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Everest national park, peruse the legend of mountain and Yeti.

Daunting peaks of Khumbu Himal dominates the life in Everest national park. Yeti the abominable snowman comes down the holy mountain Khumbilla to accept the feast. Monks bedecked in divine custom and mask dances in trans to ward off evil spirit. Mountain goats, Musk deer and Pheasants roam around fearless in the nonviolent Buddhist domain. Everest national park is a peace of heaven on earth.
Namche bazaar with Kongde mountain in the background as seen along the Everest trek.
Namche bazaar with Kongde mountain in the background as seen along the Everest trek. 2017-08-30 15:30:10
In the remote corner of the Khumbu Himal range, the valleys are dominated by Sherpa people. Sherpa migrated south of Mt Everest from eastern Tibet some 400 years back bringing the Tibetan culture with them. In the citadel of mighty peaks, the culture stayed aloof from the troubled Tibet. Most of them are partially employed in trekking and expeditions. During off season, they work in their fields and take care of Yaks.

Villages are marked by Mani walls (stone walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and Khani the entrance and exit gates with Buddhist paintings. Houses are often two storied painted in white and with slate roofs. Every village have authentic monastery with big prayers wheels and prayers flag unfurling down from the cliffs.

The whole Khumbu valley is based at the buttresses of high mountains. Most of the mountains are holy and are worshiped in their local monasteries. Mt Everest is one of the five mother goddess – Chomolongma for the people. Every expedition to the top pays homages to the mountain god in their biggest monastery of Tengboche. Khumbila is the most sacred mountains for Sherpas of Khumbu. The name Khumbu (their valley) comes of the mountain.

The belief of Yeti is mixed up with local day to day life in Khumbu. Monastery in Khumjung village preserves a scalp believed to be of Yeti. The other monastery in Pangboche village used to have abnormal limb believed to be of Yeti which was stolen in 1959 by an expedition team member of Tom Slick after the in charge monk denied its removal for study.

The legend of the human ape, Yeti in the Himalayas are as old as the mountains themselves. Myths and imaginations of locals have caught the attention of westerners as well. Many expedition members have taken mysterious photographs and seen footprints on the snow. Last expedition hunting for Yeti was launched in 2008 with photo trapping device but no evidences were found. However the hairy bests continue to live with people of Khumbu.

A short cultural trek in Everest -

A short cultural trek in Everest let you experience the exclusive Sherpa culture and the great mountains they live in harmony with. The trek starts with a stunning flight to Lukla at 2,800 m. The trekking could be planned from 5 days to one week visiting Namche bazaar, Khumjung village and their biggest monastery Tengboche. Tengboche monastery celebrates the biggest festival of Mani Rindu in November. The festival exhibits age old occult mask dancing by monks commemorating the 8th century Guru Rinpoche’s (Padmasambhava) struggle to fight local evils and establish Buddhism in Tibet.

Short trek to Everest could be planned based on luxury and deluxe lodges. It is also possible to organize pony trek. However pony can just help in the difficult part of the trek. Trekkers still need to have sound fitness to do this trek. Short cultural trek in Everest is moderate in difficulty. Hiking, jogging and workout before coming on the trek will be helpful.

Other Short Treks in Nepal :

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Anna Nepal Trek P Ltd
Nasanh Dyah Marg, Thamel

Rabindra Adhikari
Tour / Trek Manager
977 1 4363643 , 4412011

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