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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. gene raymond kinne from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
how much walking is there per day.  can a older man over 70 years old in good shape do the walking
Answered by Nancy

Dear Gene Raymond Kinne,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. For the 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, there will not be much walking daily as you will be driven to each place and dropped off there. And please no worry about your age, ha-ha… we had clients who were 83 years old taking this tour before without problem, and I think you will be ok too. best regards to you.

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user portrait Mr. Meena Vyas from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Hi
I am interested in 15 day Kailash-Mansarovar tour probably in Late Oct 2018 so that I will have enough time to obtain visa etc. Which aitrport you expect people to arrive at. Do you help with booking airfares. Does tour include walk around Mt Kailash?
Thanks
Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Meena Vyas,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. We will have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 15th Oct. and I am sure you will have enough time to apply your China visa. Normally people will arrive in Lhasa Gongga airport(LXA), then our guide will be there to meet people and transfer to downtown with 3 times daily. There will be 3days for trekking around Kailash included, so you will have enough trekking if you will take this tour. I will send you more details by email. Best wishes to you.

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user portrait Ms. Barbora from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Aloha,
I would love to attend your 15 day Kailash tour. I am rather restricted by time, leaving Honolulu Sept 8 or 9 (plus 2 days) arriving Lhasa probably sept 10 or 11; and need to return between Sept 25-28; do you have any availability?
Thank you,
Barbora
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Barbora,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT, ha-ha…we have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 12th Sep. and it is confirmed to depart on time. As this tour will be from 12th Sep to 26th Sep. which will be exactly your time. And I will send you the details by email. Best regards.

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