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Tibetan Mount Everest Travel

 Mount Everest 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.

Brief Introduction of Mount Everest

Mt. Everest (also known as Mt. Qomolangma in Tibet), the world's highest mountain with an 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) height, is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, the international border 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.

Mt. Everest is not only grand but also epic. In a range of 20km from it, there are more than 40 mountains with the 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 travelers. Thus some believe the most attractive wonder is the floating cloud above the mountain. For it shapes like a flag on top of the mountain, this kind of cloud is called flag cloud.

In fact, one will be immersed in the vastly different alpine natural scenery and visits some excellent cultural heritage sites on the way to Mount Everest. At the same time, experiencing the glorious Tibetan Culture will make one have a deep awareness of this holy Buddhist place. So if you really love travel, especially in nature, feast your eyes on the scenery along the road to Mount Everest.

Attractions in Everest Trek

If you choose to trek to Mount Everest, there are three different trekking routes in Tibet, and generally, people will start from Tingri to EBC, Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp are the must-see attractions. The second is Gama Valley trekking in the eastern slope of Mt. Everest. There you can visit the Gama Valley, “the most beautiful valley in the world”, from which you can have a vantage point to enjoy the vista of snow mountains and glacier only at a price of raising your head. It is a true paradise for trekking. The third trekking route is from Everest Base Camp to Advance Base Camp. No matter which you choose to trek, the attractions along the route also will not let you down.

Attractions of the Classic Trek from Tingri to EBC

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.

 Rongbuk Monastery Our clients were taking photos with Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery is located at the top of Droma Mountain 5,800 meters above the sea level. As the world’s highest temple, it has a vantage view of 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.

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 was 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.

Attractions of Gama Valley Trekking

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 440km. In this ecological various area, there are different types of forests, evergreen, half-evergreen and other primeval forests. The most unusual type of forest consists of junipers, which cover a vast area of the virgin forest. Its ancient and majestic appearance makes you feel like traveling in ancient time. The wondrous snow mountains, wildflowers, wild animal 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.

 Gama Vally Gama Valley Trekking will lead you to travel in a picturesque world

Attractions of Mount Everest Advance Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest Advance Base Camp is the highest that one can visit Mount Everest without a climbing permit, and is absolutely the most challenging one. When trekking to ABC, you will have a chance to pay a visit to the Rongbuk Glacier. The famous Rongbuk Glacier is just 300 meters away from the Rongbuk 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 Rongbuk 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. And on those glaciers, there are various seracs, majestic ice cliffs, adventurous cracks, and even thrilling avalanches.

 Mount Everest Advance Base Camp Trek Mount Everest Advance Base Camp Trek

Best Time to Go to 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. As we all know, the temperature and weather of Nepal and Tibet are different, so the best time to visit Mount Everest is also distinct.

The best time to travel to EBC in Tibet is from early March to the end of October. The climate will be relatively 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. For further details, you can refer to the weather and climate of EBC in Tibet, or contact travel agency, like Tibet Vista to learn more information.

Monthly Temperature of Everest Base Camp

Months Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Max Temperature(°C) 4 4 7 10 15 17 16 16 17 12 7 4
Min Temperature(°C) -17 -15 -12 -5 0 5 8 6 2 -7 -12 -15

Monthly Travel Advice for EBC Tour

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.

Notice:
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:

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.

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 for when you want to trek. Make sure they are comfortable enough. For detailed information, please see Clothing Tips for EBC Tour.

Medicine

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.

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 to strong sunlight.

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.

Camera, Mobile Phone, and Charger

You will find everywhere in Tibet is a film killer. Make sure your gears are fully charged.

Cash

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 Gears

If you are planning this wonderful 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.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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