Have you ever thought of the highest point or place on the earth?
Yes, it is of course Mount Everest of Nepal. It is the highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,848 meters. This famous mountain lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). ‘Sagarmatha’ is the Nepalese name of Mt. Everest and Tibetans call this peak ‘Chomolungma’. The entire Everest region comes within the boundaries of the Sagarmatha National Park. The Park has a large composition of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas. It ranges from 2,845 meters further to the top of the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest. People believe this to be the home of Yeti, the snow man.
Mount Everest trekking starts at Lukla, reached by a 35-minute flight. The hiking goes along the Dudh Koshi Valley leading into the popular Sherpa hometown- Namche Bazaar and finally the Everest Base Camp. Namche Bazaar serves as a central hub of the area for food, sundries, communications and climbing gears. Many trekkers spend a full day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. The trail passes then through the famous Tengboche Monastery, Lobuche and finally Gorakshep (5,140m/16,864ft). Gorakshep is the highest point of accommodation available to the Everest Base Camp visitors. Trekkers also ascend to Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) for the magnificent views of the Himalayan giants.
There were several attempts made in the history to achieve a summit over the Mt. Everest. But the first successful expedition became possible only on 29 of May, 1953. Notably, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa led the expedition team. Because of this, Everest Base Camp route has become one of the most explored trekking trails in the Himalayas. Many expedition teams are following the Everest Base Camp trail for several other peaks in the Everest region. Since then Everest Base Camp trekking is accomplished by thousands of trekkers every year.
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Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most searched trekking holidays in Nepal. This trek is also available with Island Peak climbing for passionate trekkers. Please follow the link for extended itinerary of Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Trek.
Mount Everest Facts
- The official altitude of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,028 feet)
- The peak was first identified by a British surveyor – Sir George Everest in 1841
- Everest was first named as Peak 15 and measured 29,002 feet in 1856
- It was named Mount Everest to give tributary to Sir George Everest in 1865
- British expedition team made the first attempt from the north (Tibet) side in 1921
- The first successful summit was achieved by Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepal) on 29 May 1953
- The first woman to summit Mt. Everest was Junko Tabei (Japan) on 16 May 1975
- The first Nepali woman to summit Mt. Everest was Pasang Lhamu Sherpa on 22 April 1993
- 18 different climbing routes are available for Everest expedition
- The average expedition duration is about 39 days
- One of the popular places to visit in lifetime
- Ancient Tengboche Monastery
- Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
- Marvelous view of the Khumbu Ice-fall
- Picturesque mountain flight to/from Lukla
- Sherpa hometown- Namche Bazaar, the gateway of Everest expeditions