This district is the home to the world’s highest mountain Everest and its famous streams lie in the eastern part of Nepal which makes this best Places to Visit in Solukhumbu. This district covers the area of 3,312 km2. It is popular for the mesmerizing and breathtaking view of the mountains, Buddhist monasteries, unique Sherpa culture, and museums that come along the way. Ethnic groups like Kulung, Kirat, Rai, and Chhetri in hilly and Sherpa peoples occupy the high mountains.
This district is located between Lat. 27°20’39” to 28°6’24” North and Long. 86°0’21” to 87°0’1″ East. The highest elevation of the district is 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) (Mt. Everest), and the lowest elevation is 600 meters (2,000 ft) (Tuintar) above sea level. This district is circled by Sankhuwasabha in the east, Bhojpur in the south-east, Khotang, and Okhaldhunga in the south, Bagmati Pradesh in west and Tibet (China) in the north.
These are amazing Places to Visit in Solukhumbu.
1. Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp (EBC) is standing at the altitude of 5,364 meters encircled with the most iconic peak on earth. 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 a mesmerizing view of three peaks i.e., Everest, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar.
2. Tengboche Monastery
Located at the highest point (2,867 m) on Earth at the convergence of two rivers: Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi, it is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastries. This monastery is also called Dawa Choling Gompa or Thyangboche Monastery. With a beautiful ambiance, it is also 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”. it was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu and again rebuilt in 1989.
3. Gokyo Lakes
This lake is oligotrophic lakes in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake comparison six main lakes, where Thonak Lake is largest. In September 2007, this lake covering 7,770 ha. has been designated a Ramsar site.
With tranquil lakes and mesmerizing views of mountains, a visit to Gokyo Lake offers you a beautiful view 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
Khumbu Glacier is located in the north-east between Everest and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. It is the highest glacier in the world ranging from 4900m to 7800m. The glacier cultivates down off the Lhotse Face between 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. The Khumbu Glacier is followed for the final part of the Everest Base Camp trail.
5. Explore Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is the gateway to Everest, which offers outstanding views of the mountains across the valley. Namche Bazar is nested at the altitude of 3,440 meters. Here, one can study 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 the Sherpa people. Namche is also the main trading center for the Khumbu region with many government offices, police checkpoints, banks, and even salons.
6. Lukla Airport
Lukla Airport (2,860 m) is one of the scariest and dangerous airports around the world. Because its runway is very short and steep airstrip, often compounded by bad weather, resulting in several fatal accidents. In the year 1965, the airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary. During the peak season, the airlines operate over 40 flights a day. At the same time, it offers the most beautiful and scenic view of the mountains.
7. Climb up to Kalapattar
The meaning of Kala Patthar is “black Rock” is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori. Kalapatthar is popular for outstanding viewpoint for Everest, it offers the most spectacular close-up view of the Mount Everest. Due to the structure of Sagarmatha Massif, the summit is blocked by Mt. Nuptse from many places. But from Kalapathar you can view the mesmerizing view of Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse. 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
Chukung valley is sitting at a height of 4,730 m. This small settlement is a lodge village is assisting trekkers and climbers in the Khumbu region of Nepal in southern Himalayas of Everest. The valley lies on the southern slope of Lhotse and Nuptse by Lho Glacier and Nup Glacier and western slope by Cho Polu and Baruntse by Imja Glacier and northern by Ama Dablam Glacier and Chukhub glacier. This is traditionally used as pasture land for yak and no permanent habitation.
This valley offers you the mesmerizing view of panoramic small peak like Chhukung Ri, Amadablam and Peak 38 and the other Himalayas surrounds you.
9. Chheplung Village
Chheplung village is great moel for hoe trial is going to be until one enters National Parks, lodges with monotony broken by teashops. This village is an entry point for those tourists who are beginning their trek to Mount Everest. Visit Rangdo Gompa perched [recariously next to reck wall here.
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