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Backpacking / Trekking in Everest Transverse Trek, Lukla, Nepal
The incredible trek starts from Lukla, a small town located in the Khumbu area, or else the Everest Region, on the north-east Nepal. Lukla is approached only by plane from Kathmandu and the flight is one of the most dramatic air routes in the world. This place is the gateway to Mount Everest where all visitors and groups gather and prepare for an one in a lifetime expedition.
Once you begin your ascent onto the very well marked trails, it will take you about two days to reach the village of Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 11280 ft/3440 m as you will hike through Sagarmatha National Park , suspension bridges, dense pine forests and over the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. This is the first stop for familiarization with high altitude setting and a great opportunity to rest and admire the Tibetan way of life and culture.
The trail continues onto Tengboche and reaches Dingboche and Chhukung on an altitude of 15580 ft/4750 m while the views of Mount Everest and the surrounding summits of the magnificent Himalaya take your breath away. The scenery slowly changes as you enter the alpine zone and you now hike through glaciers and icy lakes. From there, the trail leads you at the Kongma La and the Everest Base Camp, the highest altitude of this hike at 18159 ft/5535 m high, where you will spend the night before you start your hike in lower grounds.
The Everest Transverse Trek is among the best trekking routes in Everest region, including three of the world’s highest and most impressive passes, steep ascents, rivers and lakes, Buddhist monasteries, remote villages and overwhelming views of the unbelievable mountain range of Everest, admired by many but conquered by few. Be very well prepared in regard to gear, because the weather conditions are unpredictable in such heights, including extreme heat as well as extreme cold, rain and snow. Good hiking boots, a hat plus sunglasses and sunscreen, warm clothing, a good sleeping bag as well as a camera are essentials.