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10 Things to Do in Solukhumbu

Solukhumbu, the home to Mount Everest and its famous streams lies in the eastern part of Nepal. It is popular for the mesmerizing and breath taking view of the mountains, Buddhist monasteries, unique Sherpa culture and museums that come along the way.

Here are 10 things you can do during your stay in Solukhumbu

1. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek offers the best experience to the trekkers as it spreads through hospitable and warm Sherpa villages, Sagarmatha National Park, amazingly rich biodiversity and some oldest Buddhist monasteries. It also offers mesmerizing view of three peaks i.e., Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar.

2. Tengboche Monastery

Located at the highest point on Earth at the convergence of two rivers: Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi, it is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastries. With a beautiful ambience, it is also considered as one of the most important religious Buddhist sites. The Monastery area is surrounded by ancient stone walls inscribed with the divine Buddhist mantra of “Om Mani Padme Hum”.

3. Gokyo Lakes

With serene lakes and mesmerizing view of mountains, a visit to Gokyo Lake offers you the beautiful ambience while awarding the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in front of your eyes. While on your way to Gokyo Lake, you can also stop at Gokyo Rai which offers you the best viewpoint.

4. Explore Khumbu Glacier

It is the highest glacier in the world ranging from 4900m to 7800m. The glacier cultivates down off the Lhotse Face between the Everest and Nuptse. However, one needs to be careful while climbing the glacier, as one can be swallowed by the icefall that can take you to hundreds of feet deep down.

5. Explore Namche Bazar

Also known as the gateway to Everest region, it offers outstanding views of the mountains across the valley. Here, one can study about the culture and lifestyle of Sherpas and shop for amenities and other Chinese export quality products. You can also visit the famous Sherpa Museum to know about the history of Sherpa people .

6. Lukla Airport

Lukla Airport is considered to be one of the most scariest and dangerous airport around the world. In the year 1965, the airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary. During the peak season, the airlines operate over 50 flights a day. At the same time, it offers the most beautiful and scenic view of the mountains.

7. Climb up to Kalapattar

Recognized as one of the outstanding viewpoint for Everest, it offers the most spectacular close-up view of the Mount Everest. You can also get the amazing sunrise view after you reach the peak before the dawn while standing right in front of the Mount Everest.

8. Chhukung Valley

Chhukung Valley offers the scenic views of small peaks like Chhukung Ri, Amadablam and Peak 38 and other Himalayas that surrounds you. It is a lodge village that serves climbers in the Khumbu region.

9. Thukla Pass

Thukla pass is known for memorials of all the mountaineers around the world who lost their lives while climbing the Mount Everest. You can witness the monuments of some famous climbers such as Babuchhiri Sherpa, Scott Fisher and many more.

10.Village Chheplung

Chheplung is a small village in the Khumbu region. The village is the entry point for those beginning their trek to the Mount Everest. In the village, there is a monastery with different gomba hands and prayer walls which is worth a visit.

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Written by Rashmi Lohia

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