For tourists from both inside and outside of China, Everest Base Camp or E.B.C is one of the hottest tourist spots in Tibet. It is an ideal place for tourists to go on trekking and explore the footsteps to the world's highest peak. If the weather allows you will have an amazing view of the snow covered summit from E.B.C.
Standing 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level, Mt. Everest also named Mount Qomolangma in Tibetan located at at the border between China and Nepal and has been fascinating and challenging large numbers of mountaineers who annually try to conquer the world's highest peak. Everest Base Camp located in its north side provides easy access for these people to realize their ambitious goal.
At Everest Base Camp (5,220 m / 17,100 ft) you can find half a dozen tea tents, a post office and clusters of tents belonging to various expeditions and several tent guesthouses belonging to the local Tibetans to host visiting tourists. You can take pictures on the small hill decorated with colorful flags with the strong wind blowing through.
Thanks to the efforts of the government of Tibet Autonomous Region, a new paved road was built in 1978 connecting China and Nepal commonly called the China - Nepal Friendship Highway (i.e. 318 national highway). While traveling along this road you can visit many other attractions easily reach Everest Base Camp. The road is 3.5 meters wide and a little bumpy with more than 170 curves, bends and twists. In the past, if a driver was not careful enough, they may drive you into the surrounding vegetation area, but now guard rails have been built.
The whole ride to Everest Base Camp from Tingri now takes about about 2-3 hours instead of 4-5 hours in the past. You can also reach Everest Base Camp by taking a a 30 minute public site seeing bus from Rongphu which costs 30 RMB per person round trip or you can just go on a two-hour trek up to the glacier. Entrance ticket to E.B.C. are 185 RMB per person and unlike other attractions in Tibet there is a charge for the vehicle entry, of 405 RMB.
The best time to visit is from early May to late November. Temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) from late March to early May. Mornings are bright and clear with the air slowly becoming hazier as the day progresses. The rhododendron flowers in springtime add to the charm of Himalayan range. It's likely there will be rain showers, hazy skies, wet and muddy trail conditions in June. Late October to December is an ideal period of time for mountain views. As it's usually sunny and clear with moderate temperatures during the day while quite cool or even frosty in the evening. At Everest Base Camp the temperature can even fall to zero at night and snow may also be expected anytime above the 4,000 m / 13,000 ft level.
As regard accommodation, a wide range of hotels and guest houses can be found in the neighborhood area such as Rongbuk Monastery guest house, tent guest houses and one (1) hotel. Rongbuk Monastery guest house is located at front of the Rongbuk Monastery, only 8 kilometers away from Everest Base Camp. It provides basic bedding for tourists including twin room, triple room, 4-6 pax dormitory rooms and simple food such as fried rice, noodles, pancakes are served in the restaurant.
Most tourists choose to visit E.B.C. by taking on day tours. For example, our Mt. Everest Base Camp 8 Day Tour covers many popular tourist attractions in Tibet including the Portala Palace, Sera Monastery, and Yamdrok Lake. Mt. Everest Base Camp Overland 8 Day to Kathmandu is also a classic route.
Since Everest Base Camp is 5,220 m (17,100 ft) above the sea level, it's necessary for you to know how to avoid high altitude reactions. You can find the needed information in the blog called Ways to Avoid High Altitude Reactions.