Staying at Everest Base Camp or Rongbuk Monastery?

Staying at Everest Base Camp or Rongbuk Monastery?

By Candice SongUpdated May. 17, 2021

To preserve the environment around Mt. Everest, no hotel is allowed to open close to the mountain foot. You have two choices: staying at Everest Base Camp (in your own tent or a tent hostel) or Rongbuk Monastery. Do not expect too much of the accommodation.

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Tent Hostels at EBC

Mt.everest camp baseScenery of Everest Base Camp China side

Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a real camp site with flat ground surrounded by hills, where you can see Mount Everest from afar on clear days. From April to November, tent hotels are put up for travelers. They are taken down in winter because of the bad weather.

Facilities of Tent Hostels


Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk monasteryScenery of Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. When Mt. Everest was found to be the highest mountain and with the development of Tibetan tourism, Rongbuk Monastery now provides rooms for travelers. You can only see Mt. Everest through a valley between mountains.

Facilities of Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Tips from China Highlights

Medicine: Most experience altitude sickness at EBC and the nearest hospital is in Dingri, 6 hours away. Bring your own oxygen and medicine to fight altitude sickness.
Where to stay: If you don't want to sleep in tents with more than 8 people, consider staying in the Monastery Guesthouse.

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