tengboche and the several vantage points like Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar are some of the many highlights of Everest region that one needs to experience at least once in their lifetime. The age-old Sherpa culture and their unique festivals have also attracted many cultural enthusiasts to the region.
Before traveling, however, one needs to be aware of the facts and details of the desired destination. So, below are some exciting facts about the Everest region.
1. The Two Basecamps
There are two ways to reach the summit of the tallest mountain, from Nepal and Tibet, hence there are two base camps. The north base camp lies in Tibet while the south one is in Nepal. Both of these base camps are frequently packed with tourists, but those who like adventure prefer the south base camp as north base camp can easily be reached via vehicle since the route is well developed. In case of Nepal, travelers need to trek for several days from Lukla, the nearest flying destination to trek in the Everest region. There are no other ground facilities to explore this region except for trekking.
2. Maiden Year
Even though Mt Everest is a popular summit destination, there have been instances where there have been fewer climbers. In the year 1974, there were no records of any mountaineer scaling the tallest mountain and hence this year is known as maiden year.
3. Best Time To Travel
The Himalayas can be a cruel place if you don’t take the weather and climate into consideration. Due to the high altitude, the weather is unpredictable, which can be a hindrance to trekkers. So, the best time to travel the Everest region is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. The weather during these seasons is clear and stable, making it favorable for trekking. During these months, there are festivals, both local and national, which you can enjoy heartily. During the monsoon (June-August), there are heavy downpours most of the time, which can make the trails slippery and dangerous. Meanwhile, during winter (December-February), snowfall can be a hassle for many travelers.
4. The Climbers
Thousands of climbers have reached the summit, over the years, but only a few have made names. The first climbers, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa have certainly paved the way for many ambitious mountaineers to be remembered for the summit. From the oldest to the youngest, people from all around the world have flocked to this mountain. Jordan Romero from America was only 13 years old when he reached the top while Yiuchiro Miura was the only 80 years old to do the same, claiming the title of the oldest person to climb Everest. Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa from Nepal have gained the title for the most ascents by summiting a total of 21 times.
However, not every climber’s attempt has been successful. According to the statics of 2019, a total of 307 people have lost their lives in Everest since 1922. The major reasons for this are bad weather, avalanche, altitude sickness, and sometimes sheer carelessness.
5. Mt. Everest’s Growth
Even though there have been debates over the increase in height of Mt Everest, recent researches have shown that the mountain gains 4mm height every year. The continuous collision between the Indian and Eurasian plates is the reason behind it. A Nepalese team of experts recently finished measuring the new height of Mt Everest, the result of which will be published in 2020.
Without a doubt, the Everest region is a favorite among people who love mountains and treks. The vast landscape with beautiful glaciers, lakes, and mountains is accompanied by the charming Sherpa people and their culture that has a definite impact in the region’s fostering tourism. It is safe to say that the indigenous community of Sherpa is also one of the main reasons for people coming here, for they are the most reliable when it comes to the mountains.
Every year, the region gets more vibrant and is busier as more tourists are heading into the region to either trek or to climb Mt Everest. The Himalayas, however, can be treacherous sometimes, and it is wise to research thoroughly beforehand and to come prepared so that you make the most out of your Himalayan journey. Everest region is a little heaven on earth that is eager to welcome you all with heartwarming hospitality amidst picturesque settings.