Plus four other things to do at Everest Base Camp before you hike up.
Serious hikers, rejoice! Besides the promising top view of the Himalayan region, you can now have a gastronomic reason to hike up Mount Everest. That’s right; a pop-up restaurant is set to open at the base of the world’s tallest mountain. And we’re not talking your ordinary mac ‘n’ cheese; think fine dining pleasure in the form of a seven-course meal.
Measuring approximately 8,848-meter tall, Mount Everest is typically the last place in which you would think about, let alone digest, luxurious food. But a group of chefs behind the restaurant’s unveiling would beg to differ. Chief among them is Indian chef Sanjay Thakur who, in an interview with media outlet Fine Dining Lovers, contends, “The biggest challenge, of course, will be the altitude, which will affect everything. Flavor [perception] will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand.”
Titled ‘Triyagyoni’, the project would start small, as the four chefs are planning to take only ten guests on a weeklong journey to Everest Base Camp (which sits at 11,600 feet above sea level). Nepal’s Lukla is the hike-wine-and-dine adventure begins. With this project, Thakur — who has shown his culinary prowess in prestigious cooking competitions such as the Bocuse d’Or and S.Pellegrino Young Chef — is hoping to raise awareness towards issues pertaining to sustainability. “The restaurant will be created within a tent due to high wind risk during this season,” he said to Architectural Digest.
Priced at USD 5,600, participation in Triyagyoni does not come cheap. But the high fee is worth it, considering that it covers your flights, accommodations, and meals. Find yourself enticed by the adventurous prospect? Below are five things to do once you’ve reached Everest Base Camp.
What is an Everest ambition without a visit to this museum? Located at the famous Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Museum is best known for its ambitious display of traditional Sherpa design and artefacts. Here, you can bring your imagination to greater heights when imagining the many ways of Sherpa life in the past. When not too busy admiring relics, you can head to the stables beneath the museum, where yaks and cows are taken care of by locals and Tibetans alike.
The peak of Mount Everest measures at 23,600 feet above sea level, so you best believe that it ain’t going to be an easy hike up! To ensure that you stay focused, might we suggest that you find some time for some spiritual or morale boost? To do so, just pay a respectful visit to the monasteries sited near the base camp, such as the Rongbuk Monastery and Tengboche Monastery.
Believe it or not, dessert is only a walk away at the Everest Base Camp. You need only visit Namche Bazar. Here, you will find some of the most delicious Belgian wafers served. Imagine the warm delight that they provide in the great Himalayan cold. There are also a litany of cafes to be found in this area, so you best bet there you will never run out of caffeine while there!.
They say practice makes perfect. This idiom could not ring truer in the situation wherein you must optimize yourself to scale up Mount Everest. Here, you can train your physical endurance by trekking the icy terrains around you. In foolproofing your journey ahead, you can also exchange your expectations and communicate your fears with your guides and fellow climbers along the way..