NORTH VS SOUTH: EVEREST BASE CAMP

Did You Know? the international border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. There are two base camp on opposite sides of Everest, South Base Camp in Nepal and North Base Camp in Tibet. These camps are used as temporary campsites by the used by mountains climbers for ascents and descents.

North Everest Base Camp

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Located in the remote southern region of Tibet, the northern base camp is trekked lesser than its southern counterpart in Nepal. The desolated landscape, its Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan architectures gives an exotic cultural flavor to the tour, making it culturally significant.

  • Activities: Culture Tours, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,150m/16,892ft at Everest Base Camp
Permits

A visit to the North Base Camp currently requires a permit from the Chinese government, on top of the permit required to visit Tibet itself.

Recommended Trips
  1. North Everest Base Camp Via Lhasa
  2. Lhasa Tour Via Everest Base Camp
  3. North Everest Base Camp Explore Trip
The Base Camp

The “tourist Base Camp” is located about halfway between Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest buddhist shrine in the world. Whereas the actual climbers’ Base Camp is at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.

Transport

You can either fly to Lhasa from any major city China or hire a 4WD from Lhasa to Rongbuk Monastery.

Major Attraction

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Ranked at the top of CNN’s ‘Great Places to be a Recluse’ in 2011. Rongbuk Monastery claims to be the highest monastery in the world  at 4,980 metres.

Food and Lodging

There are tent hostels for travelers and climbers, offering beds and food (simple chinese Food). Guesthouses around Rongbuk Monastery also provide rooms for travelers.

Scenery

The sunrise at Mount Everest is one of the top highlights of the China side. The sun rising from the east shines on the summit, making a golden triangle.

South Everest Base Camp

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The Everest Base Camp on the south side is one of the most popular in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands each year.

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 m/18,204 ft
Permits

To Visit the South Base Camp you need to have a TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management Card) and pay the Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park.

Recommended Trips
  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo
  3. Jiri to Everest Base Camp
The Base Camp

The South Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 5,320m (17,500 ft) where many climbers and travelers camp there for acclimatization to reduce the risks of altitude sickness. The base camp is mostly dotted with colorful small tents and yellow-roofed huts during climbing seasons otherwise gray/white landscape of the Khumbu Icefall sits on the background.

Transport

Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, which saves time and energy before beginning the trek to this base camp. A private Heli ride is also in the list if you are not into trekking.

Major Attraction

Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trekTengboche Monastery is located on a hill at the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola rivers, three days away from lukla. Built in 1961  the Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Mani Rimdu is a traditional festival celebrated in Solukhumbu, especially at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang and Tame. This sacred festival is celebrated for mani rimdu everest base camp treknineteen days; the most special and elaborate of them all are the last three days. Those three days are marked by public festivals.

Fooding and Lodging

There are numbers of tea houses and hotel between Lukla and Ghoreshep which offers bed and food. Most of them serves Nepalese food: fried rice, small potatoes, or fried noodles.

Scenery

 

The sunset is the biggest highlight from the South Base Camp. Stunning picture of gold and pink light on white snow, the breathtaking highland scenery and the mighty Everest.  


Travel Tips

  • Know about Altitude Sickness and its symptoms.
  • Study about the best season to see Everest and pack accordingly. [Mar – May & Sept – Nov is considered as the best month]

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Where to trek in Autumn 2016?

Start Planning now !! AUTUMN arguably is the best trekking season  in Nepal, with clear weather, stunning views of mountains and moderate temperature. September to November is the month were you will get the best of Nepal though keep in mind the popular trails will be crowded.

Without wasting anytime let’s look at the list of some of the trek you can do in the Autumn.

Everest Panorama Trek

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For those of you who want to experience the majestic aura of Mt. Everest but have very limited time to spend in the Himalayas, Everest Panorama Trek can a viable alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Panorama Trek is one of the most popular Everest region treks belongs right at the top of a list of more popular Everest Treks. It is an adventurous Everest package that allows trekkers with busy schedule experience world’s tallest mountain without having to compromise the thrill.

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Annapurna Panorama Trek

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Annapurna Region is the most popular trekking region of Nepal and rightly so. It is arguably the most panoramically gifted regions of Nepal and it takes something really specially to be able to be called this in the land of Mt. Everest. Located northwards of Pokhara, Annapurna Panorama Trek takes you through the Annapurna massif with splendid views of Manaslu, Lamjung, Dhaulagari, the Annapurnas as well as many other Tibetan mountains.

Annapurna Panorama Trek is a fairly easy trek. The trails are not much physically demanding when compared to other trails in the Himalayas and the trek will be completed in less than two weeks itself.

