Everest View Hotel
Blending in with its surroundings, the Everest view hotel is an outstanding hospitality institution that is concealed on an edge that overlooks Everest. The hotel is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain peaks. From every room of the hotel, the visitors will be able to see Mt Everest and they can submerge themselves in this hypnotic scene in extravagance.
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The hotel was started in 1971 and since then it has garnered a place in the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the ‘Highest Placed Hotel’ in the world standing at 13000ft. Since its establishment, the hotel has had lots of features in guidebooks and received tons of media coverage and become a well-renowned destination. The adventurous spirit of the Himalayas is embodied by Hotel Everest View and it is the seamless residence from where you can go to discover the villages close by and to relish the stunning site filled with classic bushes, rhododendron woodlands and fir trees. The staff there are also dedicated and will provide you with the required services and delightful cuisine.
Renjo La Pass
A great way to get to know the exceptional landscapes in this brilliant Himalayan nation of Nepal is to go on the Renjo La Pass Trek which travels the mountains and hikes into the raw earth on popular trails. The Renjo La Pass trek prominently displays its natural exquisiteness in extravagance when the sun begins to shine and the snow melts. The natural beauty seen here can probably be seen nowhere else. In the Everest region, this is one of the most exhilarating trekking zones and one of the harder trails to commence in this region. The trek lets trekkers discover the utmost well-known natural spots of Nepal in a limited amount of time.
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The Renjo La Pass trek is ideal for those who are looking for adventure treks that can be done among mesmerizing mountains. The trek takes you through the heartlands of the Sherpas known as Khumbu and offers an awe-inspiring Himalayan panorama of all of the Solo Khumbu region, as well as Mt Everest (8848 meters) and Mt Lhotse (8516 meters). Moreover, you will be able to see Mt. Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Mt. Makalu (8463 meters), Nuptse (7855 meters), Mt Thamserku (6723 meters), Mt Pumori (7145 meters), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and other well-known ascending mountain crests of the Everest region. While exploring the Gokyo valley, you will also get to discover luxurious valleys, high passes, the Tibetan Sherpa culture, and their earnest generosity.
The best substitute trail to the Everest Base Camp Trek is the Gokyo Ri Trek which offers majestic views of the Himalayan peaks as well as the lakes and glaciers. Done in the Everest region in the high Himalayas, the Gokyo Ri trek is of moderate difficulty and does not require experienced trekkers. Rather than taking the more commercial Everest trek, this trek is much more serene and as trekkers often do not take this trail, it is less crowded. This trek is ideal for both experienced trekkers or people who want to get into trekking. The summit of the Gokyo Ri presents you with panoramic mountain views and you can even see four mountains over 8000 meters. The mountains are Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. People even claim that the view that can be seen from here is far better than that of the well renowned Kala Patthar.
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The trek starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and during the flight, you will be able to see many mountains, valleys, and rivers. Lukla airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The trail takes you through various Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Dole and ascends up to the Gokyo Valley. If you are not short on time then the trek can also be extended and added to the typical Everest Base Camp trek.
Kongde View Trek or the Everest Yeti Trail or the Everest Luxurious Trekking is a trekking trail that offers gorgeous views of the stunning Mt Everest and Everest panoramic views of the surrounding like Namche Bazaar (3450 meters), Kongde (4250 meters), Lukla (2820 meters) and Thame (3700 meters). It takes about a week to complete this trek and along the trail the accommodations will be superb. While there are normal accommodations as well as deluxe accommodations, the choice of where to stay depends on you and the hotels are booked according to your preference. In Kongde, you will find only budget hotels. The major attractions of this trek are the panoramic view of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt Everest, along with other snow-capped peaks such as Amadablam, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Kongde Peak, Nuptse, Taboche, Thamserku and Cholatse. The trekking experience is made exhilarating because of the gorgeous snow peaks.
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This trail leads you along with the Everest base camp trail until you reach Namche Bazaar. It will take 30 to 40 minutes to get to Lukla from Kathmandu by flight and from there you will get to Namche, Thame, Kongde, and then return to Phakding Lukla. This trek is a short trek so it is perfect for mountain lovers. It is recommended that you stay for a couple of days in Kongde so that you can explore the alluring views and so that you can do an excursion to Kongde View Point which is located at an altitude of 4,600 meters. From the viewpoint, you will be able to get a close-up view of the mountains like Everest, Thamserku, Kongde Peak, and Amadablam.
The Kongde View Route trek gets the name of Everest Luxurious trek because of the luxurious hotels that can be found along the trail. In the mountain region, the hotels provide excellent hospitality and are well managed. The rooms provided are nice and clean which have an attached bathroom along with electric blankets, an abundance of variety in meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner and a big dining room. While the accommodation is costlier, the services provided make it worthwhile.
