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Breathtaking Panorama of Mt.Everest: where to enjoy the incredible Himalayan vista?

November,13 2018 BY Lobsang Tsering 0 COMMENTS

With a peak at 8,844.43 meters above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It is also known as Qomolangma, which means “the Third Goddess” in the Tibetan Language. Mount Everest is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Fabulously, within 20 kilometers of Mt. Everest, there are more than 40 peaks at an altitude over 7,000 meters neighboring it, such as the famous Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. It is one of the top destinations for tourists traveling to Tibet. However, where to enjoy the incredible Himalayan vista in Tibet? Here are some tips given by our Tibet travel guide.

Top Places to Enjoy the Panorama of Mt.Everest in Tibet

The classic Lhasa to EBC tour gives you a perfect chance to unveil the imposing panorama of Great Himalayas, esp. Mt. Everest. Right after you enter Mt. Everest National Reserve in Tingri, the lofty Mt. Everest and Himalayan Range begin to display their full beauty. Along the way, you will pass famous Gawu La Pass (5,198m), widely known as the best place to enjoy the top 4 highest peaks along the Himalayas; then the next ideal vantage point for Mt. Everest comes at Rongbuk Monastery (5,154m). You can use the photogenic Rongbuk Monastery as the foreground to shoot Mt. Everest. If you prefer the close-up view of the world’s highest mountain, keep walking from Rongbuk Monastery to the tented area of EBC (5,200m) will reward you with a sweeping view of the entire north face of Mt. Everest.

Gawu La Pass (5,198m) - the best place to enjoy the Himalayan vista

The Gawu La Pass, with an altitude of 5,198 meters, is located in the way to Everest Base Camp. To a large extent, Gawu La Pass could be the most spectacular view point to view snow-covered mountains in the world. At this pass, you are able to see four snow-capped mountains with an average altitude over 8,000 meters. From the left to right: Makalu (8,463 meters, the 5th highest mountain in the world), Lhotse (8,516 meters, the 4th highest peak in the world), Mt Everest (8,844.43 meters, the world's highest peak), and Cho Oyu (8,210 meters, the 6th highest peak in the world). Not far from the pass, you can see the 14th highest peak in the world - Shishapangma with an altitude of 8,012 meters. In addition to many spectacular snowy mountains and winding roads, the scenery here is absolutely worth visiting.

Gawu La PassOur clients are taking photo in the background of snow-capped Himalayas at Gawu La Pass.

Rongbuk Monastery (5,154m) - the optimum distance to enjoy Mt.Everest

Rongbuk Monastery with an altitude of 5, 154 meters is the world’s highest Buddhist monastery. It lies near the base of the north face of Mount Everest, at the end of the Dzakar Chu valley at Basum Township in Tingri County of Shigatse. Just above the monastery, there is an excellent viewpoint that offers a panoramic vista of the monastery and the unobstructed view of Everest’s North Face.

Rongbuk MonasteryEnjoying a breathtaking view of the majestic Mt. Everest from the world’s highest Rongbuk Monastery.

Founded in 1902, it is part of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The most special thing is that it houses both monks and nuns, which is quite different from other monasteries in Tibet. Rongbuk Monastery had been used by monks and hermits for meditation for over 400 years. There are countless meditation caves in the Rongbuk Valley. It’s said that Guru Rinpoche used to make the mediation here. You can have a walk from the monastery to the caves and spend some time meditating there.

EBC (5,200m) - at the foot of Mount Everest, the closest place to enjoy Mount Everest

Everest Base Camp is located in two places, North Base Camp at 5,200 m height in Tibet and South Base Camp at 5,364 meters height in Nepal. Since it’s only 19 kilometers away from Mount Everest, Tibet North Base Camp becomes more popular among tourists to enjoy a clear, sweeping view of the Everest summit. After you getting to the EBC, one of the biggest highlight is to enjoy the fabulous natural wonder on the Mt. Everest - the white snow, sunrise, sunset, clouds, etc.

Everest Base CampEverest Base Camp is the closest place to appreciate the grand Mt. Everest in Tibet.

Insider Tips: From Everest Base Camp, the Himalayan appears like a silver pyramid with snow and ice covering around the year. You also can stay overnight at the Everest Base Camp to see the amazing sunset and sunrise from the top of the world. Moreover, travelers can tour Tibet North Base Camp by tour vehicle or cycling. However, the South Everest Base Camp in Nepal can only be reached by trekking.

