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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.
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:
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.
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.
January 10, 2019 Update:
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.
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.
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
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).
Read more about How to Get to Mount Everest.
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?
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.
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
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.
If you are planning a Tibet tour with Mt. Everest Base Camp, please see our popular tour below for inspiration: