Mount Everest, also called Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet, is the single highest mountain in the world, with an altitude of 8,848 meters. Being the highest mountain peak and offering one of the finest landscapes in the world, the Everest region is one of the most famous tourist destinations worldwide and probably the biggest tourist attraction in Nepal. The Everest Base Camp in Nepal lies on the altitude of 5.320 meters above the sea level. It is located right in front of the Khumbu Icefall – a spectacular glacier which is on the way to the top of the mountain. The Everest Base Camp with its colorful tents and yellow roofed small huts spread all over on the snowy slopes, resembles a colorful marble chain. The atmosphere is very warm despite the harsh weather conditions, thanks to the colorful ambient, the prayer flags and the strong presence of the international community, with climbers and tourists coming and visiting from countless places all around the world. Meeting new people and exchanging travel adventures over hot and delicious cups of tea, is a part of the overall Everest experience.
If you want to see Mount Everest, you don’t really have to attempt to climb it. You can trek to the Everest Base Camp to enjoy its beauty or you can simply hire a helicopter that will give you a one of a kind personal experience in the Everest region. If you decide for trekking, then you need to catch a plane from Kathmandu to Lukla, the cradle of the Everest region. From there it takes 5-7 days to reach the Base Camp. On the way to the EBC you will see Everest as well as other Himalayan peaks from many viewpoints and have the chance to get to know the Sherpa way of life, culture and tradition. Apart from this route, there are a few more alternative routes that you can take and experience something more than the regular traveler in the Everest region! These alternative routes include the Gokyo crystal clear glacial lake, the Island peak and other high passes in the region, as well as many other Sherpa settlements such as Jiri.
Things not to miss are definitely the sunset on the Everest, bathing the snowy giant in golden red and the beautiful, exciting atmosphere of the Everest Base Camp. Both of these experiences, as well as many others of this region will leave you with life-long memories!