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Establishment of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve

Time: 04-06-2018 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Mt. Everest Nature Reserve covers several counties including Tingri, Nyalam, Gyirong and Dinggye under the jurisdiction of Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region. Situated at 27°48'-29°19'east longitude and 84°27'-88°north latitude with the total area of 33819 kilometers, Mt. Everest Nature Reserve populates with round 80000 people.

Establishment of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve

In November of 1986, Dr. Daniel C. Taylor-Ide, the former Director of Woodlands Mountain Institute and currently the President and Founder of Future Generations in the United States, led a team to visit the Mt. Everest Region: in November of 1988, the local government of Tibet Autonomous Region formally established the Working Committee of Mt. Everest: on March 18, 1989, Mt. Everest Nature Reserve was established with the common efforts of the local Tibetan Government, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tibet Academy of Social Sciences and Woodlands Mountain Institute (WMI) of the United States. On 26th of October, the Working Committee of the Mt. Everest Nature Reserve signed a cooperative agreement for 12 years with WMI, aiming to protect the unique biodiversity and the significant archaic geographical and historical relics and the cultural heritages of human beings: in addition, the project in particular addressed to research the most effective and rational way of fully utilizing the natural resources in order to promote social and economic development and bring benefits to local population.

Establishment of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve

Commissioned by the Working Committee and WMI, from 1990 to 1991, experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tibet Academy of Social Sciences conducted a comprehensive scientific research program in this region: the experts worked together with the relative government departments in the TAR and in Shigatse with the administration offices of the Mt. Everest Nature Reserve and four county governments to draft a general development plan, strategy and measures for the Mt. Everest Nature Reserve from 1990 to 2000, which were approved by the TAR government and then put into effect.

The Mt. Everest Nature Reserve is featured as a comprehensive natural reserve area, in which the ecological system is under total protection. The whole reserve is divided into three parts: the core zone (including scientific reserve area and absolute preserve area), scientific experimental zone (buffer - zone) and economic development zone (periphery).

Establishment of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve

The core zone is the soul of the Mt. Everest Nature Reserve characterized as a typical nature zone of an intact ecological system covering a large area. and it is the benchmark to measure the ecological system at the other parts of Mt. Everest and some adjacent regions: it is also the reference to develop resources for above - mentioned zones: in addition, it is the resource storage of local plants and species and the research center, aiming to rescue and protect the rare and severely endangered flora and fauna: it is the place to study how to sustain these precious plants and species. The core zone contains seven key areas with 10324.8 square kilometers: Thorong, Rongshar, Shopugang, Gyaltsen, Gungtang, Mt. Everest, and Shishabangma. On one hand, the first five areas represent an ecological system in which the south part is humid and semi-humid alpine forest showing climate changes from the east to the west; on the other hand, the Mt. Everest and Shishabangma area represents an ecological system of alpine semi-arid shrub and grassland.

The scientific experimental zone surrounds the peripheral area of the core zone, which it is actually a buffer zone to prevent the core from disturbance by human beings. This area includes five experimental sub- zones, with the total 6254.9 square kilometers. i.e. Drenthang, Phadrol, Khartak, Nyalam, Gyirong, and Gungtang.

Establishment of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve

The economic development zone is situated at the northeast part of Mt Everest, consisting of four zones in terms of agriculture zone, animal husbandry zone, combination zone of agriculture and animal husbandry, and handcrafts zone, within total area of 16561 .3 square kilometers, which it is actually the political, economic and cultural center of Mt Everest Nature Reserve. It is area of high population density and heavily disturbed by human beings. The area presents 48% of total Nature Reserve, and 70% of total population of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve is living there. The administrative center of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve is located at Shekar, the biggest town and actually the hinterland of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve; Shekar is also the center of political, economy, culture, and education of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve. All institution aiming to protect and administrate affairs concerning agriculture animal husbandry, forest, and water conservancy in this region are registered with the Management Bureau of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve which holds the administrative jurisdiction of all those institutions and also acts coordinator amongst them.

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user portrait Mr. Mi*** from: Mount Kailash Tour from Kathmandu, Nepal

I want to do tour from Kathmondu, coming from USA. what do you recommand in August 2019? Thanks.

Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Mi***, 

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. Please kindly let me know your nationality firstly since your tour will be involved with Kailash. If you will enter Tibet from Kathmandu, you must leave 3 working days in Kathmandu for you to apply your China visa there, and also if you would like to visit Kailash for sure, I recommend you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa to join in a group tour as almost all the group tour start from Lhasa. I recommend you to fly to China from USA then go to Kathmandu after the tour as we can drop off you at the border so you can go Kathmandu by overland. Anyway I will send you more details by email. Best regards. 

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user portrait Mr. Ge*** from: 1 Day Lhasa World Heritages Tour

Dear we are a couple planning to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa on march 2020 by flight.
We eould like to know the price for the 1 day Lhasa tour
Can we stay 2 additional days without tour-guide ? what about the price of tibet visa??



Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ge***,

Thanks very much for your enquiry. Please kindly note that the Tibet will closed to foreign tourists in March every year, I was wondering whether you could adjust your travel time or not. Sure, we can arrange 1 day Lhasa private tour for you, the quotation is based on your travel time. Please check your email for more details. Warm regards,

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user portrait Mr. Ma*** from: 18 days Tibet Mount Kailash & Guge Kingdom Expedition

Hello there

I am favouring with one of your tours including the pilgrimage around mount kailash.
What is the level of fitness required ?
I am female, 54 years old and I gues medium fit. I dont do too much sports but regularly hiking.
The timeframe for me would be mid May until Mid june.



Answered by Nancy

Dear Ma***, 

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. As we do not have group to Guge, but we do have 15days Lhasa to Kailash trekking pilgrim tour on 15th May and 10th June, both dates are available for you to join in. 10th June group tour will come cross the Saga Dawa festival in Kailash on 17th June, so if you can make it that would be great. Your age is quite young, please worry free, and most of our clients were your same age, some are more than 70 years old even did the tour quite well, and 3days pilgrim tour would be no problem. You will leave most of your luggage in hotel, and carry the necessary stuff, and also there are some tea house there providing hot water, simple food and basic shelter for sleeping, but of course please do not expect too high about it. And we will do the outer circle for the pilgrim trekking which will be 54km in total. I will send you more details to your email please check it there. Best regards.  

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