What comes to your mind when you think about Trekking in Nepal? Nepal is the country of contrast, as you can find the abode of the living goddess, Kumari, and temples in every corner. Nepal is a piece of paradise full of natural beauty and diverse culture and landscape. Hiking through the trail, enjoying the tranquility of nature, adventure in the wilderness, picturesque scenery, and many more. Nepal is a natural heaven for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
For many people who think of trekking in Nepal, the first thing in their mind is Everest Base Camp Trekking. Hiking through the trails of Everest, passing the small settlements of Sherpa decorated with fluttering prayer flags, passing the alpine forest, experiencing the nomad culture of Buddhism, crossing the Khumbu glacier, and finally reaching the foothills of the highest peak on the planet, Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), is a once in a lifetime experience. The trekking trail of Everest Base Camp Trekking is full of adventure, and thrill and once you finish this amazing trek, you will have your own tail to say to your friends and family.
Although Trekking to the Base Camp of Everest for many, this part receives way lot more travelers than other trekking routes in Nepal, making the trail chaotic during the peak season. Many travelers who choose solo trekking over guided trekking to the Everest Base camp find it difficult to manage accommodation as all the tea houses and guest houses are overbooked and a very small place to accommodate the large number of visitors making their way to base camp. If you are not familiar with the locals finding accommodation for the overnight stay will be a daunting task due to communication problems and overbooked teahouses.
Porters Carrying Luggage in Everest Region
If you are dreaming of trekking to the crowd-free trekking routes in Nepal, then Everest Base Camp Trekking is not a favorable choice for you. However, there are many alternatives you can choose for trekking in Nepal besides Everest. Some of the most popular trekking routes fully loaded with natural beauty, and awe-inspiring sceneries are trekking in Annapurna Region or Dolpo Region. Besides this are also many virgin places that are yet to be discovered in Nepal. Trekking in such a part of Nepal will be a totally new experience for you.
Nepal is promoting its new slogan as “Naturally Nepal” because of the abundance of Natural Beauty scattered all around this beautiful country tugged in the Himalayas. Nepal is the home to the world's highest peak Everest standing at an elevation of 8848.86 meters (29031.69 ft.); which is the new height of Mount Everest (Chomolungma); according to the latest survey done jointly by Nepal and China. Moreover, Nepal is also known as the country of contrast as this country encompasses the world's highest peak to the deepest George - Kaligandaki, with a distance of 325 KM.
Why Choose an Alternative to Everest Base Camp Trekking?
Everest Base Camp trekking is one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal which receives more than 30, 000 travelers from all around the globe; who travel this region just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Himalayas over 8,000 meters high including the mighty peak of Mount Everest. This trekking features an excellent trekking trail, cozy guesthouses, and an unparallel view of the Himalayas, nature mixed with the rich flavors of Sherpa tradition. This region is also the home to the mountain climbing heroes, Sherpa; so, hiking through this trail you will be the part to explore the small Sherpa settlement decorated with fluttering players' flags, get the test of Buddhism while praying in some of the oldest monasteries, explore the rear vegetation and finally reach the base camp to catch glimpse of the bewitching beauty of the planet heights peak Everest.
Beautiful Perspective of Mount Ama Dablam
Although this region is full of adventure and thrill, many people are searching for an alternative because of the huge crowd and potential risk for novice trekkers. For many Everest Base Camp, trekking is the dream however, they want to get most of the trekking by taking a detour. Travelers want to enjoy the taste of the off-the-beaten trail while exploring the beauty of the undeveloped part of Nepal, which the travelers miss in the standard trekking route to Everest Base Camp.
The other reason for choosing a complete alternative to Everest Trekking is the high budget rate of this region. Although the number of days is similar, trekking in this part of Nepal costs higher because of the geographical condition. The transportation rate in the Everest Region is high as compared to the other trekking destination. Henceforth, a high budget is a crucial factor for people searching for an alternative to Everest Trek.
Everest Base Camp is situated at an elevation of 5364 meters. Hiking in such a high-altitude region is a challenge for novice trekkers who don’t have any experience in hiking or trekking. Although the standard trekking trail to Everest requires a moderate fitness level. However, many trekkers find it difficult to hike because of the high altitude. And they don’t want to take risk of traveling to such a location which has a potential risk to their life. Such travelers go for an alternative trekking trail to Everest Trek.
