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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. St*** from: Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

ello, we are willing to organized a tour of Kailash from Lhassa for a group of 4 persons (3 french and 1 from Kazakstan) around end of august. Could you provide a private tour for 4 persons ? and for what price ?

Thank you very much


Answered by Helen

Dear St***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I do not know if your friend who hold Kazakstan can apply China visa, as it is quite strict for them to get China visa, and almost the embassy would turn them down. So please tell your friend about it. No offence, and we had Kazakstan clients before but failed to get China visa so cannot come to join in the tour. If there are 3 or 4 of you, and I just wonder whether it will be OK for you to join in a group tour, and we have the group tour on 12th Sept, which I can provide you some discount if all of you would like to join in, and also our group size is 4 to 12 people, so not large group.  I will provide you the private tour quote too with 3 people and 4 people and also you can start it in Aug or Sept any time you want. And 30th Aug. will be Tibet Shoton festival which will last about 1 week in Lhasa, and the highlight will be the first day in Drepung Monastry for Thangka Buddha Show there. Best regards.

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user portrait Ms. jo*** from: 10 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour


I am interested in your 10D Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour for the departure date on 20 May. However I may likely book the flight arriving Lhasa on 17 May. is it possible to arrange the Tibet tour permit from 17 May before start of tour?

as my flight will be arriving at around 6pm after the free airport pick up time, can I take the airport shuttle bus by myself to my accommodation without a guide? how do I arrange pick up from my own-arranged hotel to the hotel booked by this tour on day 1 of itinerary?

also I am booking for one pax only and will like to share room. currently only one pax has booked. may I know if there is a minimum group size for the tour to be confirmed? or will it be last minute cancelled if the tour booking does not meet the minimum pax requirement.?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. jo***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry, and we currently have one departure date on 20th of May, you are quite welcome to join us! I was wondering whether you could fly to Lhasa on 20th or not. Well, you can also arrive in Lhasa on 17th, but there is extra fee. When you arrive in Lhasa at 6pm of 17th, you'll miss our free pick up on 20th, please note that you can't take bus or taxi from airport to hotel by yourself, because when you enter Lhasa, you must be escorted with a guide according to the policy (there will be policeman check-point on the way from airport to downtown), so the guide will pick you up at the airport and help you pass the check-point, and there is extra pick up fee. There is one tourist who has booked this tour, but he will stay in a single room. We will try our best to find a roommate for you, but if we fail, I was wondering whether you mind staying in guesthouse (dorm-bed, public bathroom, with breakfast), which can avoid single room supplement fee for you. The minimum group size is two persons, now there is one tourist has booked this tour, if you book this tour, there are two persons together, we won't cancel it. I will send detailed itinerary to you by email, please check it. Warm regards.

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user portrait Mr. Ro*** from: Mount Kailash Tour Cost

Hi ,

Can I get information to do the Inner Kora Darshan of Mount Kailash. I am planning to start my tour from Lhasa. Appreciate if you could provide details//// Tour Operators . Please note I will flying from Canada to Lhasa and I do have a mutiple Chinese Visa.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ro***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Normally people are not allowed to take the Inner Kora unless they finish the 13 circles outside kora, so at present we never managed it successful for the inner Kora tour there. And we only have the 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp tour available every month from April to Oct. Please kindly let me know when you would like to do this tour? So I can recommend you the proper date. Your visa will be No problem for us to apply Tibet permit. I will send you more details by email. Best regards.

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