Mount Everest region Tibet
Brief information on Mt. Everest
Everest is the main peak of the Himalayas and the highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border between China and Nepal. The northern part of Mount Everest is in Tibet, China, and the southern part is in Nepal. At an altitude of 8,848 meters, it is the highest peak in the world and the center of Everest Nature Reserve and Nepal National Park, which spans four counties in China.
Mount Everest, named Mount Qomolangma in Tibetan, means Mother Goddess of the Universe, "Qomo" means "Goddess", "Langma" means "Mother Elephant". Massive glaciers and seracs feature a thrilling splendor. The peak has been a holy climbing attraction for the world's mountaineers. In recent years, more and more mountaineers start from the Everest Base Camp trying to conquer the world's highest peak. Around Mt.Everest, there are four peaks above 8,000 meters high, including Mt. Makarluh, Gosanthain, Zhuoyo, Shishabanma, and other 14 peaks above 7,000 meters, which form an amazing picture of Mt.Everest Natural Scenery Area with jokuls, peaks groups, and mountain waves.
For tourists, Everest Base Camp has become the most popular spot in Tibet, either sightseeing, trekking or expeditions. It offers the chance to gaze on the stunning north face of the world's tallest peak, Mt. Everest. It is a lot easier to access than those on the Nepali side.
The road from Shegar to Rongphu
The Everest access road turns off the Friendship Hwy around 6km west of the Shegar checkpoint. It’s about a 100km drive and takes about 3 hours from Shegar. After passing the small village Chay, there is a winding drive up to Pang-la ( 5,120m). The views at Pang-la pass here are stupendous, featuring a huge sweep of the Himalaya range. Then the road descends past several photogenic villages into Dzaka Valley. Then bumps up again to Chodzom, from here the road turns south towards Rongphu. You will have the first views of Everest half an hour before you arrive at Rongphu.
What to see in the Everest region
Rongphu Monastery: Rongphu is the highest monastery in Tibet, was established in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama. There were once 500 monks and nuns living here. At Rongphu Monastery, the nuns and monks use the same prayer hall but have separate residences. The monastery and its large Chorten (a Lamaist shrine or monument) can make a great photograph with Everest thrusting its head skyward in the background. The elevation here is 4,980m.
Everest Base Camp ( E.B.C): it is a good point to see Mount Everest's peak. It has a couple of permanent structures, half a dozen tea tents, a post office, and clusters of tents belonging to various expeditions and several tent guest houses belonging to the local Tibetan for the tourists, but these only exist from late April to early October.
Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of Everest peak, the wind here is always heavy. Then have your photo taken at the Base Camp marker (A stone), it mentions the world ' Mt Qomolangma Base Camp ' instead of Everest one. The base camp is 5,200m above sea level. A sign warns that tourists will be fined USD200 for proceeding past Base Camp without a guide at the public toilet wall.
The height of Mount Everest will continue to change due to the movement of the geographic plate as time goes on. Interestingly, although Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, its peak is not the farthest point from the center of the earth. This particular point belongs to Chimborazo in South America. The great and majestic image of Mount Everest has always had a huge impact both locally and worldwide.
Only by seeing Mount Everest with your own eyes can you understand the charm of this "Earth Highest Point". Although it is impossible for most people to spend a lot of money and time to climb to the top of the world, come to Everest Base Camp to feel the heroic posture of this mother earth.
Useful Travel Tips
- The admission fee of E.B.C is 180 CNY / per person and half rate during the low season from November to April.
- It is required to pay 120 CNY / per person for the round-way ticket of clean energy and environmental protection bus in the Mt Everest Scenic Area from 1 July 2019.
- Overnight at Everest Base Camp is usually arranged in the guest house of either the Rongphu Monastery or local Tibetan tents (from the nearby villages). The local Tibetan tent is only available from mid-April to mid-October.
- Even in summer, the temperature at Everest base camp will be below 10ºC (50ºF) at night. There is no heating equipment here.
- Both the monastery and tent guesthouses will provide quilts and pillows for everyone, but the personal sleeping bags are highly recommended to bring in advance, which can keep you warm and clean.
- In addition to two public toilets representing modern civilization, as well as the Rongbuk monastery, the base camp has no other buildings.
- The former base camp stone has been moved down, which is closer to the tent guesthouse area, for environmental protection.