Kala Patthar is made up of two words which when translated in English means “Black Rock''. Located just above Gorak Shep and on the southern ridge of Mt. Pumori in the Khumbu Himalayan range, Kala Patthar is a well-renowned tourist destination. If you wish to see Mount Everest in the closest possible distance then Kala Patthar is the perfect location and as it provides such magnificent views, it is a popular destination in the Khumbu region. Kala Patthar lies north of Gorak Shep and is situated at an altitude of 5,600 meters above sea level. Many trekkers prefer to stay overnight in Gorakshep at the start and end of the Base camp visit. It is the ideal place to have the panoramic views of Mt Everest along with its adjacent peaks, icefall and Khumbu glacier among other things.
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The trail to the peak from Gorakshep is approximately 1.5 kilometers and the difference in height is about 400 meters. To reach the summit, you will have to ascend for 2 to 3 hours and then ascend will be hard. A platform-like landscape develops on the trail above 100 meters from Gorak Shep. While the climb is hard, the view you will see once you reach the top makes it all worthwhile. The builders on the trail up the platform are mostly made of granites that are possibly derived from the higher reaches of the Khumbu Glacier as moraine boulders. The higher you go, the better the views you will get. The top of Kala Patthar provides the most dazzling view of the area including the Everest peak and many more mountains.
For expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan summits in the area, Namche Bazaar is a staging point situated at an elevation of 3,500 meters. This small, quaint village has now turned into a market town that sells everything from trekking and climbing equipment to Tibetan artifacts and everything else that you might need on your trek. The detailed information about the various climbs in the region, information on the Sherpa lifestyle and memorabilia from different mountaineering expeditions can be found at the park headquarters’ visitor center.
Situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain which provides amazing views of the giant Himalayan peaks from anywhere in the valley, Namche Bazaar is a historic trading hub popular for its homemade yak cheese and butter. Sherpas from adjacent villages and traders from Tibet would once gather here to barter goods exhibiting striking traditional arts and crafts and this was once a major trading center of the Khumbu region. While Namche Bazaar has had the taste of modernization, it still holds its ancient traditions, customs, and hospitality.
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Sherpas dominate this region and it is one of the famous stops among the Everest route. Here, along with restaurants, hotels and equipment stores, you will also find cybercafé, a regular pub and a place to play pool. It is recommended that you stay for a couple of days in Namche Bazaar to get acclimatized. As acclimatization is a slow process you should walk up and down the locality. A few hours away from Namche Syangboche and there are some Sherpa villages like Khunde, Thame, and Khumjung, you can visit these places to pass time and to help with acclimatization. There is a weekly market fair held in Namche Bazaar every Saturday morning and the market brightens the place. The fair puts emphasis on the center of the town where traders from adjacent villages and Tibet showcase their essential goods and wares to attract customers. Namche Bazaar has now become a major gateway to Everest and a busy tourist hub where trekkers can do some last-minute shopping for essential things.
One of the popular monasteries in Nepal, the backdrop view of Mt Ama Dablam that you can see from Tengboche Monastery can not be rivaled by any place. Situated in the Khumbu region, the monastery is the leading Buddhist center and even has a residing Rinpoche who blesses travelers, pilgrims, and mountaineers who pass by the place. Tengboche monastery holds the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival every October. The festival is a mixture of Buddhist festivities along with a spiritual gathering, cultural dances, songs, and retellings of the lives of legendary figures. The visitors are always welcomed to participate in the festivities and many trekkers book their trek in a way that overlaps with the festival. For visitors, the monastery tour is conducted every afternoon. Tengboche monastery lies on a majorly famous trek route to the Everest region.
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After Namche Bazaar, atop a hill across Imja Khola, the Tengboche monastery is the most common night stop. The monastery is located on a high ridge across the canyon from Khunde and while the original Tengboche monastery burned down in 1989, it was replaced with a more solid structure later. The monastery is surrounded by pines, azaleas and vibrant rhododendrons with a dazzling panoramic view of Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam. You will find various rest houses, an abundance of lodges, and spacious camping sites in Tengboche. You can go to Pheriche, Kala Patthar and the hamlet of Gorak Shep from Tengboche and you can also easily reach the Everest Base Camp and the summit of Kala Patthar from here. To not get altitude sickness, it is recommended that you take time to acclimatize.
Khumbu Area is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people and here you can observe their lifestyle, customs, dress up, culture and languages. Most people follow Buddhism in this area and they have a monastery whether it is big or small. The Sherpas cultivate the land and grow potatoes, wheat, some vegetables, and buckwheat. They also raise lots of Sheep, Jhyopchyo, Yaks, and Cows. Along the trail, you might also encounter wildlife such as Snow Leopard, Mountain Goat, Monkey, Blue Sheep, etc.
Virtual Tour of Mt. Everest - Update
The visibility was so clear that for the first time in many years, Mt. Everest was seen on May 16, 2020, from Chobar, Kathmandu Valley. You can experience the following 360 panorama view of Peaks (from left to right): Gang Chhenpo, Urkinmang, Kangshrum, Gurkapo Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Lonpo Gang, Gyalzen Peak, Phurbi Ghyachu, Choba Bhamare, Gauri Shankar, Kang Nachugo, Mt Everest (very faint), Chobutse, Trakar Go.
Source: All Things Nepal
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