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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 Ms. Ho*** from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp


My husband and I are looking at travel in April 2019. We currently are only a group of 2, but it is possible we may have another 2 friends join us.
We are comparing tours for the 7 day tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu. What price can you offer for group tour for 2 (or 4 people) for the Lhasa to Kathmandu trips if we were to book in the next two weeks?

Many thanks,

Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Ho***,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry, if there are 4 people in your group, I recommend you to take it as private tour, thus you will have the guide and driver on your own, and the tour can be flexible. If there are 2 in your group, of course take part in a group tour is better, and we have several groups in April, or we can open a new date based on your travel time, and our group size is 4 to 13 people. And if you will book in next weeks, I can apply some discount for you. Please check the email for more details. Best regards.

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I am interested in a tour with you all in and around Lhasa for a party of two.
We would be arriving on the 23rd of December and departing on the 25th.

We plan on arriving on train from Chengdu, China on the 23rd. Thinking of doing a monastery/temple tour the day we arrive. On the 24th, our full day, we would be interested in going to Yamdrok lake or something similar, 25th be in Lhasa to see rest other temples/monastery before we fly out in the evening.

We would like to get a tentative itinerary and price for the trip all inclusive.
Transportation, hotel stay, meals and Tibet permit. 

Thank you so much,

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Thanks very much for your inquiry. According to your itinerary, there is no group tour that suits for you, while we can arrange a private tour for you. Taking private tour, our guide will take you to visit all the scenic spots that you mentioned, and we will give you a quotation of this tour based on two of you, which includes transportation, hotel, guide and Tibet Permit. I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check your email. Warm regards.

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I want to organize tours to Tibet from Nepal can you sent me cost rate for all tours what you organize with detail itinerary

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Dear Mr. Go***,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry, please kindly let me know your nationality if you will visit Kailash, as we cannot apply Tibet permit to Kailash for Indian passport holders, and also Kailash is not possible to go from late Oct to early April due to the cold weather, and it will closed. If you will just take the tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Mt. Everest, which will be no problem to go year around (except every March). If you can provide how many people in your group and when you would like to take this tour, you will get the precise quote within 24 hours. Thanks and best regards to you.

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