Climbing the highest peak in the world it is impossible, but in this hike to the foot of Everest, you can imagine that you are on its heights.
Passing through Sherpa villages and monasteries, cross rivers and hills, on this Khumbu valley hike up to the foot of Everest, where under the Khumbu glacier, there is a permanent base camp. The name of this region in sherpas language is Solu Khumbu and this is the gate to the old trading post Namche. The tibetan merchants who once changed salt for the tissue and other goods from Katmandu, now they sale items for the hiking or climbing. Starting from Namche, you will see the Everest hiding behind the wall created by the neighboring mountain, Nuptse. Continue on the shores of rivers and forests of rhododendrons, but always heading towards the Kala Pattar peak, 5486 meter, overlooking the most beautiful on Everest. The air is thin and breathing will be hampered, but the final passage, Morena (land dotted with rocks) and rise to the top is worth every effort. The world’s highest mountain rises in your front. Gaze moves from the Khumbu glacier to the Cwm glacier valley and then climb to the pass south, where the west ridge stretches to Everest, an irresistible attraction for many climbers and sherpas.
The best time to travel is between October and May, December and January are very cold. The views are the most clear from mid-October to late November. October is the busiest month. The journey is 30 miles from Namche Bazaar to Kala Patta. It required eight days to travel for the given period of acclimatization, breaks and possible additional paths. You need a sleeping bag. The day is often warm, but at night it is very cold. Need protective cream for face and lip balm, ultraviolet rays are very strong at such altitude. Enjoy the teahouses which offers all kinds of dishes, from dahl bhat (lentils and rice) to pizza. On the way there are excellent places to stop, camping is a wonderful alternative.
One of the first village that you pass is through Khumjung, at north of Namche, at the monastery of here, you can see a so-called yeti skull.
On the entering the village of Thyangboche it rises a majestic monastery. You can participate in prayers and meditation sessions that take place twice a day.
Ama Dablam will appear in front of the Thyangboche. Sherpas call them Chomolungma necklace, Tibetan name for Mount Everest.
Above the village of Dingboche, enjoy a beautiful view of the Himalayan mountain chain: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse and Everest.