Hiking from Tingri to Mt. Everest Base Camp
Tingri to Mt. Everest Base Camp is regarded as one of the world's classic hiking trails. The route demands about 4 days, over a distance of 80 kilometers. People who prefer a short trail can walk the stretch from Rongbu Monastery to Mt. Everest Base Camp. This part is 8 kilometers long, and takes about 3 hours.
Day 1: milestone 5145 (6km west of Tingri) to Mt. Wula Pass.
The journey is about 15 km. There are small villages to stay along the way. Mt. Wula Pass is 5,210 meters above sea level. Mt. Everest is visible at the pass on clear days.
Day 2: From Mt. Wula Pass to Zaka Canal (about 20 km)
You can hitchhike to Base Camp on the way if you are lucky.
Day 3: Zaka Canal to Quzong (15 km)
Day 4: Quzong to Rongbuk Monatery then to Base Camp (20 km)
Travelers can also choose to have a rest for one day in Rongbu Monastery before heading to Base Camp.
The trail only suitable for people who are in good health and well to the harsh weather. Do not attempt it if you do not belong these suitable people. Be well-prepared and equipped before starting the hiking. Bring enough food to remain self-sufficient for einght to ten days. The journey requires four days. Although it can be finished in less than four days, you are suggested to slow down. Bring water clothes even in hot summer, as weather in high altitude has a big difference between day and night. a warm overcoat is needed at night even in summer. Glasses, hand cream and lipstick to protect from being sun burnt.
The journey requires four days. Although it can be finished in less than four days, you are suggested to slow down. Taking regular rest when walking in steep slopes are needed.
Much of the route follow little-walked dirt roads. Water can be founded at regular intervals along the way.
In the rainy season, usually in July and August, the road may be blocked by floods or landslide; so avoid taking the trail in these two months. The best time to do the hiking is in May, September and October.
You will pass a lot of valleys on the way. Do not set your tent at the lower part of a valley in case of sudden floods at night.
Take safety into concern when camping at the base. Stone falling from the mountain slope may hurt you.
There are plentiful accodations beside Rongbu Monastery. Camping is also available beside the monastery.
I updated this article on July 11, 2012
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