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All About Everest Base Camp: Location, Region & Season to Trek

March 21, 2021

Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world is also a favorite among the trekking enthusiasts, for them trekking to The Everest Base Camp is a must to do trekking expedition and a life time experience. The Base Camp is on the south face of Mt. Everest and comes in the Nepal region.

In this article, we will try to cover all key elements such as the location, experience, tips & tricks to reach Everest Base Camp.

Let's Understand the region, location, season and how it can be reached.

The Base Camp is at the south face of Mt. Everest that comes in the Sagarmatha Region of Nepal. A village called Lukla serves as the gateway to the high peak wonders of the world. One can reach Lukla by air from Kathmandu as it has good number of daily flights. It is well connected to all the nearby cities and towns. Two daily trains to Lukla visit Chitwan and then to Khopra. The early train gets delayed in service once in every other month due to unfavourable weather.

Eric Tardif saysThe Sagarmatha Region of Nepal is a place away from general pollution and stress. The location, weather and climatic conditions are favorable for trekking in Nepal. Due to its altitude, the flora and fauna are more developed. It has several exotic species of plants and animals that are not found elsewhere. These include the snow leopard, the blue sheep, water buffalo and elephant. The region is also cavernous and spanned by many river systems. These waterways are perfect for understanding the Nepali culture. A tour to the Sagarmatha Region of Nepal provides a fascinating glimpse of Nepal'strekking culture.

The Simikot is the premier trekking route that runs from Muktinath to the Annapurna base camp. It comes as no surprise that the mosthumorous place in the world,Mount Everestgets its name from the Simikot. The word Simikt in Gurmukhi means Tower of Victory. Gurmukhi is a village that happens to be located right at the base of a boiling hot ball of earth just past the Annapurna base camp.

The word Annapurna, actually means Palace of heaven in Nepal. The place is heavenly, it has beautiful jade carvings and paintings as well as wonderful frescos. The scenic beauty is simply stunning. The popular trekking routes to Annapurna include the seven pilgrim trails that wind through the dense forests, hysterotelike mountains and deep valleys.

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The native population of Nepal is culturally very traditional. They strongly believe in family planning. Family members helping each other in building the house, food farming and animal husbandry are a Mellows culture. Of course, having a big family does not necessarily mean you have a lot of children. However, as the family members ages, it is generally believed that they all have below average intelligence.

Despite being generally acknowledge as the oldest currently built, the exquisite of the Taj Mahal undoubtedly hold it's special appeal for modern-day travelers. The list of dependent relatives of the Taj Mahal include, but are not limited to, a camel,19; yak, yak milk,20; wild boar, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, domesticated animals, monkeys and domestic animals. Thus, the Taj Mahal is closely related to the bio diversity of it's biological species. Paradoxically, the scientific rigor of the 19th century may be the reason why the Taj Mahal cannot be described as a monument mainly dedicated to history.

Currently, there are numerous attractions that make it possible for the visitors to explore the deep roots of the local population. The region of Baloo is a monsoon zone whereas the areas of Everest, K2 and Dartmoor are all in the summer. In the north of Nepal, the Tripa leash walkway hinges on beautiful cascading waterfalls. The Melok region is populated by Hindus whereas the Kailash mountain group is majority Buddhist. The natural wonder of Hayabusa, East Panna and Naya Devi are three beautiful pillow shapes. The most prominent hill station of this region is Manaslu with nearby grassy plains. The entire region is full of temples and the home of the Dasyu monastery. This monastery is famous for its green Tea House, Dhamsana temple and the Pashupatinath temple. The region is famous for its alpine meadows, exotic springs and many mountain villages. Tourists are often tempted to stay for the nights in the sojourns of this valley.

As you go further and then further down the valley, it comes to Kyanjin Gompa and Dzongri.

Adventures in Peru

Adventures In Peru - Hiking Across The High Plain Č A few years ago, I had no idea that it could be so challenging to try and trek the backcountry of Peru. Having lived in Chivay, a small town in the northeast part of Lima, I had seen a map on the wall that showed a long trail circle area in the top of mountains, with a couple of possible campsites at points. I was planning on crossing the trail and starting the hike from there, with a planned stop in Cusco to see if I could get a ride to Arequipa, which would complete the circle. However, a number of health problems and time events lined up to make the trek north to the high plain.

I had been thinking of passing through the desert part of the way to Charcana to come down to the Andes, but when I saw the Overseas Highway (Osw) checked off the list of entry points in my GPS, my plans had changed. I was going to try to find a trail to the high plain. From Cotahuasi, which is at about 8,200 feet in elevation, the climb was fairly gradual with some steady switchbacks. There were a couple of rock slides on the trail in the past that needed to be repaired but generally things were pretty good.

I had been told that there was a road to Runkura but after a several hour search, I had not seen any signs. It made sense that there had been some kind of problem at some point and I would have to try to go around it. The last thing I needed was to be blocked by a snow storm, but I was so happy to find that there were no snow blocks on the trail. Even worse, during the night, I was trapped by a snow storm that spread through the high plain and was only partly clearing. I was able to move fairly minimally, with all the food I brought, sleeping bag, down bag, extra clothes, etc. When night fell, I went back down to the trail head and askedortership in Arequipa what had happened. They said there had been a storm in the Cotahuasi region and that there were a few tornadoes that had traversed the trail. They suggested that I might be better off waiting for the storm to clear and then exiting theennes to head down.

I had about 4 ½ hours of sleep for the storm, including the brief excursion to the high plain. As the storm moved out, it looked like I could move on down the next day, but there was still a lot of scree to be resolved. There were a couple of opportunities to camp on the way down but I chose to carry a pack mule three miles to Charcana to see if I could find a trail. Unfortunately, trails were not what they had been earlier in the day and it did not take long before I found a couple of paths. One went south, basically going down the mountain, but I had to follow it to the shelter at the edge of the canyon, at 15,980 feet. The other went northeast, over the rim and down into the canyon. I finally found a trail down to the stream in the dark, but it was too steep to stop to camp there. I continued on, finally reaching atkh, at -2,300 feet. I finally reached my goal and camped there, rather than going down and getting more lost, which was what I wanted to do in the first place.

The following day I moved to Huaynacotas, which is at -3,300 feet, and finally found a trail out to Charcana. From there, I needed to go to the other extreme, which was near the hot springs at Pampamarca, but I wasn't able to find a good pass to cross the Cotahuasi River. I always wondered if it was too cold for a river that runs from the high mountains and through the canyon, but it was not that cold. Just near the hot springs are a couple of villages that I didn't see on the way down, so I decided to stop there and have a beer and a swim.

Another interesting trail in the Cotahuasi Canyon is the trail to Alcazaba, which goes up to the high plain and crosses the main road at 14,300 feet. I didn't find a suitable place to camp there, so decided to return to Arequipa that evening.

In the morning, I slept in the car on the way to Cotahuasi, which turned out to be a mistake as I wanted to visit the hot springs at Pampamarca and didn't know that was off-limits. The problem was that the car park was full, and there were people all around, including the park rangers.