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Mount Everest — How to Visit It

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 8,844 meters (29,016 ft) above sea level. Always snow-capped above 6,000 meters it is the holy grail of mountaineers and sacred among the Tibetans and Nepalese.

Increasing numbers of mountaineers make expeditions to conquer the world's highest peak, while many tourists go to the foot of the peak to admire its beauty and magnificence.

  • Chinese: 珠穆朗玛峰 Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng /joo-moo-lung-maa fnng/
  • Tibetan: Chomolungma ('Goddess Mother of Snow')
  • Nepalese: Sagarmatha
  • Location: Nepal/China border, Dingri, Shigatse, Tibet
  • Height: 8,844.43 meters (29,016 ft)
  • Tibet Base Camp: 5,180 meters (17,000 ft)
  • Activities: hiking, camping, photography, mountaineering
  • Suited to: fit, acclimatized adventurers

Usually it takes about 5 working days to apply for the Tibet permits, so the earliest dates you are suggested to entry Tibet are from:

  • April 5th by train (Use permit scans we send you.)
  • April 10th by flight (Extra time is needed for mail delivery, because original permits must be checked.)

Where is Mount Everest

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In the Himalayas, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China, its north slope belongs to China, and the south side belongs to Nepal.

Around Mount Everest, there are three peaks above 8,000 meters (26,000 feet): Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu; and 14 peaks above 7,000 meters; which form the amazing vista of Mount Everest Natural Scenery Area.

Harsh Climate Condition

The lowest temperature on the peak is 30–40 °C (22–40 °F) below zero , but wind chill can make it feel colder! And oxygen on the peak is only 25% that of sea level. Strong winds blow the snow into drifts making the mountain still more deadly.

The area over 7,500 meters is coldest in February, averaging -27 °C (-17 °F), and warmest in August, averaging -20 °C (-4 °F).

The Tibet base camp is not as cold or bleak, being more than 3,000 meters lower, below the snow line, with daytime temperatures above freezing from spring to fall.

Visiting Everest's Tibet Base Camp

January 10, 2019 Update:

View Mt. Everest in Rongbuk MonasteryView Mt. Everest in Rongbuk Monastery

However, the EBC tour experience is not affected too much. The area around Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest Buddhist monastery (altitude 5,154m), is one of the best vantage points for a view of the imposing snow-capped Mt. Everest. Although a little further away than before, the new EBC is close enough for admiring the lofty view.

The new Everest Base Camp is near Rongbuk Monastery, about 4km north of the previous location. In January 2019, to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Mt. Everest area, the previous EBC site was abandoned and made part of the core protected zone of China’s Qomolangma National Nature Preserve (QNNP), which is forbidden to enter without permission.

At the base camp, apart from the tents of mountaineers doing their acclimatization, there are huts and a post office where people can mail postcards to themselves or others as a precious souvenir.

New Everest Base Camp

Travel Permits are Required

To enter Tibet and travel around Tibet, travel permits are needed. Besides a Tibet Entry Permit, an Aliens' Travel Permit is required to travel to Mt. Everest.

Read more on How to Get How to Get Tibet Travel Permits.

Best Time to Go — May, June, September, and October

mount Everest in May Mount Everest view in May

The best time to climb Mount Everest is in early May before the monsoon season. May, June, September, and October are ideal times to travel to Mt. Everest, with not so much rain and cold .

Mid October to November is a good time to get views of the peak with clear and dry weather . Photographers may prefer April, as it is the best time to shoot the flag-like cloud floating above the peak.

Continue to read The Best Time to Go to Mount Everest

How to Get There

Starting from Lhasa, take a bus (10 hours) or train (3 hours) to Shigatse, then private transport to the base camp (12 hours) via Dingri and Rongbuk Monastery (the highest religious building in the world).

Where is EBC

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Where to Stay — Rongbuk Monastery, or Tent Hostels

tent hostel A tent hostel at base camp

Most people stay in Shigatse before their trip to Mount Everest, though Tingri (120 km / 70 mi or 3 hours from the base camp) does have a limited number of hotels. 

You can stay at Mt. Everest Base Camp. The camp site consists of some tents and huts. You might consider camping a night there. Or you can stay at Rongbuk Monastery near the base camp. Do not expect too much of the accommodation.

Read more on Staying at Everest Base Camp or Rongbuk Monastery?

Physical Training before You Go

Before you visit Mt. Everest, ensure you are in good physical condition. Seek medical advice in advance. If you have asthma, high blood pressure, or similar conditions you should be advised against going.

Do physical training to avoid or reduce altitude sickness before you go, and acclimate in Lhasa (3,650 m) and Shigatse (3,800 m). Dingri (4,300 m) offers a good place to stop and acclimate further if you experience discomfort on the way from Shigatse.

8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour

DAY 1: Arrive in Lhasa (Elevation 3,650 Meters)

DAY 2: Lhasa: Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery

DAY 3: Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

DAY 4: Lhasa – Gyangtse (4,040 Meters) – Shigatse (3,836 Meters): Yamdrok Lake, Karuola Glacier, Palcho Monastery

DAY 5: Shigatse – Tingri (4,300 Meters): Tashilunpo Monastery

DAY 6: Tingri – Shigatse: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,200 Meters), Rongbuk Monastery

DAY 7: Shigatse – Lhasa

DAY 8: Depart Lhasa

CUSTOMIZE THIS TRIP Each tour can be tailored.

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To travel Everest Base Camp, an Aliens' Travel Permit is required, as well as the other mandatory requirements for foreigner entry to Tibet. We can help you arrange this once you arrive in Tibet.

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