What is the alternative to Everest Base Camp Trekking?
When it comes to the Alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trekking; there are many possible trekking alternatives you can find in the same region as well as the different regions. Many travelers want an alternative in the same region as they want to get off the beaten trail and see the underdeveloped part of Nepal by making a detour from the standard trekking route. Whereas other people want to discover another part of Nepal besides Everest Base Camp. As Nepal provides hundreds of trekking routes, choosing the alternative will not be a hustle if you are clear about what you want from the hiking.
After going thoroughly with the needs and vision of travelers, the Himalayan Scenery Trek and Expedition have made a list of alternative trekking destinations within and outside of the Everest region. All these trekking destinations will help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Alternative Trekking Destination of standard EBC Trekking in the Everest Region
People Crossing the Suspension Bridge
Everest Region is the trekking milestone for every travel enthusiast willing to experience the wild adventure in the fantastic array of snow giants. This region encompasses some of the highest mountain peaks over 8000 meters including Mount Everest (8848 meters/ 29029 Feet). Thousand of tourist who has visited this magical land has even described the experience as a journey close to Nirvana. Apart from its world-class hiking trails and snow towering mountains, Everest Region is also famous for the kind of Hospitality of Sherpa. Spending a significant amount of time in the vicinity of Everest will surely make you feel that it's a piece of Heaven on Earth.
Three High Pass and Everest Base Camp Trek
Combining three high passes with the Everest Base Camp trekking is the best trekking alternative you will come across to Everest Base Camp Trek. This incredible trekking route challenges you to cross three high passes over a 5000-meter high in Everest Region. Crossing these passes will reward you with splendid panoramic views of the Himalayas including Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m), and Everest (8,850 m).
Himalayan Panorama See During Three High Pass Trekking
The combination of three high pass trekking in your EBC trekking is similar to the standard trekking route as this trekking also begins from Lukla; however, the trekking trail diverges from the standard route to Namche and follows the Bhote Koshi canyon for some days to come across the first pass of the Trekking i.e., Renjo La Pass (5360 meters). Crossing the pass, you descend to the beautiful Gokyo valley. Followed by the rest day, where you can climb Gokyo Ri which offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding.
After the Gokyo, the trail moves ahead of Ngozumpa Glacier (one of the largest in the Himalayas) and crosses the Chola pass (5400 meters). From this pass, you can have the most beautiful perspective of Mount Ama Dablam. From here the route descends to the Everest Base Camp and again deviates from the normal route to cross over Kongma La Pass (5535 Meters) finally merging into the standard trekking trail at Tengboche and Namche.
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Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Pass Trek
Gokyo Valley and Renjo la pass trekking is the shorter alternative of Three high pass trekking as it does not go all the way to Everest base camp. Although this trek is one of the best alternative trekking to Everest Base camp in the Everest region, the trail is rich in natural beauty while providing a beautiful perspective of Mount Everest.
Yak Diving in the Gokyo Lake
The trekking follows the standard trekking trail from Lukla to Namche and then diverges to high terrain to Dole and Macchermo. The trekking trails ascend to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier and then follow the lateral moraine of the glacier to finally arrive at the beautiful Gokyo valley with its six lakes. Followed by the rest day where you can climb up to the Gokyo Ri to have a beautiful surrounding view surrounded by some of the magnificent Himalayan panoramas. The setting of the peak Pharilapche (6017m) rising above the pristine blue water of Dudh Pokhari is the real beauty of nature.
After enjoying this legendary beauty of the Gokyo valley, the trail moves ahead to cross the Renjo La (5360 meters) and follows the canyon of Bhote Koshi for some days to finally merge at Namche Bazaar. While Crossing the Renjo La, you will be awarded the magnificent Himalayan panorama of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m), and Everest (8,850m), which are the major highlight of Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Trekking.
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Jiri To Everest Base Camp Trek
If you want to skip the Lukla Flight and want to take a road trip to the Everest base camp trek, Jiri to EBC trek is for you. This legendary trekking trail consists of an 8 – 10 hours drive to the beautiful settlement of Jiri from where we commence on Everest Base Camp trekking.
