Everest base camps refers generally two camps: South Base Camp in Nepal at an attitude of 5,364 meters and North Base Camp in Tibet, China at an altitude of 5,150 meters. In this guide, we are going to talk about the North Base Camp in Tibet.
Everest Base Camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountaineers or trekkers during their ascent and decent. And the North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.
How to Get to Everest Base Camp in China Side
Usually, Lhasa is the first stop for tourists’ Tibet tour. Tourists can go to Lhasa by flight
. After arrival at Lhasa, they can go to Rongbuk Monastery from Lhasa by renting a vehicle. While the road condition is not good, the car winds its way slowly on the zigzug and bumpy road, it might take a long time to arrive, and the time could be longer in the rainy seasons.
What Are the Documents Needed for Everest Base Camp Tour?
A visit to the North Base Camp requires a Tibet Travel Permit from the Chinese
government. Such permit must be arranged via travel agency in Lhasa as part of a package tour that include hiring a vehicle, driver, and tour guide.
Where to Stay in Everest Base Camp?
Firstly, you will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. From where, tourists can get a good visual on Everest. In winter, when EBC becomes cold, most of groups choose to live at guesthouses by the Rongbuk Monastery. Another 8 kilometers drive from the monastery, tourists will arrive at a tent area, which is the nearest place to EBC. Many tourists choose to stay here for one night. Additionally, there is green bus available to EBC from tent area. It costs RMB 25 per person(round-trip), single way driving time is 15 minutes. Notably, trekking to the EBC from the tent is not advised since you may suffer from severe high-altitude sickness
What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Tour?
There is the possible packing list for your Everest Base Camp trek. You need good quality trekking gear.
- Alpine trekking boots
- Down jacket
- Hiking poles and crampons
- Gloves filled with down and sunglasses for eye protection
- Head wear for warmth and protection from strong wind
- Sleeping bag and moisture-proof pad
- Headlight and battery
- Thermal flask
- Medicine for for cold, headache, stomach ache, insect bite, diarrhea, and high-altitude sickness.
- Sunblock for skin protection
Note: The mobile and 3G singnal is available at the EBC area but sometimes not stable somtimes. Also, there is one post office at the tents area near the EBC, you can buy a post card of the Everests and send it home to your families and friends, bringing them the best wishes from the highest place you could step on in your life.
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