Adventures of Trekking to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Nepal is a wonderful country that has many aspects of diversity within itself. The most prominent one among the various aspects would be the topography, where the land structure is plain and smooth in the lowlands of terai, isolated valleys among rigged terrains in the hills and majestic mountains in the Himalayan region. Nepal is called the country of the Himalayas and has the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest located at the Khumbu region of the country. Along with Mount Everest, there are many other mountain peaks surrounding Everest as well. Trekking in the Everest Region of Nepal is perhaps one of the most famous trekking destinations for travelers all over the world. The Sagarmatha zone, named after the world’s tallest mountain, is abundant with Sherpa settlements, with Buddhist culture and religion being the majority. That is why, while trekking to the Everest Base Camp, you are likely to come across many monasteries, Gumbas, chaityas and Bihars all along the trekking trail. The path to the Everest Base Camp is decorated mostly with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and carvings on the Mani-stone walls.

The Khumbu region also has Sagarmatha National Park; and while trekking to Everest Base Camp, you would have to hike through the park and get to Namche Bazaar. Adventures in Namche include exploring the village of Namche. It is also called the “Gateway to Everest”, and is a wonderful settlement which provides the first glimpses of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. The Sagarmatha National Park is a natural World Heritage Site which has a wide variety of unique flora and fauna preserved within its perimeters. The foliages at the park include mostly alpine vegetations of pine, junipers and cedar trees, along with the national flower of Nepal, rhododendrons. In fact, while trekking to the Everest Base Camp, the trekking trail is adorned with rhododendron flowers blossoming in the colors of red, white and pink. Trekking to the base camp, you will most likely excurse the upper catchment areas of the Khumbu region like the Dudh Koshi River, the Bhote Koshi River Basin and the Gokyo Lakes. Other surrounding peaks of the region include Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Thamserku, Mount Nuptse, Mount Ama Dablam and Mount Pumori among many others. Trekking through the forests of the region to the Everest base camp, you will encounter various avifaunas that inhabit the acreage. The forest provides habitat to at least one hundred and eighteen species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasants, red-billed and yellow-billed choughs. Not only that, the Sagarmatha National Park allows you to trudge through the habitat of rare animals like Musk-Deer, Snow Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears and Red Pandas. Himalayan Thars, Langur Monkeys, Martens and Himalayan Wolves are also found in the park.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp also has the revelation of visiting the Tengboche Monastery along the trail. It lies in the Tengboche Village in Khumjung. It is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa people and is also a hub for trekkers in the Everest region. The Tengboche monastery is one of the largest Gompas in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The monastery provides amazing panoramic views of the mountains like Tawache and Everest, and the monastery itself is ornately decorated with precious and religious paintings and murals and is intricately carved. The monastery attracts many trekkers who are on their way to Everest Base Camp.

While trekking, you will also come across a village called Dingboche. It is also called “The Summer Valley”. Excursing from Tengboche, you would come across this little Sherpa settlement that lies in the Chhukung Valley. The Imja River flows directly east of the village. One of the characters of Dingboche is the kilometers of stone walls, built using stones of different sizes that cover the entire valley of Imja. The stones are removed in order to plow the soil and end up being piled one over the other creating the kilometers of wall. It is named the “Summer Valley” because it receives more sun than the village of Pheriche, and is less affected by the icy winds that descend through the valleys of Khumbu.

From Nagerjun, which is a settlement lying just above Dingboche set on the edge of a hill in the Chhukung Valley, you would be presented with Himalayan vistas of Mount Lobuche east and Lobuche west, Toboche Peak; and sometimes, when the weather allows, you can even see the magnificent sight of Mount Makalu as well from here. Mount Makalu is the fifth tallest peak in the world. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp, you would eventually be going to Lobuche as well, and there, you can experience the cyan of the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The Khumbu Glacier is located in the ridge between Mount Everest and Lhotse-Nuptse. With an elevation of four thousand nine hundred meters, it is the world’s highest glacier, and is also one of the largest glaciers of Nepal. The Khumbu Glacier is followed for the final part of the trail to Everest Base Camp. The glacier has a large icefall, The Khumbu Icefall, at its west end.