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Rara Lake Trek

rara lake trek autumnRara Lake Trek offers a unique window to enjoy wilderness. Numerous birds add music to the serene surrounding.  You trek through unrivalled natural beauty to reach Daphne Langa Pass at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,480 ft). The hills are blanketed by pine and juniper forests and the valley underneath are in mostly prairies. The trek, at times, can be strenuous and requires trekkers to camp in many parts.

One of the biggest lake in Nepal the enchanting lake is situated inside Rara National Park at an altitude of 2,980 m (9,837 ft).

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

manaslu circuit trek autumnThe best all-round trek in northern Nepal, Manaslu circuit trek can certainly be a great alternative to Annapurna circuit trek. Still relatively unexplored, Manaslu trek leads to high Himalayan passes through ethnic Tibetan villages, with the spectacular views of snow-peaks and campsites.

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Langtang Helambu Explore Trek

langtang helambu trek autumnHelambu is located within the Langtang region in the northern Nepal. The desolated landscape of Helambu, Langtang is mainly inhabited by the ethnic tribe of Tamang. The valley also includes some of the famous mountains in the region, Langtang Lirung (7,246m/23,772ft), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m/20,958ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m/22,854ft).

Langtang-Helambu trek can prove to be an adventure-filled cultural tour of Himalaya. The region is famous for its Tibetan influenced Buddhist monasteries, Gosaikunda Lake and apples.

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Note:It is suggested by the officials for the trekkers to be accompanied by a guide during the trek.

Tamang Heritage Trek

tamang heritage trek autumnThe latest addition to the list of wonderful trek trails in Langtang region, Tamang Heritage Trek, gives you the opportunity to behold the rich cultural tradition of the Tamang. Etymologically, Tamang originates from two words in Tibetan language. “Ta” means Horse and “Mang” means Warrior in Tibetan language.

Tamang Heritage Trek offers you to enjoy a mixture of Tamang traditions, beautiful Himalayan Mountains and adventurous trekking experience.

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PICTURES: Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

Visited by thousands and voted as most popular trekking destination in the world by Nat Geo, Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime and will never cease to vanish from your memory. The trail will guide you through stunning Himalayan landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, prayer flags and chortens. You will eventually find yourself among soaring peaks.

Highlights of (South) Everest Base Camp Trek

lukla airport everest base camp

Featured as the most dangerous airport in the world in 2010.

Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing  Hillary Airport is the place where most of the people start to climb Everest Base Camp.


namche bazar everest base camp

Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

Namche Bazar, at an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft) is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Popular among the trekkers, namche is best known for altitude acclimatization.


mount ama dablam everest base camp trek

Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest base camp.

Ama Dablam,which means mother’s necklace is a mountain is the third most popular himalayan peak for expedition in Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 metres (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 metres (20,243 ft).


tenzing norgay memorial everest base camp

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Monument, in namche bazar was inaugurated by Norbu and his brother Jamling in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay’s birth.


Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trek

Tengboche Monastery, situated at 3,867 metres it is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The midway station of the trail to the base camp for the climbers of Mount Everest and other peaks, Tengboche is three days trek from lukla.


mani rimdu everest base camp trek

Mani Rimdu Festival, is filled with dances, prayers and prayers, symbolically represents the historic occasion. Mani Rimdu gives the local Sherpa and Tibetan communities to mingle together with the monks and lamas that live a sacred life at a monastery.

Check out the especially designed itineraries that will mix the thrills of trekking the Everest Base Camp with the satisfaction of witnessing one of the most spectacular Tibetan celebrations.


Chukhung Ri everest base camp

Chukhung Ri is a rocky peak rising above the village of Chukhung to 5,550 metres (18,209 ft). It takes three hours or less to reach the summit from Chukhung and it requires no technical climbing. The summit has astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face.


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Chortens,  is a Buddhist shrine, typically a saint’s tomb or a monument to the Buddha. Chortens and mountains are common sights in Everest Regions.


thukla valley everest base camp

Thukla Valley, considered as heaven on earth, lies between Lobuche and Ghorshep above 15000 feet. What make Thukla so memorable is crossing Thukla pass,  which has dozens of memorials to both Sherpas and mountaineers from all over the world who have lost their lives attempting to summit Everest.


yak caravan ebc trek

Yaks, is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. The Yaks found in  the Everest region are mostly domesticated and are used to transport goods.


Gorak shep everest base campEverest and Nuptse overlook a Gorak Shep lodge.

