Attraction at Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
1. Everest Base Camp
If you want to make it all the way to the base camp, you have to start from one of the most dangerous airports in the world: Lukla Airport. Despite this nerve-rattling fact, the two-week trek to the Everest Base Camp is a major cynosure for people from all over the globe. It is now one of the most famous trekking routes with over 30,000 visitors annually.
2. Gokyo lakes and valley
Comprising of a total of six lakes, Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system and are located at an altitude of approximately 4,700 – 5,000 meters above sea level. The Gokyo village at around 4,790 meters is also a major cynosure for the tourists. Many Hindus and Buddhists consider the lakes sanctified. A handful of Hindus take bath in the lakes during Janai Purnima.
3. Island peak climb
Island peak is one
of the most prominent trekking peaks in Nepal, and it is a great match for both
amateur and experienced climbers. The ultimate destination is exciting, leading
to the heart of the Khumbu Valley and cultural sites like Pangboche, Tengboche,
and Namche Bazar.
facilities and the ideal time for tourists
The perfectly suited
timing to visit is during the months of October, November, March, April, and
May. The national park experiences rainfall during the summer season of June to
September while heavy snowfall and the temperature dropping below 0 degree
Celsius is common from December to February.
facilities are quite decent. Resorts, small lodges, tea houses, and camping
accommodations are readily available. Most of the main trekking routes like
Namche Bazar, Thyangboche, and Lobuche feature lodges with food options on the
way. Animal sacrifice in the park is restricted, so foods are primarily grain
and vegetable based. 3G mobile connection and WiFi are common in lodges and tea
houses, even at the higher altitudes.
One factor that
could pose difficulty for prospective visitors is the park’s location. It is
situated in a remote location that is inaccessible by roadways. One way to
reach there is to travel by air from Kathmandu to Lukla and then walk for a
couple of days. The alternative way is to fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and
trek for around 10 days to reach the park.
Problems in the region
While the increase in the number of visitors annually is a blessing for the local economy, the degradation of the region’s ecology and cultural traditions is also aggravating. The land is being cleared to construct extra trails and resort in order to provide extra accommodation to the tourists.
In addition, the increase of non-biodegradable wastes such as plastics and glasses is another sign of worry. Deforestation is also turning out to be a serious problem in the Khumbu region. In the Sagarmatha National Park, tourists use firewood to stay warm and cook food. This further leads to loss of habits of wildlife and also natural fiascos such as soil erosion and landslide.
Author: Saurab Pandey