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Everest Base Camp:

The trek to Everest Base Camp is without doubt one of the most famous in the world. It takes you into the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya, with awe-inspiring views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains.
This is an unforgettable expedition into the most mountainous corner of the world, the Nepalese Himalayas. Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers and on this challenging expedition, you will head towards the Everest base camp. Explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, while learning about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpa, also spending time in exotic Kathmandu.

Mt. Everest, so called after the first person to record its height, Sir George Everest, translates in Nepalese and Tibetan as "Goddess in the Sky" and "Mother Goddess of the Universe", demonstrating the immense respect and reverence that the locals have for this awesome mountain. It is 29,029 feet high but it rises a few centimetres each year due to the huge geological forces acting on it. It is situated on the awesome Himalayan mountain range which borders Nepal and Tibet. Positioned at 17,500ft (5,400m) high a trek to Everest's base camp is by no means an easy feat.

Before you head on to Everest Base Camp, you may wish to consider the following warning from Jagged Globe below:

To get the most out of your expedition or trek, you will need to be fit and healthy. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important. As an indication, you should be able to walk 8km/5 miles with a height gain of 600m/2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 21/2 hours or less. This assumes a reasonable trail is followed at low altitude, such as in the UK or below 3,000m. An example would be an ascent of Snowdon by the Pyg Track from Pen-y-Pass (730m/2,400ft of ascent over 5km/3 miles) with a 10kg rucksack in 2 hours 15 minutes. For any expedition or trek, you should be able to better this, and be able to repeat it over several consecutive days.

On the way to the Everest base camp, you will come across various interesting landmarks and Namche Bazaar is one of them. It is a village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Namche is located at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft.) (the low point that is), populating the sides of a hill. From the bridge over the Dudh Kosi, the trail winds its way up a "big" hill, finally cresting at a small building which also serves as an army/police check point. Almost everyone trekking in the Khumbu region will visit Namche Bazaar, as it is the gateway to the high Himalaya. Visitors are likely stay at least one night, if not two for altitude acclimatization. The village has many shops and lodges where one can find almost anything required for trekking (no camera repair shops), although prices are higher than in Kathmandu. However, the higher you go up into the Khumbu, the more expensive everything gets so by the time you reach Lobuche (4,930m/16,175'), the prices in Namche will seem quite reasonable. Namche is the main trading center for the Khumbu region so there are many Nepalese officials, a police check post and a bank. Near the top of the village is the headquarters for Sagarmatha National Park as well as Nepalese army barracks. Immediately west of Namche is Kongde Ri at 6,187 metres (20,298 ft.) and to the east is Thamserku at 6,623 metres (21,729 ft.).

You may wish to visit some of the websites listed below for further information:

Adventure sports holidays

Lonely Planet

Wiki on Namche Bazaar

Adventure Alternative

Jagged Globe

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