Gorak Shep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand which sits at its edge at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest and a final stop on the trek to Everest Base Camp.


kalapathar everest base camp Kala Patthar with Pumori in the background

Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock‘ in Nepali , is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest.


Mount everest trek

Mount Everest, the highest point on earth standing tall at  8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Since it first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors Mount Everest has been attracting many climbers, adventure seekers and nature lovers.


everest base camp trek

“South” Everest Base Camp, one of the most popular trekking destination at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft). In 2015, it was noted that about 40,000 people per year take the trek from the Lukla airport to the Nepal Everest Base Camp.


The months between March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek to the Everest Base Camp. The recent earthquakes have initially had some impact in the Everest region. However, things are back to normal now and the affected infrastructures have all been reconstructed.


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Manaslu Accessible for Trekking Again.

Manaslu Region Trek, the best all round trek and a great alternative for Annapurna Circuit takes you to the most remote region of Nepal in comparison to some of the established trekking destinations.

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The two horned mountain is ranked the 8th highest in the world with the height of 8,163 m (26,781 ft) .

Opened for trekkers in 1991, Manaslu still is relatively less explored. What make Manaslu the best all round trek is the high Himalayan passes, ethnic Tibetan villages, with the spectacular views of snow-peaks and campsites.

The case scenario after the April 2015 earthquake.

  • Triggered Landslide
  • As a result the river changed course eastwards
  • The trails at Jagat Gaun in Sirdibash and Yaru Bagar in Kerauja were swept away
  • Villagers and trekkers were forced to use lengthy and dangerous diversions
  • Tourism dired, Villages consequently were cut-off threatening locals livelihood

Manaslu made easier for trekking and locals again

With the financial help of UKaid, the construction of a 195 meter long steel cantilever pathway, said to be the first of its kind in Nepal, has been completed and is expected to ease the journey of northern Gorkha locals and trekkers.

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A cantilever pathway constructed with the British aid, in June 2016. Photo © UKaid

The alternative road was much more difficult and long, now with the construction of the cantilever pathway the routes are more safer and easier. Resulting the obstructed trekking routes to reopen for trekkers and safer routes for locals.


According to the UKaid, around 8,000 locals in eight northern VDCs of the Gorkha district would benefit from the structure.


 Manaslu Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary 

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Arughat (550m/1,804ft), 8-9 hrs drive

Day 4 : Trek to Liding (860m/2820ft), 5 to 6 hours walking

Day 5 : Trek to Korlabesi (970m/3181ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 6 : Trek to Salleri (1,360m/4460ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 7 : Trek to Deng (1,860m/6100ft), 6 – 7 hours walking

Day 8 : Trek to Ghap (2,380m/7806ft), 3 – 4 hours walking

Day 9 : Trek to Lho (3,180m/10430ft), 4 – 5 hours walking

Day 10 : Trek to Samagaon (3,450m/11316ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Day 12 : Trek to Samdo (3,860m/12660ft), 3-4 hours walking

Day 13 : Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14628ft), 3 – 4 hours walking

Day 14 : Cross the Larkya La (5,135m/19842ft), trek to Bimtang (3,590m/11811ft), 7 – 8 hours walking

Day 15 : Trek to Tilje (2,300m/7544ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 16 : Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4690ft), 5 – 6 hours walking

Day 17 : Trek to Syange and drive to Kathmandu (2 to 3 hour walk), 6 – 7 hours driving

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Extreme Adventure in Nepal

Leaving Trekking and Jungle Safaris aside there is much more to do in the small south asian himalayan nation Nepal. So if you are ready to challenge yourself with thrilling adventures than Nepal is forsure a perfect playground.

So let’s not waste any time and explore some of the most heart racing, breathtaking and mind blowing adventurous activities in the beautiful and mystical country Nepal.

Peak Climbing

Home to eight of 14 highest peak in the world, including Everest, the himalayan region of Nepal are in the top priority list of every mountain enthusiastic. Ever since Nepal Mountaineering Association opened access of various small peaks for climbing, mountaineering enthusiasts, amateur and experienced alike, are attracted by Nepal’s challenging peaks.

The increasing popularity of the trekking peaks in Nepal is down to the fact that visitors not only get to trek some of the world’s popular trails, but also experience the thrills of mountaineering.

