Thursday, 22 February 2018

Best View Points in Nepal

Nepal is primarily a Himalayan state. The finest viewpoints in Nepal are the highlighted features of many amazing trekking expeditions. Nepal consists eight among the ten mountain peaks of the world. Moreover, Nepal is also home to some of the tallest Himalayan ranges on the planet, including Mount Everest- the tallest Mountain Peak. Whilst visiting Nepal, the one thing you do not want to miss is the chance to eyewitness the mountains. The sights of the colossi cerulean peaks make spectacular backdrop against the valleys and green hills. The panoramas of the magnificent rising pinnacles are quite intriguing to glimpse. Fortunately, there are certain vantage points from where the panoramic views of the mountains are utterly breath-taking! Some are positioned close to the capital city of Kathmandu, while others are scattered all through the country. Maximum numbers of these views are tourist attractions on certain trekking journeys as well. The prospect of witnessing ostentatious views of the Himalayas is always very appealing along with the best view points in Nepal that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Kalapatthar- one of the best view points in Nepal for witnessing the Everest massif

Everest Chola Pass Trek

 

Kalapatthar is conceivably one of the most well-known view points in the country. It is certainly a trademark of the Everest Base Camp Trek. In Nepali, the word “Kalapatthar’ translates as “Black Rock”. It is a prominent landmark which is located above Gorakshep on the southern ridge of the Pumori. Although, Kalapatthar is not a typical mountain, the slope is very popular to Kalapatthar as it is one of the best view points in Nepal in the Khumbu region. This region is successful in providing close up panoramic views of the tallest mountain. These views cannot be seen even from the Everest base camp itself. As the high summit is blocked by Mount Nuptse from many of the surrounding places, extraordinary panoramic view can only be experienced from Kalapatthar. Majestic view do other mountain ranges like the Nuptse, the Changtse ad the whole of the Everest massif itself makes Kalapatthar a huge tourist attraction. In addition to all these scenic views, you can also glimpse Northern flank as well as the summit of Lhotse.

Initially, the climb starts from Gorakshep which is the last stop before the Everest Base camp. This place was originally the base camp of the legendary Mount Everest. After a brief plunge to an antique lake-bed at Gorakshep, the trekking trail to Kalapatthar leads to a series of steep switchbacks before leveling off towards the eastern side of the mountain. Then, the trail becomes steep once again until it reaches the wind-swept summit ridge. From there it is only a mere journey of 5-10 minutes of hike over the boulders until you experience one of the bestest viewpoints of the country. The final destination is only about 2 hour trek from the initial point i.e. Gorakshep.

Kalapatthar is a minor summit on a ridge leading to the Pumori which is easily recognizable as the ridge is accentuated with vibrant and colorful prayer flags. This summit has a various range of measurement unlike other submits. It was known that In December 2009, Madhav Kumar Nepali and the Nepali cabinet conducted a small cabinet meeting at the base of Kalapatthar as a response to the climate change. This view point is easily accessible as it can be excursed with minimum difficulties and short time. Mostly, the trekkers prefer to go to the view point early in the morning so that they get to witness the mesmerizing view of the gradually rising sun amidst the tallest mountain of the world. This viewpoint ought to be the most inspiring and dream like experience in the trekker’s journey.

The Gokyo RI

Everest High Passes Trek

The Gokyo Rl is an infamous and less visited viewpoint which lies at the elevation of 5,483 meters. This viewpoint is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is considered to be the largest glacier in Nepal as well as the Himalayas. This viewpoint is located a bit farther from the Mount Everest surrounded by the Gokyo Lakes of the country. Gokyo (4750m/15,583 ft) is located at the base of the viewpoint, which consists of the largest settlements of the world. Four 8,000 meters peaks like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen from this incredible viewpoint.

The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is a reasonably popular trekking route, which best serves as an alternate to the most famous Everest Base Camp Trek. The famous Gokyo Lake is situated in the base of the Gokyo RL. The route itself ends at Gokyo RI, and trekkers normally turn around at this point and retrace their steps back to the trailhead. Some trekkers have claimed that the Everest Gokyo Lake is much more beautiful in comparison to the Everest base camp trek.

Pikey Peak

Pikey generally pronounced as Pee-Kay, has two summits one Goley-Pikey while another is Chawa-Pikey. These names are derived from the Sherpa language that refers to the deities of various local Sherpa clans. Pikey Peak at 4065 meters is a small mountain located in the lower Solukhumbu region. Pikey is the destination of the famous trek “The Pikey Peak Trek.” This place was declared as one of the best view points by Sir Edmund Hillary as the view of the almighty Sagarmatha was the bestest from this region. After this declaration, Pikey has been distinguished as a trekking destination.

Pikey Peak is a once in a lifetime trek as it provides a massive opportunity to witness six over 8,000 meters peaks like the Everest South Summit, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Annapurna and Manaslu in the west and in the east- the third-highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. In addition to these, the views of Mount Thamserku, the Numbur Himal, the Gauri Shankar and the Langtang Range are quite enticing and enthralling. Along with the scenic beauty this place also consists of two monasteries which depicts the cultural lifestyle of the people there. The Thupten Chholing which inhabits more than 500 nuns and The Tolu Monastery are the two oldest monasteries in Nepal.

Tengboche

Tengbuche

Tengboche serves as a famous village of the Khumbu region and is also considered as the highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek. During the winter, you get to witness the snow peaks of Mount Ama Dablam, the tip of the Everest that glows from the Nuptse ridge and several other peaks form a charming landscape from Tengboche. Tengboche serves as one of the perfect viewpoint to remarkable mountain sights. Tengboche has a panoramic vision of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Additionally, this village of Tengboche has an important Buddhist monastery which is widely known as the largest gompa in the Khumbu Region. Tenzing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, was also born in the area in the village of Thani and was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to be a monk. Tengboche is a midway station on the trail to the base camp for the mountain climbers of Mount Everest and other peaks of over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) elevation.

Nagarkot

Situated 32 km east of the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, and Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots in the Bhaktapur. It is the most accessible viewpoint as it is located within the capital city. Nagarkot is well known for the incredible sunrise and sunset along with the panoramic view of the Kathmandu. At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 can be seen from Nagarkot which includes the Annapurna range, the Manaslu range, the Ganesh Himal range, the Langtang range, the Jugal range, the Rolwaling range, the Mahalangur range (Everest range) and the Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and the Shivapuri National Park. Nagarkot is a much admired hiking route as it commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley. Paragliding with the view of Mount Everest is also offered in Nagarkot. Positioned in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. Afterwards, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

Poon Hill

Poon Hill

Poon Hill is among the most visited and famous view points of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Poon Hill is a highlighted destination of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As it offers mind blogging and awesome panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. The destination can be reached through the valley of Ghorepani. Additionally, it provides a spectacular panorama view of the entire Mount Annapurna Massif. Trekkers visit this vintage point early in the morning to witness the sunrise and its effect that is seen on the glorious mountain range. Located at an elevation of 3,210 meters, Poon Hill presents amazing views of the Dhaulagiri as well as the Annapurna Himals and is considered easy in comparison to the tough hiking routes of the country.

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