Different ways to see the Everest
Are you a nature, landscape lover whose dream is to witness the roof the world, Everest?
Do you like to hike, the world’s popular hike with stunning view of the Everest?
Do you wish to see the Everest in a day and breathe the air from Everest spending little extra?
Or Are you comfortable observing the Everest from the distance with fixed wings planes?
You come to the right place because here we are discussing about different ways to see the Everest.
Quenching the thirst of observing the roof of the world and surroundings
Every adventure lover has a dream to reach the roof of the world once in their life time. The mount Everest equally popular by the name roof the world as it is the highest point in the world. Actually that is the mountain made out of limestone deposit and stands at an elevation of 8,848 meters above sea level. Everest is one of the major attractions to the outsiders as well as popular destination to the neighbors. Different types of activities are concentrated nearby Everest and huge manpower is engaged to organize, accompany and accomplish these types of activities or attractions. I am focusing specially in different type of ways one can approach to Everest.
Where the Everest lies
Everest is the bordering mountain and located in between Nepal and Tibet. Tibet is autonomous region belongs to China. The peak belongs to Nepal but the permit to climb Everest from northern face is issued from Chinese authority. It is expensive to summit this mountain from both sides. The price to climb goes as high as from 35.000 USD to 50,000 USD per person depending with season, route and number of people in the group.
Different types of approach to observe the unbelievable beauty of this mountain and surrounding area can be carried out considering the interest, physical condition, timeframe and season. Following are the ways to reach nearby this peak.
Driving or Overland service
Practically you cannot go near the Everest in Nepal side by driving or overland, but in Tibet side Chinese has made road all the way to Everest north base camp. There is a bifurcation from highway that runs from Shigatse to Kerung or Zamgmu. The road is recently blacktopped and partially gets disturbed in the winter time with the accumulation of huge amount of snow in the high passes. One need to get a special permit to enter the area as it is considered part of the national park. Sleeping arrangement near by the base camp is also organized for the interested parties. Most of the people stop at Rongbook monastery if they want to stay overnight there. Driving on Nepal side is mainly on a rough road and it is not all the way to Base camp. About the week walking below the base camp one can reach with four wheel drives. There are some viewpoints one might see the Everest in distance. Nearby Kathmandu a small village called Nagarkot one can see just the top of Everest in a very clear weather condition. Weather needs to be very good even just to see the top of the Everest but many other smaller snowcapped peaks are visible from Nagarkot.
Trekking is the best way to observe Everest and whole Everest range in Nepal. One can take a flight in small airplanes from Kathmandu to Lukla and walk about a week to reach the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base camp in Nepal side is located at an elevation of 5,350 m. above sea level. The fight takes about 25 minutes to reach Lukla and walking about 6-8 hours every day one can easily reach Base camp. The typical itineraries include few extra days for acclimatization which is very important otherwise people might suffer from acute mountain sickness. Even from the second day of Hiking Everest is visible in the distance. As people go higher the angle and perspective keeps changing. The Everest is visible from the different villages along the trail. The traditional trek or for people who does not like to take a flight can start walking from Jiri, a village located about 200 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It takes about three weeks to make the round trip. Twin sharing comfortable clean guest houses are available on the way. The foods served are simple and fresh. One supposed to eat at the same guest house where they accommodate. In climbing season there are lots of people sleeping in tents even in Base camps but the hikers sleep in guest houses in the last village of Gorakshep. One can make a hike to Kalapathhar which is located at an elevation of 5,550 meter above sea level and observe the spectacular view of Everest and many other peaks around. All foreigners required to pay a national park entry fee and local government also collect fee to enter the area. If somebody wants to go beyond the base camps a climbing permit to the mountain is necessary. Different types of flora and fauna also observed during the hike. You can check our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary here.
Everest flight by chopper
For people with limited time frame and who does not like to walk that long days to reach the Base Camp, an excellent alternative to Everest Base Camp is taking a helicopter to observe the world’s tallest mountain. Helicopter trip to base camp starts from Kathmandu and takes around an hour and half to reach the Everest base camp. Helicopter flies over the Base camp and lands at Kalapathhar to have the stunning view of the mountain. As the helicopter lands one can come out to observe the view of whole range and take some nice photo and video. Returning journey from base camp one can stop at Everest View Hotel and have a breakfast in a terrace of the hotel with view of the Everest. One can observe the villages, terraces and different type of topography during the flight in chopper from Kathmandu and returning journey. Feel free to read in detail about helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp with landing.
Everest by fixed wings planes
The more pocket friendly choice to see the Everest is taking the mountain flight by plane. The flight departs from Kathmandu early in the morning and takes to see the Everest. From these fixed wings planes as they go as near as eight nautical miles of distance from Everest one can observe the Everest in quiet a considerable distance and make good pictures from window. The flight is totally weather dependent. Sometime during the fight you can see the blankets of clouds underneath but still the snowcapped peaks are raised above that blanket of clouds. The shared airplanes can carry up to 48 passengers and smallest type carries 19 passengers with guaranteed window for every passenger. Our Everest experience flight discusses the matters more deeply.
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