A scenic 40-minute flight from Kathmandu takes travellers deep into the Himalayan ranges and to the Everest Base Camp Trek starting point of Lukla. Adventurers strap on their hiking boots and depart for Phakding, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then mount a trail leading through a pine forest, past the Dudh Kosi River, along the Hillary Suspension Bridge, and through Sagarmatha National Park, an important bird conservation habitat.
Spend a day resting and experiencing local cuisine and daily life at Namche Bazaar. Once acclimatised, travellers hit the road once more and are greeted by the mountain views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. While trekking to Tengboche, groupies might have a chance to spot an endangered Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and multi-colored pheasants. During their brief stopover, visitors take in spanning vistas of 8000m and 7000m peaks, and also visit Tengboche Monastery, known for its colourful and meticulous workmanship.
Continue trekking past chortens (shrines), glaciers, ice falls and small villages, and through fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. In Dingboche, adventurers get the camera out to capture picture-perfect views of peaks including Lhotse, Makalu, Cho – Oyu, Cholatse, Taboche, Louche West and Lobuche East. At 5365 meters, trekkers reach Everest Base Camp, where they can meet Everest climbers who are resting and preparing for their ascent. Before descending, travellers can soak up the 360-degree views of the Himalayas’ highest peaks from Thangma Riju.
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