“Cultural, religious and natural interests, set within an awe-inspiring landscape below world’s summit- A Week below Everest“
A week below Everest is a wonderful trekking holiday in Everest Region that without going as high as Everest Base Camp Trek incorporates major highlights of incredibly beautiful Khumbu Region. A weeklong walking adventure in Everest Region caters astoundingly beautiful natural aspects of Khumbu and the authentic culture of the region.
This soft trekking adventure in Nepal is ideal to novice trekkers or to travelers with limited time but craving to explore the Everest Region.
Here have listed the five major landmarks trekkers get to explore during the trek.
Lukla Airport is considered as one of the most challenging airports in the world, enough to meet the adventurous wish.
There are daily flights between Lukla and Kathmandu on day light hours during the favorable weather. The airport’s paved run away is only accessible to helicopters and small fixed wing. Lukla Airport was renamed in honor of Tenzing and Hillary as the Tenzing Hillary Airport in 2008. The most convincing part is that only most experienced pilots of Nepal fly helicopters and airplanes to Lukla. Lukla is the mountainous town with various facilities of modern amenities. Lukla is servicing the region with variety of shops and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers, providing western-style meals and trail supplies .Hospital services are highly equipped with modern instruments. It is heavily funded by the foreign visitors and provides free medical services to natives of Lukla.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is situated at the foothills of Himalayas occupying an area of 1,148 sq. km. The dense and verdant vegetation is full of rugged terrains, deep gorges, glaciers and huge rocks. Most of the land of Sagarmatha national park is above 3000m. Main attractions of Sagarmatha national park are world highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other high mountains like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Gyachung Kang, Thamserku etc. The highest altitude wildlife park is the World Heritage Site of UNESCO for the conservation and preservation of wild species of the Himalayan region. Comprising with the valleys, passes and the human settlement within it the national park offers the unique blend of sharp wilderness and human settlement in the tough conditions.
The park houses an amazing array of plant species, birdlife and exotic animals. Plant species like blue pine, silver fir, rhododendrons, birch etc, have glorified the beauty of the park. On venturing into the park, one may encounter rare species like snow leopard, pandas, lynx etc. Birdwatchers can have the best sightseeing experience while viewing rare bird species like snow cock, pheasant, snow pigeon etc. Concisely, Sagarmatha National Park is a storehouse of Himalayan natural resources.
Tengboche or Thyangboche Monastery 3867m also known as DAWA CHOLING GOMPA, located in the Tengboche Village in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
Lama Gulu built the monastery in 1916 with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it the fire destroyed it for the second time and was rebuilt again with the help of volunteers and international assistance.
Tengboche Monastery located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park is draped with a panoramic view of Mt. Amadablam and other Himalayan Peaks, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Themserku.
Mani Rimdu is the most popular Festival among other festivals which normally falls during the late October.
Namche Bazaar 3440m is a bustling hill town with more than a hundred houses, all of which seemed to be hotels. Namche has a cool wet summer and dry winter mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon seasons. Namche is the main trading center for Khumbu region with the facilities of government offices and a police check post. Namche is couple of days trek from Lukla Airport.
Namche is popular with the trekkers in the Khumbu region especially for altitude acclimatization and is a gateway to high Himalayas. Namche serves the best initial view of the mighty Everest. Every Saturday morning, a weekly market “HAAT BAZAR” is held at the heart of Namche. Namche has also gain a worldwide popularity as a home of great Sherpas.
Apart from the hotels the streets of Namche Bazaar are dotted with bakeries – selling pizzas and garlic breads, souvenir shops – selling Sherpa artifacts to posters of Everest, book stores – selling the latest mountain literature, mountaineering equipment stores – selling and letting out equipments and last but not least internet and sat phone cafes – helping you to keep in touch with home.
Khumjung 3970m the major Sherpa Village in Khumbu offers the dramatic view sacred mountain Khumbilla looming right above it. Around 1000 inhabitants settle in this beautifully located valley. Khumjung is famous for the purported (supposed) yeti scalp place in one of its oldest monasteries.
Himalayan Trust of Nepal has built a primary level and a secondary level school in the village. This Village is also facilitated with modern amenities such as internet mobile and landline phone. Khumjung serves as a campsite for most of the mountaineers expediting to the Himalayan ranges. Khumjung is a comparatively larger village providing fantastic view of the Mt. Ama Dablam to its visitors.