Reaching the Everest Base Camp presents one with the sublime atmosphere of the mountains. The area is enveloped with snow and is extremely tranquil and beautiful. You would be having the adventure of a lifetime trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Encountering wonderful natural surroundings adorned with emerald foliages, serpentine rivers and rare animals, trekking in the Khumbu region presents you an excellent opportunity to observe and take part in the unique and diverse culture of the people, experience their traditions and customs and visit many religious sites and temples. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp also gives you the opportunity to view some of the most ravishing sights of the mountains, along with dainty picturesque villages and settlements. The trekking journey incorporates all of the aspects of the Everest region to give you an amazing adventure!

With over fifteen years of trekking experience to all the regions of Nepal, Balaram Thapa has a sense of Travel and Adventure in his blood, leaving no landscapes of Nepal unexplored and no mountain unclimbed. It is hard to sum up the achievements and experience that he has gained in such a long time frame. He has led many tour groups through the most challenging terrain and has many extraordinary experiences to share. Travel has been a big part of his life and challenges his obsession. As a keen traveler, he has spent his life exploring the beauty of Nepal and sharing it with visitors to the country. Mr. Thapa is a responsible and caring person who has been able to win hearts of his fellow travelers by his responsible and warm nature.

 

Adventures Increase Long-Term Happiness

As humans, we strive for many things in life. Some people strive for materialistic things, such as cars, houses, and land. Others strive to have “successful” jobs such as being an actor/actress, or becoming a famous writer. But, regardless of what life path we decide to take, there is one thing that everyone equally strives for – happiness. One of the hardest things we encounter in our quest of positivity is finding ways to achieve happiness in the long run. And, in all honesty, the answer is all around us.

Adventuring has the power to change our entire lives. Not only is the feeling of conquering a daring mountain or travelling to a different country something beyond explainable, the experiences and memories we form are scientifically proven to create long-term happiness. In 2015, a US study showed that people who sought experiences and adventured into the world proved to be happier than people who hunted materialistic items.

The first story of Jo Piazza is an astounding one. When she was in her mid 30’s, she was diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder. It would stiffen her muscles leading to her suffering pain and difficulty with activities such as walking. She had recently married her husband, Nick, when the diagnoses happened. Despite her obvious physical restrictions, she was destined to accomplish something great. Jo felt that she was holding Nick back and tried to convince him to divorce her. She wanted him to live the best life he could and continue doing the things she wouldn’t allow him to do, such as biking, climbing, and hiking. But, despite her limitations, he stuck with her.

And, after some time of talking, the two decided to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, a volcano located in Tanzania (as well as the highest point in Africa). Over the course of the climb, their relationship was strained. Jo felt like her deteriorating health held Nick back, and Nick blamed himself for not helping her more. However, despite their clear issues, the two made it up most of the mountain. On the third day of climbing, Nick sustained an injury, causing them to descend down the mountain. Jo was suffering from a disability that put her body and relationship under the most stress they’d ever been in. When she descended down the mountain, she didn’t feel defeated- she felt happier and stronger than ever. She was able to prove to herself that she was capable of so much more than she’d thought before, and was happy to say that her relationship with Nick had never been better. Click here to read more.

Another story is the one of Royce Hardman. Royce was an Australian soldier who served in Afghanistan in 2009. Upon his return home from deployment, he was diagnosed with PTSD. Because of this illness, he would often suffer flashbacks and fall victim to mental outbursts. He started to isolate himself from others and face symptoms similar to that of deep depressions. It wasn’t before long that he felt he needed to do something about it. His solution was to help himself, as well as any other veterans with PTSD, by walking across Australia with his dog, Trigger.

He started walking across the country, starting in Perth. Everyday, for 12 hours, he would walk with his dog and gain as much ground as he could. His story was shared across social media and he formed quite an online following. But, despite the support, his body caught up with him. He started enduring many injuries and physical and mental struggles, resulting in his journey being halted numerous times. And, in 2016, he had to call his journey off. Despite the intense pain and numerous obstacles he had to overcome, Royce didn’t feel like he failed himself or others. He explained that the trip not only showed him how strong the mind and body really are, but it gave him a new purpose. After leaving the military, he struggled to find something that made him happy. It wasn’t before long that he found it in his adventure across Australia and through the help he provided to thousands of other veterans suffering from PTSD.