Mount Everest has long drawn people from all over the world to the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. First climbed in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, the mountain has now become one of the world’s best and most popular trekking destinations, and every year thousand of international visitors come to Nepal to trek in the Everest region. There are many trekking trails in the region – some that go directly up to Mount Everest Base Camp while others hike over passes to take in the magnificent mountain scenery from a different angle.
The Everest region’s trekking trails are well maintained, and picturesque Sherpa villages line the trails and offer comfortable lodging – and even apple pie! Colorful prayer flags decorate the landscape, and Buddhist monuments – from the stone stupas to walls of prayer wheels, or manis – welcome trekkers to high villages. Trekking trails in the region go from lush green forests to barren heights and high passes, across valleys and through vibrant Sherpa villages all the way up to the base of the highest mountain in on Earth. Stunning scenery, charming Sherpa villages, and the chance to visit the highest mountain in the world should make trekking in the Everest region a must-do on every adventurer’s bucket list.
Everest Region post Earthquake
On April 25th, 2015, Nepal was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that caused massive damage to fourteen districts. Magnitude 5 to 7.3 aftershocks continued to cause further destruction in those same areas for a few weeks after. Despite all the damage, much of Nepal’s tourist infrastructure was intact and the country was ready to receive tourists that did not come in the fall of 2015.
The Everest region also suffered slightly due to the earthquake, particularly at lower regions. While major settlements such as Lukla and Namche Bazaar saw little damage, but the avalanche swept over the tent city at the Everest Base Camp on 25 April killing trekkers and guides – the deadliest mountaineering disaster in Everest’s history. A Nepal Mountaineering Association report on 28 April listed 19 deaths, of which 10 were identified as Nepalese Sherpas and five were foreign climbers. Four were not identified by name. The five climbers were listed as two Americans, one Chinese, one Australian and one Japanese. On 27 April, National Geographic reported 24 deaths.
However in most villages of Solukhumbu, buildings escaped with only minor cracks and a post-quake survey by an internationally acclaimed US-based structural engineering firm Miyamoto International specialist engineers found little serious structural damage to either buildings or trekking trails.
News Report on The Himalayan Times
While the earthquake was devastating for Nepal, the loss of tourism revenue over the next year due to bad press and a political gas crisis were much more severe and cost the country almost four times as much in GDP earnings. Now more than ever Nepal is ready for tourists – and needs them in fact. All popular trekking trails in the Annapurna and Upper Mustang regions were largely unaffected: any damage to the trails has been repaired and the bridges checked. Trails in the Everest region were long ago repaired. All trekking routes in the Annapurna and Everest region are open for trekking. Manaslu and Langtang were the last trekking areas to re-open, as they were the hardest hit. Extensive repairs have been underway in the region, and the Manaslu is said to be even better post-reconstruction. In Langtang, some villages and trail sections are still undergoing repairs, but much of the region – and many of its most popular trails – are ready to receive trekkers this fall 2016.
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