Tibetan Mount Everest Travel
She Walks in Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light, Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less, had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress, or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express. How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, so soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,but tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below. A heart whose love is innocent!
By Lord Byron
No better words can express the beauty and love of Mt. Everest, but lord Byron.
Mt. Everest (also known as Mt. Qomolangma), the world's highest mountain with an 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) height, is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, a boarder area between Nepal and China. With magnificent and steep topography, it covers with snow all the year round and resembles the shape of a pyramid. Its Tibetan name Qomolangma means “Goddess the Third” making this place even more mysterious.
Location of Mt. Everest
There you can visit The Shangri-La —Gama Valley, “the most beautiful valley in the world”, from which you can have a vantage point to enjoy vista of snow mountains and glacier only at a price of raising your head. It is a true paradise for trekking. Besides Mt. Everest is covering with giant glaciers, among which the longest is 26km Rongbuk Glacier. And on those glaciers, there are various seracs, majestic ice cliffs, adventurous cracks, and even thrilling avalanches.
At the foot of Mt. Everest, it locates the world’s highest temple Rongbuk Temple, a perfect spot for the view of Golden Mountain.
Mt. Everest is not only grand but also epic. In a range of 20km from it, there are more than 40 mountains with height of over 7,000 meters. Those great mountains sometimes hide in clouds and mist, along with the glaring snow world intrigue the curiosity of many travellers. Thus some believe the most attractive wonder is the floating cloud above the mountain. For it shapes like a flag on top of mountain, this kind of cloud is called flag cloud.
Attractions in Everest Travel
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is a reservation place for the core area of Mt. Everest, located 19km from Mt. Everest 5200 meters above sea level. Resides at the south of Rongbuk Temple, it provides basic living facilities, for instance tents, hotels, shops, even a post office. Except for two public toilets, there has no permanent building. Every year the time between early Aprils and late Mays is the perfect season for climbing Mt. Everest. Thus then ambitious climbers and mountaineers from all over the world are gathered there, which form a unique scene. After a short recess there, climbers and mountaineers continue their adventure to Mt. Everest. And from this vantage point, the famous flag cloud cannot escape from your eyes.
Everest Base Camp
The most beautiful valley on earth: Gama Valley
Located at the downstream of PumQu in Tingri county and Dinggye county, this valley is 55km from east to west and 8km from south to north, covering an area of 440km2. In this ecological various area, there are different types of forests, evergreen, half evergreen and other primeval forests. The most unusual type of forest is consisted with junipers, which cover a vast area of the virgin forest. Its ancient and majestic appearance makes you feel like travelling in ancient time. The wondrous Snow Mountains, wild flowers, wild animal.Tthere are waiting for you to discover. It is a true paradise for trekking. So if you like great scenic nature, why not just walk in it. But this place is no easy to arrive. The only transportation available is through yaks and horses. And this journey requires lots of energy and stamina, therefore if you decide to go there you need to have proper preparation both physically and mentally.
The famous Rongpuk Glacier is just 300 meters away from the Rongpuk Monastery and lies on the vast area between 5,300--6,300 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Everest. Formed with the western, central and far-eastern Rongpuk Glaciers, this giant glacial dragon stretches for 26 km, covering 1,500 square km, with the glacial tongue measuring 1.4-kilometer in average breadth. As the largest glacier inside the Mt. Everest State Natural Reserve, the Rongpuk Glacier is the world’s most fully developed and best preserved glacial wonder.
Rongbuk Temple locates at the top of Droma Mountain 5,800 meters above the sea level. As the world’s highest temple, it has a vantage view for the scenery of Golden Mountain.Built in 1899 by a Mongolian Lamaism lama Awang Tenzing Rob, it embraces a history of more than 100 years. With more than 20 palace halls, there used to have more than 600 monks and nuns at its prime time, now there are 11monks and 8 nuns. In the main hall, it serves the statue of Sakyamuni with other Buddha figures. Besides, the murals here also deserve further appreciation.
Best time to go to Mount Everest Base Camp
Due to the rather high altitude, Mount Everest is covered by snow all year round and the climate here is quite harsh. The most distinctive feature of the climate of EBC may be the extremely big temperature gap between day and night.
