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Sagarmatha National Park – a Himalayan odyssey

One of the two natural world heritage sites in Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park holds its own when it comes to an abundance of bio-diversity and Himalayan grandeur. Here, some of the highest mountains in the world lining up to form an unprecedented majesty of a snow-capped tapestry. Home to the highest mountain on Earth- the Mt. Everest (8848m), the national park also houses the Himalayas like Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8414m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) among others.

Gokyo Lake to the northwest of Sagarmatha National Park
Lose Yourself at the serene Gokyo Lake

Specials within nature’s marvel- Sagarmatha National Park

Spread across the vast span of the Sagarmatha National Park, there is a plethora of natural and cultural heritage. Housing the guardians of the Himalayas- Sherpas, the Sagarmatha National Park is speckled with numerous settlements. Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Gokyo, and Thame are but a few villages that showcase the unique culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa community. Similarly, Tengboche, Pangboche, Nangkartshang, and Thame monasteries are the religious hubs of the entire Everest region. While ample reserves of culture and traditions adorn the Sagarmatha National Park, the prayer flags, Mani walls, and chortens add plenty pinches of charm.

Gorakshep to the north of Sagarmatha National Park
The legend of Himalayan glory at seen from Gorakshep

Speaking of natural magnificence, the national park is second to none. Glaciers, Lakes, Rivers, Himalayas, Icefalls; you name it and the park has it all! Moreover, Khumbu Glacier and Ngozumpa Glacier are the largest glaciers in the region. Similarly, Bhote Koshi and Imja rivers irrigate the national park and its lush rhododendron forests. The Gokyo Lake system is also one of the highest altitude lake systems in the world. The national park also sports some of the highest passes in the world including Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m). Kalapatthar and the Everest Base Camp are the highlights within the premise of the national park.

Travel Options

Such towering array of mountains and enticing trails create for uncountable permutations of traveling options. Treks, Peak Climbing, and Expeditions are the popular options within the Sagarmatha National Park. Everest Base Camp Trek, Three Passes Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek are the famous treks in the park. Similarly, Island Peak (6189m), Lobuche Peak (6119m), and Gokyo Ri (5360m) are the popular peak climbing ventures whereas, Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Nuptse (7861m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are the marquee expeditions.

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