Everest RegionWhen someone mentions 'Nepal', ‘Mount Everest’ automatically comes to mind, .Thus, it is not amusing that treks to Everest Base Camp catch the attention of outdoor enthusiasts from all over the globe. The Nepalese name of Everest is, Sagarmatha, where ‘Sagar’ means sky, and ‘matha’ meaning forehead or head, a fitting name for their beloved ‘goddess of the sky’.
Everest region gives you the opportunity to experience the breathtaking sceneries of the rugged beauty. Besides Mt. Everest (8848), seven more mountains of over 7000 meters touch the sky. The landscape is cut through by deep rivers and glaciers. Climbing higher into the Khumbu Region, you get to see vast pine and rhododendron forests give way to smaller scrub junipers, and finally short alpine shrubs, grass and wild flowers.
Various birds soar on the up-draughts such as Golden eagles vultures, yellow billed choughs and black ravens. The forests is home to a numerous types of wild animals such as rare snow tiger and red panda as well as the plentiful Himalayan tahr, musk dear and barking deer. Thus this makes the Everest region rich in wildlife.
The preservation of the area has been greatly supported by the Buddhist inhabitants who show deep respect towards nature. Moreover it is with the Sagarmatha National Park, where laws are strictly abided to protect the environment and the native species.
We step back in time when we enter the Sherpa villages. Simple stone lodges provide affectionate welcome and gives you an insight into a captivating culture. Expressions of ancient Tibetan Buddhist faith are found everywhere from stupas which represents the mind of Buddha, mani walls engraved with prayers, colorful prayer flags and the beautiful monasteries.
Tengboche Monastery, 3850m is a must visit during the trek as it is one of the major highlight of the region. Summit expeditions stop to seek the blessing of the gods at this amazing monastery which is built into a great hill overlooking Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. You can get the clear view of Sagarmatha from Tengboche.
At Everest Base Camp the atmosphere is stimulated by summit expeditions setting out for the supreme challenge. Although, you can’t see Mt. Everest from the base camp, but you do get a spectacular view of the Khumbu glacier below, with its ice fall, glacial ponds and icebergs.For the ultimate view of Mount Everest, we return to Gorakshep and climb to Kala Pattar, 5545m. Trekking is possible throughout the year; however the best time to visit is from the beginning of March to mid-May and from the beginning of September to mid-November. The winter here is very cold and the summer is rainy. The rhododendron trees and wild flowers burst into bloom during April and early May, adding spectacular splashes of color to the Himalayan landscape; whereas, the clearest skies are later in the year, after the summer monsoon rains have settled the dust and everything is lush and green.