Swayambhu literally means “self-existent one”. According to the translations from an inscription dating back to 460 AD., it was built by King Manadev and by the 13th century, Swayambhunath had been developed as an important center of Buddhism. It is also known as the “Monkey Temple” among the visitors from abroad and has also been enlisted as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006. It is at the top of a little hill, overlooking the panoramic view of the city. It is also the place to have the best view of the sunset from the valley.
It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a prehistoric lake more than 2 thousand years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous monuments and monasteries on its premises. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. The dome at the base represents the entire world. When a person awakes (represented by eyes of wisdom and compassion) from the oaths of the world, the person reaches the state of enlightenment. Swayambhunath is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. The site itself has stood as a symbol of faith and harmony from centuries.
The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer wheels that were recently mounted. Devotees can be seen circumambulating the stupa at all times. However, it is the important site of Buddhist, a large figure of both Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhunath throughout the day. Swayambhu is conceivably the best place to witness religious harmony in Nepal.
If you can walk 5 miles a day and are in good aerobic shape (with a doctor’s approval), you can do fine and make it. The actual trekking is on mostly level ground with a few sections of steep hillsides – up and down. You should not carry more than a light day pack with a jacket, water and snacks. However, it is the altitude that creates the main issues. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the overall experience.
There’s no specific training needed if you are reasonably fit. If you are completely sedentary, then yes some cardiovascular training would be recommended. Stair climbing or hill walking will get most people ready. Remember you’ll be walking up and down rough paths for 8-12 days. You’ll be at altitude too which will make things much harder. Having a good level of fitness will help you enjoy your trek more and always remember, it’s not a race!
October, November and December is Nepal’s peak season and it is the best time to go trekking.
February, March and April is the end of the dry season and it is the second best time of the year to go trekking.
November, December, January and February, the sky is clear, but it can be very cold in the mountain. May to June is Nepal’s hot season and it can get very warm indeed. June to September is the monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal.
01: Large backpack/rucksack:
02: Day pack or day rucksack:
03: Sleeping bag:
04: Down jacket:
05: Trekking/Hiking shoes
06: Fleece jacket
07:Drinking water bottle-Aluminum
08: Sun glass
09: Wool hat and Sun cap
11: Walking Poole
12: Torch or head lamp
It depends on your route, but EBC trek usually takes about 15 days. We suggest you not to go on a rush trek primarily due to the altitude. You will be landed in Lukla at (9,250 feet) and go to EBC at (17,500 f.). If you go too fast or rush your itinerary, you might get altitude sickness which is harmful.
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