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12 best locations to stop by while trekking to the Everest Base Camp

12 best locations to stop by while trekking to the Everest Base Camp

On the way to the Everest Base Camp, you tend to cross various places that are colorful and unique. You will be traveling to the Himalayas for several days. It might give you a feeling as if the areas you have just visited or even spent time in are just the start on your way to Everest or you missed out on any others

Even after completing your journey and returning home, you will surely like to take a look back. Despite having a great time you still feel that if you could have a few more days to spend and explore more.

Therefore before you begin your trek to the Everest Base Camp region, we would like you to have a look at this blog so that you don't miss any of the places we've highlighted. On your way to the Everest Base Camp Journey, explore these places which are not to be missed out.

Kathmandu: The vibrant capital city of unchanged culture and ancient history

Kathmandu is Nepal's political and cultural capital. This city is a perfect blend of old traditions and modern cutting-edge technology. Soothing to the eyes of travelers is its display of intricately carved wooden window frames. It may be an 18th-century bronze sculpture, or a spiritually uplifting temple or stupa. However, it is the grandeur of the past that fascinates them.

Unlike other big cities, Kathmandu has grown rapidly in leaps and bounds over the last decade. Despite its buzz and hustling way of life, the people remain as kind as you can feel.

Kathmandu is blessed by a Living Goddess and is adorned with different kinds of ceremonial processions and festivals that take to the streets.

It is a kind of festive frenzy with hordes of followers seeking blessings, all while maintaining its old traditions. These legendary religious celebrations with chariot processions and masked dancers who are frequently possessed by deity spirits are enchanting.

Not to miss out on the UNESCO declared world heritage sites of the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. Right from the monkey temple of Swayambhu, peaceful Boudhanath Stupa the spiritual Pashupatinath temple it’s sensational. Hold on there’s more! Visit the local bazaars at Asan and spend the night in Thamel.

Thamel is one of the most happening places to purchase hiking and mountaineering equipment, also travel accessories and souvenirs. It is a glittering world of narrow alleys, nightlife, and more.

Lukla: A gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek

Lukla is a small town that lies in the northeastern part of Nepal, in the Khumbu section of the Solukhumbu District. It is a very popular destination for travelers who come to the Himalayas for trekking to the Everest Base Camp.

Each year Lukla is thronged by a huge number of trekkers, vacationers, and mountaineers. Due to this Lukla has transformed into a commercial destination. Though a small-sized town, it is always buzzing with hikers making their way to and from the Everest Base Camp.

It is also one of the important destinations that hold a small airport that connects with the other parts of the countries. A splendid place filled with tourist, trekker-friendly shops and lodges that serve western-style meals and trail supplies. One more thing said about Lukla is that it is listed as one of the world’s most thrillingly extreme airports

Why is the Lukla flight considered to be one of the most thrilling and fascinating flights?

This is due to its landing strip of Lukla Airport. At 525 meters (1,729 feet), it has one of the world's shortest runways and one of the highest airports at 9,334 feet (2,845 m).

Phakding: The first day of actual trekking begins from here

Phakding is a small yet interesting village that lies in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 2,610 meters in the Dudh Kosi river valley. You will find this village ideally placed to the north of Lukla and south of Monjo.

Phakding is a first night experience to stay at the mountain and it is a popular place for trekkers taking the Gokyo Ri or the Tengboche routes to Sagarmatha (Mount Everest). Phakding has several guesthouses on the way to the base camp.

Namche Bazaar:  The mountain town of indigenous Sherpa highlanders

This is where all the expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the Everest Region begin from Namche Bazaar. It is a vibrant market town selling anything from Tibetan antiquities to trekking and climbing gears and almost everything that is needed on your journey ahead. The tourist center at park headquarters serves as an information counter

Namche, is an ancient historic trading town noted for its handmade yak cheese and butter, which you must ideally visit. It is located nearby an arch-shaped mountain with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks from all points within the valley. Times have changed but, Namche Bazaar hasn’t.

It continues to preserve its age-old historical culture, traditions, and its warm friendliness. You will find a pub, Wi-Fi, and a pool table with the usual assortment of motels, restaurants, and equipment stores. This is also a point of acclimatization. Stopping here for a couple of days to get acclimatized is a good option here.

It is not a bad idea to visit the place of Syangboche or many Sherpa settlements such as Thame, Khumjung, and Khunde. It is a few hours of hikes and is the best way to pass the time while getting acclimatized.

Trekking to the Hotel Everest viewpoint is a rewarding journey for getting panoramic views of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Tawache, Ama Dablam, and the Khumbu Himal.

Here at Namche Saturdays are always special. Every Saturday, Namche hosts a weekly market fair. Traders gather here in huge numbers to set up stalls at the weekly market fair. On Saturdays, a variety of things are put up at the market. Traders from Tibet sell a variety of Chinese items.

Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel- A sensational place to visit for enchanting views

Syangboche is one of the most important and must-see villages while making your way to the Everest Base Camp. Besides that, in Syangboche you should visit the Everest View Hotel which is known to host extraordinary Mountain View. In 2004, the Everest View Hotel set a Guinness Record for the Highest Placed Hotel in the World.

As it is inaccessible to reach by road the hotel has its helipad. An excellent chance to observe awe-inspiring snow-capped 360-degree mountain views from the hotel is worth a visit.

 The views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Khumbu Himal, Tawache, and a few others will leave you awe-struck. Mind you they are all stunning and fabulous in their own way. Syangboche is one of the most visited locations on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Tengboche: Monasteries, and more

Tengboche, is a sensational place located on a hill across the Imja Khola. It is the most common night halt after Namche. It is a magical place to visit; it sits on the lap of ancient Khumbila and across the gorgeous Ama Dablam.

Tengboche is known to offer breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks, including Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Tengboche Monastery is one of Nepal's most well-known monasteries. The monastery is a Buddhist center in the Khumbu region with a resident Rinpoche who blesses pilgrims, climbers, and travelers.

In the year 1989, a fire destroyed the original Tengboche Monastery which was later on reconstructed with a more notable construction. Tengboche Monastery holds the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival every October, which is revered by the Buddhist communities.

 The celebrations continue with religious gatherings, singing, ritual dances, and caricature of famous peoples' lives. Visitors are welcome to join in the festivities, and many trekkers plan their treks around the festival. 

Dingboche: Acclimatization and relaxation

Dingboche is a famous halting point for trekkers and climbers making their way to the Mount Everest Base Camp, Ama Dablam, or Imja Tse. You can usually fulfill your acclimatization by spending two nights here.

You will get to notice an array of Mani walls created with stones of various sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja are one of Dingboche's distinguishing features. These stones are then removed to till the soil, then compiled one on top of the other to form kilometers of walls.

Lobuche: Splendid trail to the paradise

Lobuche is a small village in Nepal's Khumbu region near Mount Everest. It is one of the final overnight lodging stations on the path to base camp. It's also a popular stopping point for local trekkers.

The Lobuche peak is famous for peak climbing. The stunning mountains and natural splendor that you witness from Lobuche will take your breath away and leave you stunned.

Gorakshep: The point of the last human settlements

Gorakshep is a small settlement that sits on the edge of a frozen lakebed and is located within the Sagarmatha National Park. It is one of the most popular hubs for Sherpa guides, porters, and tourism businesses.

On the Everest route, it is the final stop for lodging. You will find no options for accommodations above the location other than camping in a tent. Gorakshep is more of a rest point for trekkers. 

Everest Base Camp – A legendary attraction

The 'Everest Base Camp' is the prime attraction of the entire Everest Base Camp trekking journey that you are part of. Being here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The feeling that you get while standing in front of the world's tallest mountain peak, surrounded by gorgeous snow-capped peaks is inexplicable.

Standing tall you can get a close look at the stunning mountain peaks and sense the distinct energy surrounding you. There will be other trekkers with you who will experience the same spirit as yours in the Himalayas. Besides that, you will get to see other climbers preparing for the summit.

At the same time, you will also come across trekkers who have recently completed the expedition and are preparing to return back to Lukla.

When you venture out on this trek with your friends or family, it automatically becomes an unforgettable experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. It's a thrilling journey that comes across only once in a lifetime.

Kalapatthar - A vantage point of excellence

It is a landmark on your way to the Everest Base Camp trek. The trek may feel incomplete without your short hike to Kalapatthar. So why and what makes you think is Kalapatthar a must-visit place? The best reason being it is one of the most thrilling spots for those who wish to see an up-close unobstructed view of Mount Everest. From here a never-before-seen view of snow-capped, massive mountains takes your breath away.

Once you make an ascent towards the grassy slope up the mountain, you’ll gradually gain a better view of mountain ranges, massive glaciers, and Gorakshep below.  Along with Mt. Everest, you can also view massive peaks like Pumori, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Changtse, and Lingtren. The vista of the Khumbu glacier is also a spectacular sight that inspires your senses.

Pheriche: Resting and interesting exploration  

Pheriche is a village that lies in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. It is one of the most-liked and preferred halting points for trekkers and climbers. In Pheriche, you will discover a primary hospital that is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), based in Kathmandu. Pheriche was predominantly a farming community that raised potatoes, buckwheat, and yaks.

However, during summer seasons mostly male men engage themselves in trekking-related chores such as a guide or a porter throughout. It is not surprising to find an array of lodges en route from the Everest Base Camp. Pheriche is also a crucial acclimatization stopover hub.

The Final Say

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So, what's keeping you from making the trek to Everest base camp in 2022/2023? Trek with us and return home with heaps of memories to be cherished forever.

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