The best time to travel to EBC is from early March to the end of October. The climate will be relative good and the temperature is comparatively mild. But you should remember that it is quite cold at night (very likely below 0 °C even in summer), even though it can be warm (possibly around 10 °C ) in the daytime because of the sunshine.
Monthly Temperature of Everest Base Camp
Monthly Travel Advice
From January to March, Mt. Everest enjoys a very clear view at this time but is kind of cold. There may be some snows, so make sure you bring warm clothes and pay attention to the slippery roads.
From April to mid-June. This would be the best time to visit Mt. Everest for warm weather. Many mountaineers choose this period of time to climb Mt. Everest.
From mid-June to August. There will be a lot of rainfalls during these months. Mt. Everest may be covered by mist, so there are some possibilities that you cannot have a clear view of Mt. Everest.
From September to November. Winter comes. Weather at Mt. Everest is relatively harsh. Chances are that you may not see the summit of Mt. Everest clearly because of the cloudy climate.
Permits needed for Mt. Everest Travel
Generally speaking, if you want to travel to EBC, there are 3 documents in total you need to prepare: Chinese visa to enter China, Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet and Alien’s Travel Permit to visit EBC.
Chinese Visa: Before entering China, you need to apply for it through a Chinese Embassy in your home country or in a third one.
Tibet Travel Permit: This permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. You can only get it through qualified Tibet travel agencies.
Alien’s Travel Permit: Alien’s Travel Permit, or Aka Public Security Permit, is obtainable after you arrive in Lhasa.
If you are professional mountaineer for the peak of Mt. Everest, you need to get the Mountaineering License issued by Tibet Mountaineer Association. For detailed information, please see: Tibet Travel Permit.
Packing list of Everest Travel
Due to lack of infrastructure and harsh climate, before you go to Mt. Everest, you need to pack the following items before setting off your trip:
1. Permits and documents
As aforementioned, that there are several permits and documents you need to prepare for an Everest travel, please make sure you have them with you. Otherwise you are very likely to be declined to enter the Everest Nature Reserve.
2. Proper clothing
A down coat is essential even in summer. If you are planning a trip to Mt. Everest in summer, make sure you bring both summer and winter clothes, because you will spend several days in other places that are very cold. If you want to visit there in winter, however, just bring your warmest clothes. The most important piece of kit is a pair of hiking boots, which you will be thankful to when you want to trek. Make sure they are comfortable enough. For detailed information, please see: Clothing Tips for EBC Tour.
Diamox tablets: They can help you prevent symptoms of acute altitude sickness like headaches or dizziness. Cold cures: It would very troublesome if you catch a cold in Tibet. That’s also why you are not suggested to take shower the first day you arrive in Tibet.
4. Skin protection
Sunglasses and sun cream are always necessary, for the solar radiation is quite strong on the high plateau. It is also highly recommended to wear a hat and long-sleeved clothes, which can effectively protect you from being exposed under strong sunlight.
5. Food and drinks
It would be a good idea to bring some food, snacks and drinks with you, because it’s not always easy to find convenient stores throughout Tibet.
6. Camera, mobile phone and charger
You will find everywhere in Tibet is a film killer. Make sure your gears are fully charged.
In Tibet, only very big stores, restaurants and hotels in big cities such as Lhasa and Shigatse accept credit cards. It’s best that if you can prepare enough cash since ATMs are extremely rare in remote areas.
Trekking to Mt. Everest
The most classic trekking route to Mt. Everest is Tingri to EBC trek. It provides a challenging opportunity for you to experience the most authentic Tibet. You will accomplish 70km in 4 days on foot. The route goes through a high-elevation region, with altitudes ranging between 4400m and 5300m. See more details at: Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek. If you are planning this wonder trek, below are some useful trekking gears:
1. Trekking pole
It will be lifesaving when you suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Also it’s invaluable when ascending steep mountains.
2. Sleeping bag
You really need a warm sleeping bag when in Tibet because at night the temperature drops dramatically. A good sleep ensures you high spirits for the next trekking day.
3. Back bag
If you are carrying your own stuff, it’s really important to have a comfortable back bag. However, if you hire a porter, that would save you this trouble.
4. Other things we mentioned above
It’s never going to be enough even if we write 100 pages about Everest travel, but we have collected some FAQs from our customers. Please check them for the most useful EBC Travel Tips.