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Special Notes and Reminders at EBC (Internet, Hot water, Electricity, Toilet)

Internet Access

There is no internet access at the Tibetan side of EBC but 3G signal is always available, of which China Telecom and China Mobile have the best signal.

Running Hot Water

It’s possible to get hot water from thermos bottles, but there is unfortunately no running hot water or showers at EBC.

Electricity

Normally, there is stable 24 hours electricity supply at Rongbuk guesthouse and tents near EBC. But it is also may be affected by the unexpectable weather in that region, like sudden snow storm in winter, so we advise you to charge your camera while in Shigatse just in case. A headlight or a flashlight is advised in the evening considering the toilet is out of tent.   

Keeping Warm

Yak dung is burned in stoves to keep warm inside the tent guesthouses. Due to the high altitude of EBC it’s frequently cold and the wind is very strong, especially at night. It’s important to bring enough warm clothes to the Base Camp, and one hat is necessary to keep warm of your head, especially your ears.

Medical Supplies

Take your own medicine and additional oxygen bottles with you to EBC. The tour agency provides one oxygen bottle per person, but if it’s enough you can carry your own bottles just in case. Medicine and the additional oxygen are helpful, because many people experience some symptoms of altitude sickness at EBC.

Toilets:

Two very simple toilets like a container are there next to the tents guesthouses area, it’s smelly of squat pits and do not expect any running water either, even no light for evening use. Try to drink less water that night to avoid going to toilet in the chilly midnight.   

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user portrait Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  

Questions:

1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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