Travel in the Right Way for the Breathtaking Panorama of Mt.Everest

Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour is a highly rewarding overland trip on Friendship Highway between Tibet and Nepal for it offers the most of Tibet's main historical sights, holy ancient monasteries as well as the splendid natural scenery of the great Himalayas. When you get into the Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, you can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass. Then you will drive along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp. And you can get closer to gaze at the Mt. Everest peak. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the trip to Everest Base Camp will be a lifetime memory to overcome yourself and get closer to the top of the world.

map of sino nepal highway(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway Map

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour

In this Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour, you can follow the Friendship Highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa. On the way, you can enjoy the spectacular snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests. If you have not viewed the superb landscape of Himalayas in Nepal, the beautiful scenery of Everest Base Camp in Tibet cannot be ignored. You can make a detour to drive 100 kilometers south of Friendship Highway to visit long-awaited Everest Base Camp on the Tibet north face. You can also explore the world’s highest Buddhist monastery - Rongbuk Monastery. Then, exploring the mysterious Tibet tour begins here.

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or the other way around

Flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa is an ideal choice if you are cramped for time but overly eager to hit this mysterious land -- Lhasa. It usually takes you about 1 hours 30 minutes to fly over the Himalayas with the panoramic view of Mt.Everest on your left side. In peak season, there are flights to Lhasa every day. Nevertheless, in low season, there are flights to Lhasa only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Therefore, if you are planning fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you are expected to book the flight tickets in advance.

Insider tips: Compared with the flight, from Kathmandu to Lhasa by land is more flexible. In this way, you can have a closer view of Mt. Everest, which cannot be miss in your Kathmandu Lhasa travel.

Trek to EBC in both Tibet and Nepal

Situated in the Mahalangur range, the international border between Tibet and Nepal runs over the summit point. On either side of the mountain is the Nepalese and Tibetan Base Camp. The camp in Nepal holds an altitude of 5,364 meters, while the Tibetan camp is slightly lower at 5,200 meters. The lure of the magnificent mountains and valleys draw in trekkers all over the world every year. For many travelers, there is nowhere else on earth that can bring peace and tranquility as well as the sense of achievement that an EBC trek gives. The trek to EBC becomes one of the world’s best trekking routes in both Tibet and Nepal. It will offer a multitude of trekking options and hiking trails to you and bring you closer to nature with their stunning beauty and spectacular landscapes.

The road from Lhasa to Rongbuk Monastery keeps in good condition with asphalt. So it becomes much easier for travllers to take EBC trek in Tibet. Moreover, the north slope of Everest Base Camp in Tibet is built on the flat gravel, surrounded by mountains on both sides. The mountain is relatively stable. Hence, there are almost no avalanches or rockfalls.

And for people who are adventurous, the 70 kilometers trek from Old Tingri to EBC could be the best option. It just takes four or five days. And you can camp for three or four nights during the trekking. On the way to the base camp, you will pass through some of the stunning valleys, explore the holy ancient monasteries and see some of the world’s highest mountains.

On the Way to EBCOn the way to EBC, let’s take a picture with the magnificent Mt. Everest.

EBC trekking in Nepal, undoubtedly, is not so easy for travelers. Can we do that? Of course, it can be done. When you arrive at the EBC, I believe it will give you a sense of achievement that only comes from doing something few people can do. You can fly directly from Kathmandu to the base camp on the south slope of Mount Everest by helicopter. The journey takes only about 2 hours. But the cost is very high.

What's more, if you start the EBC trek from Kathmandu (1,400 meters), you need to take a flight to Lukla (2,860 meters) and trek towards the South Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters). It requires you for more time to adapt to sudden altitude ascent. During your trekking, you will visit the beautiful and vibrant town of Namche Bazaar and Lukla, Tengboche Monastery, Gokyo Lake, etc. In addition, the panoramic views of several snow-capped peaks, like Makalu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, can be easily observed.

In brief, you can not miss the breathtaking panorama of Mt. Everest when you travel in Shigatse. The world’s hightest peak is located on the border between China and Nepal, about 385 kilometers from Shigatse. You can enjoy the incredible Himalayan vista in Tibet from Gawu La Pass, Rongbuk Monastery, and the Everest Base Camp. If you prefer an EBC trekking tour to enjoy the panorama of Mt. Everest, you can trek from both Tibet and Nepal to EBC. And if you have any other questions about Mt. Everest tour, please feel free to contact us about more details.

Lobsang Tsering

About the Author - Lobsang Tsering

I am a tour guide in Tibet an was Born in Kham Tibet, I am the father of 2 little girls, bachelor's degree. I have more than 7-years experience of being a tour guide in Tibet. I am a warm, friendly, knowledgeable and attractive guy.

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