8000 Meters Facts
Base Camp Selected in 20 Journeys of Lifetime
The UK's leading magazine The Observer, sister publication of UK's Guardian in
its Sunday edition published on January 11, 2004 has selected Everest Base
Camp of Nepal in 20 Journeys of a Lifetime. Selected by journalist Jill
Hartley as great adventures that one never forgets, Everest Base Camp has been
placed in the seventh position beating the destination like Galapagos Islands
which was placed first by UK's internet based travel company iexplore in 2003.
Galapagos Islands has been placed in sixteenth position in this list of The
Observer. The famous traditional trade route known as Silk Route from Kashgar
(China) then Tashkent - Samarkand - Khiva (Uzbekistan) is in eight position.
The Everest Base Camp is the only South Asian destination that has been
included in the list. Most of the journeys included in the list are shared by
two countries. The journey from Ruta Maya Antigua - Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)
to Lake Atitlan - Antigua (Guatemala) via San Cristobal - Palenque - Merida
(Mexico), Belize City - Caye Caulker (Belize), Tikal has been selected as
number one among 20 journeys.
Describing the Everest Base Camp journey, Jill Hartley writes," To the rest
of us, the crown jewel of the Himalayas invokes tales of unbelievable human
courage and strength. Today a trek to Base Camp should be within range of any
fit regular weekend walker. Those who've done it say nothing compares with
that roof-of- the-world feeling as you stand there in awed silence surrounded
by towering snow-capped peaks. That said, the Himalayas are as famed for their
vibrant rhododendron forests as their snowy tops. You'll also need a camera
for cliff-side monasteries with football playing monks in saffron robes,
colourful yak trains accompanied by local black-eyed urchins and vertiginous
swing bridges decorated with fluttering prayer flags. "
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