On The Way to Everest Base Camp
Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking provides the reflection of two-part of Nepal. Apart from the beauty, this part of the trekking trail receives very few trekkers, so the trails are empty giving you the opportunity to enjoy the unobstructed nature. The trekking elevation is not so harsh on you however the ascend to Lukla is considered quite challenging. Trekking on this trail you cross numerous valleys, and hills, ascending and descending regularly below the Himalayan ranges to arrive at Lukla. From here, the trekking trail follows the standard trekking route to Everest Base Camp.
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Alternative Trekking Route of Everest Base Camp in Different Regions of Nepal
There are many alternatives Nepal has to offer beyond Everest Base Camp Trekking. These alternative trekking destinations are so much splendid and exciting, that they will surely stick to your mind for a very long time. If you want a thrilling adventure then going peak climbing or adventure trekking to some of the off-beaten trails will be best. However, if you don’t want potential risk and have a lower budget yet want to experience the true magnificence of Nature without compromising the adventure and fun, going on the camping trek under the blue sky will be best for you. Camping trips are packed will adventure, and thrill. Cooking under the blue sky and staying in a tent in the middle of an isolated place will be the best adventure you can come across in your entire life.
Here are some of the Alternative trekking destinations apart from Everest Base camp;
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit trekking is also popular as the round Annapurna trek is the most popular trekking in the Annapurna region. Trekking is the best alternative for those travel enthusiasts who want to experience and thrill at the same time while hiking in the shadows of the beautiful Annapurna range.
Himalayan Yak on ABC Circuit Trek
This challenging Annapurna Circuit trek begins at a low altitude and reaches all the way up to 5416 meters above sea level. The major highlight of trekking in this part is crossing the Throng La pass. From here the trail follows the lowland of Manang valley and traverses through the deepest George of Kali Gandaki to explore the magnificent Himalayan ranges and diverse ecology of the region. The trek can also be extended to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world.
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Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lake Trek
Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lake trek is a mixture of two beautiful trekking areas in the Langtang Region. It is one of the best alternative trekking routes to Everest Base Camp trekking which combines the Langtang Valley trek with Gosaikunda in one go. Trekking is the hidden gem of the Himalayas providing you with an incredible trekking experience in Nepal.
Langtang Valley Nestled Below The Himalaya
Commencing the trekking journey from Syabrushi, this trekking adventure takes you to the hidden Langtang valley to experience the lost Nepalese tradition. This region was vastly devasted by the earthquake in the year 2015. Traversing through the trail of the Langtang region, you will hike through Kyanging Ri of the Langtang and reach the Gosaikunda lake via Lauri Binayak Pass which stands at an elevation of 4000 meters above sea level. This beautiful Himalayan trekking trip is an insightful trip about culture, spiritual vibes, magnificent views, nature, and flora and fauna in the region.
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Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a substitute noticeable journeying objective in the Manaslu area. It is an "untouched" characteristic paradise traveling in Nepal and set on the periphery among Nepal and Tibet, it was definitively opened as a big business walking trip for the traveler in 1992. Manaslu Circuit journey is thought about a champion among the most testing journey in Manaslu locale and it compensates the running with an unrivaled snow-covered experience and very less proportion of travelers went to in Manaslu Circuit journey over time because of Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the restricted journeying trails of Nepal, obliges phenomenal journey.
Hiking on the Trails of Manaslu
Manaslu circuit Treks offers the ideal combination of rich social heritage, incredible Himalayan, and the fascinating Tibetan culture with its rich mountain natural contrasts; people are uncommonly genuine and good with their guests.
Manaslu at 8153m is the eighth-most essential peak on earth and named Manaslu suggests "The Spirit-Mountain" in the close by the tongue, insinuating the benevolent strong god, which remains inside. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a champion among the most wonderful ventures, if you may need to example the two boundaries of the traveling information in Nepal, and genuinely need to perceive what all the enthusiasm is probably to the extent the most stunning mountain scenery on earth, at that point look not any more far off than the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trip is most likely an exceptional elective to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
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Besides trekking and hiking, there are several adventure activities to do at Everest Base Camp. If you have a short time in Hand you can go for a Helicopter Tour around Everest Base Camp, which is a luxurious way to witness the magnificence of Everest without a day of trekking. Also, you can go Cycling and Mountain Biking, if you wish for an adrenaline rush with adventure. You can also go for other adventure activities in Nepal, to challenge yourself.
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