Since the tallest mountain in the world, it’s simple to see Everest garners the huge focus it does. Reputation from the colossal shadow of the mountain makes you realize beautiful Mother Nature might be and how little you are. Additionally, but the Himalaya’s surrounding region is a research from the magnificent, a smorgasbord of beautiful valleys, rugged hills and rivers. With more than 30,000 tourists the Everest Base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world.
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Whether it becomes uncomfortably active with all these trekkers on the trail to Base Camp you might wonder. Tea houses along the path are full up, you won’t acquire serene minutes and in peak season the trail is busy and need to be reserved well beforehand. That being said, trekking in peak period surely provides a excellent communal buzz, the best weather and crystal clear mountain vistas.
There are alternate routes to Everest Base Camp which let trekkers escape from the crowds to eliminate the beaten path and find out more of this stunning region. One of these is the Gokyo Lakes trek that, unlike the typical Base Camp trek, gets the benefit of being a round trek. The Gokyo Lakes trek permits you to experience the normal trek whilst seeing the stunning Gokyo Lakes area on your journey although more than the normal trek.
My own journey began using a flight to Lukla’s town that, with a few of the runways in the world, had me sweating. I was put on the ideal hand side of the plane although the people on the left got some excellent views of Everest. Then we spent the day hiking along the Dudh Koshi Valley — a lovely green valley with a river. Into the Bazaar town of Namche we trekked By Phakding. A surprisingly big town for the terrain, Namche was a hive of activity and the marketplace is definitely worth visiting.
North of Namche our team headed towards Gokyo and diverged off the Base Camp trek that was typical. It was only that I realised just how busy the normal trek was. Immediately after deflecting the most important route off the amount of trekkers over the trail went down ten-fold. It was a welcome relief without seeing a trekker as we walked for significant sections. The occasional views of Everest and Lhotse were created even more spectacular without the hustle and bustle of bands stopping to admire the opinion.
Before reaching Gokyo we trekked days up through incredible sceneries of Birch and Rhododendron forests and Juniper Scrub.
Our guide informed us that if the Rhododendrons blossom in April, whole mountain sides turn into awash in colour, providing one of the most amazing sights in the Himalayas.
On the day of the trek we attained the Gokyo Lakes. Shimmering from the September sunshine, the beautiful aquamarine lakes represented the surrounding mountains such as a mirror. Walking with all the lakes can be an experience , especially because you may see the summit of Gokyo Ri looming on the coast of the lake that is third.
We ascended Gokyo Ri and have been rewarded from the area with a few of Everest’s best views. It was that we headed for Dzongla and left the Gokyo Lakes Region. Before reaching Dzongla we crossed over the Cho La Pass — one of the best moves from the Everest Region. The views from the top were amazing and we can see each of the Rolwaling Valley from the west and Ama Dablam.
Where we followed the most Khumbu Glacier after another day trekking we joined up with the normal Base Camp trek route in Pheriche. On day 12 we reached Base Camp. Since the mountain is all consuming although the summit isn’t observable from Base Camp, the size and vastness of all Everest hits you here.
We then trekked back to Namche along. Seeing Everest from the view point in Kala Pathar the following day was one of this trip’s highlights. As was the notorious Khumbu Icefall in the bottom of this mountain, the summit was visible from this point.
The Gokyo Lakes trek would be my first choice and recommendation for anyone thinking of visiting Everest Base Camp although longer. The crowd makes for a much more feeling trek, as does. For me, this route brings the best of both worlds with each other to create one of the best treks in Nepal.
About the author: Burnham Arlidge, destination expert for Kandoo Adventures.