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Everest Base Camp Trek
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1. Phakding Buddhist prayer inscriptions
On the first day of hiking you trek towards the village of Phakding. The trek is fairly easy as it’s mainly downhill. Near the small village of Ghat you there are some large boulders with amazingly clear Buddhist prayer inscriptions carved into the side of them. Near the river you should also look out for the Buddhist prayer stone sculptures that are sometimes seen. Guides are happy for you to sit down and attempt one for yourself!
2. Village and Monastery of Thami
After trekking through the town of Namche with its lovely local market offering up all kinds of strange and wonderful things, you begin your trek to Thami. The small village of Thami is notable for producing high quality Sherpas. Most notable among these are Apa Sherpa who holds the record for summiting Everest 21 times! Norgay Tenzing, the first man to summit Everest with Hillary, was also born in the village of Thami. When you’re there try to visit the Thami Monastery that sits above the village, this is one of the oldest monasteries in the region.
3. The Sir Edmund Hillary School
After Thami you will trek towards the village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961. The first project for the Himalaya Trust, the school initially had only two rooms and catered for a few children. The school now has over 350 students and is continuing to grow. Whilst you’re there you can learn all about Sir Edmund’s other projects, including the Kunde Hospital just outside of Namche.
4. Tengboche Monastery
From the school you will trek to the tiny village of Tengboche. Here lies the famous Tengboche monastery - the largest monastery within the Khumbu region. Draped in a backdrop of stunning mountain peaks, including Everest, Nupse and Lohtse, the monastery was constructed in 1916 by Lama Gulu. This a truly authentic Buddhist monastery and a great place to visit.
5. Kala Patthar
On the final day before you enter Everest Base Camp make sure you climb up to Kala Patthar. At 18,000 feet, the small peak gives you a fantastic close up view of Mount Everest! Ideal for any photographers looking to get some great shots. Everest's peak cannot be seen from Base Camp, so Kala Patthar is your best opportunity for this[http://www.trekkinginnepal.org/kala-patthar-trek/].
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