Some of the popular trekking peaks
  1. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)
  2. Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft)
  3. Pisang Peak (6,092m/19,987ft)
  4. Lobuche East (6,119m/20,070ft
  5. Lobuche West (6135m/20127ft)
  6. Kyajo Ri (6,186 m/20,295ft)
  7. Mt. Cho oyu (8,201m/26,906ft)

Nepal opened its peaks for mountaineers worldwide in 1949. Ever since, it continues to ignite the imagination of mountaineering and climbing enthusiasts worldwide.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking a serious alternative to trekking and another fine way to explore Nepal. Nepal has it all from steep monster ascents (and descent), which require high level fitness, to village to village rambles and downhill rides.

If you are a serious mountain biker then, Nepal will definitely excite you. You can be a part of one of the highest mountain  bike race which also claims to be one of the toughest bike endurance races in the planet earth, YAK ATTACK.

Where can a mountain bike take you in Nepal? Probably Anywhere. You can rent decent bike in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will even find good informations about the route and a well organized group. Whereas if you are planning to bike further afield than Pokhara or Kathmandu, we advice to seek experts and the most up to date map.

Skydiving

Sky Diving a new addition to the adventure of serenity and sensation .

Pokhara Skydiving

The Pokhara Skydive is a eight- day package, that includes 3-2 Solo/Tandem Jumps,  accommodation, sightseeing tours and air and surface transfers. The dives run on a fixed schedule once a year every November.

adventure sports nepal pokhara skydive

Picture © nepal skydive

How much does it Cost?

Solo Skydive Package: USD 5000 Per Person
Tandem Skydive Package: USD 6000 Per Person
Video & Photography: USD 150

For Solo (per jump only)
USD 600

For Tandem (per jump only)
USD 800 per jump (inclusive of video & photography)

Visit: Nepal Skydive – Pokhara for detailed Information.

Everest Skydiving

Everest Skydive will bring you to new heights in the Himalaya.

adventure sports in nepal everest skydive

Picture © Everest-skydive

How much does it Cost?

Solo: Starts from $22,000
Tandem: Starts from $25,000

Jumps are scheduled on specific dates only.

Visit: Nepal Skydive – Everest for detailed Information.

White Water Rafting

The water flowing straight from the himalayas provides some of the most exciting fast flowing  rafting and kayaking in the world. One of the most famous adventure sports in Nepal, White Water Rafting is is accompanied by striking green lush forests and stunning mountain vista.

Rafting Rivers Grades in Nepal

Grade 1-2: Easy: flat water, little current and mild waves

Grade 3: Moderate: waves, swift current and narrow channels. Paddling is mostly physical.

Grade 4-5: Difficult: powerful water, constricted channels, steep drops and the possibility of overturning a raft. Paddling is challenging and at times strenuous.

Grade 6: Very Difficult: most challenging.

Bungee Jumping

Now there are 2 spots where you can bungy in Nepal, The first Bhote Koshi (The Last Resort) and the other one in Pokhara.

Bhote Koshi (The Last Resort)

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Picture © Last Resort Bungy Jump

Located near the border of Nepal and China, the Bhote Koshi bungee is one of the ultimate place of any bungee freaks. At an elevation of 160 m (525 ft), making it the 2nd highest bungee jump site in the world with one of the wildest river raging below. Swing is also an other option !!!

High Ground Pokhara 

Nepal’s first and only tower bungee With a vertical drop of 70 meters and 3 second of freefall.

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Paragliding/ Parahawking

The best time of your life in Air.

Experience the unparalleled scenic as you fly over villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle, while  you share airspace with Himalayan  eagles and kites.

Zip Flyer

With an incline of 56 degree, total length of 1.8 km and a vertical drop of 600 meters, it is the tallest, the longest and the steepest zipline in the whole world.

Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing in Nepal is fairly a new sport  and organized only during winter. The Himalaya facilitates a unique snow skiing experience in the World’s biggest, highest & most outrageous Mountain-range of the World.

Rock Climbing

With commercialization of mountain climbing, Rock climbing is a common form of sports in Nepal and has flourished like anything.

adventure in nepal rock climbing

Nepal provides a wide range of climbing sites for beginners, intermediate and professional climbers.

Ultraflight/ Mountain Flight/Heli Tour

Let your spirit soar to places you have only dreamed off. Imagine a scenic aerial that will take your breath away!

Join the adventure and fun exploring the aerial sightings of snow-capped peaks, gigantic mountains ranges, glaciated passes, quaint village settlements, gorgeous, landscapes and valleys of Nepal. Sit back in comfort and experience exciting airborne explorations of Nepal’s dotted adventure destinations. Nature lovers, holiday makers or adventure enthusiasts, people of any age, shape and sizes are invited!


With unlimited adventure option the listed above adventure are few of the best in Nepal.

So When are you Planning to experience the thrill in the Land of Adventure?

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