- See Khumbu for the Nepalese side of the mountain.
Mt Qomolangma is the world's highest peak at 8,850m.
Wigh the 8,848.13 high peak, Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, located at the border between China and Nepal. Some call it "Qomolangma" which means "Mother Goddess of the Earth" in Tibet language. Mt Everest has two base camps: South Base Camp ( 5,364m ) in Nepal and North Base Camp ( 5,150m ) in Tibet.
- Flag CloudThe highest point of Mt. Everest is covered by white snow all the year around. When the dazzling sunshine on the snow mountain, the peak is just like a white pyramid miraculously transferred by the Goddess. With the thick freely moving clouds and fogs, it looks like as if a flag, with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak, which is known as "Flag Cloud".
- Bright Glaciers
The bright Glaciers are amazing. When ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others. You can also find miles of efflorescent rock physiognomy there, such as stalagmites, stelae, stone sword and stone pagodas.
- Wild Animals and Plants
Mt. Everest has been built as a national natural reserves, in which live thousands of kinds of plants, varieties of wild animals. Most of them are precious and rare, such as snow leopard, redwood, etc.
Flora and faunaEdit
- In the winter, except rock, there is no other grass in winter.
- But in the rainy season, there is some small and short grass.
The best season to visit is May to October, but the peak is often covered in clouds from July to August. Clear weather make a great chance to see the true face of the highest peak. Try to avoid the period from November to February because of the extreme cold. Snow can be found on the Tingri Route around October. Read the weather and climate of Tibet to choose great months to visit Mount Qomolangma.
Of course, the best way to enter into Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve is to join into a group. There are two treking routes as well as an access road for Land Cruisers (which can be arranged in Lhasa or Shigatse).
- Peruche Route - Shelkar - Checkpoint on Friendship Hwy - 200m after 5145km Marker on Friendship Hwy - Chay Village - Pang La Pass - Peruche Village - Paksum village - Choesang Village - Rongbuk Monastery - Jomolangma (Everest) Base Camp (this route mainly follows the roadway to Base Camp from the Friendship Hwy)
- Tingri Route - Tingri - Lungjang Village - Lamma La Pass - Zommug Village - Rongbuk Monastery - Jomolangma (Everest) Base Camp (recommend a guide for this trek, 4 days arrangement for is OK)
Permits cost ¥65 per person and ¥405 per vehicle and can be purchased at Shelkar, Tingri or Chay Village. The sentence above is wrong. Actually, the Tibet Travel Permit is free to apply for when visitors entrust a Tibet local travel agency to do the applicant from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. If you need to get the Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit to Mt. Everest, you can search these local tour operator company: Tibet Travel Expert Service, TibetCtrip Travel Service, They can arrange your permit for free.
There is two ways to get into the Park. On July 1, 2015, the Zongqu road from Tingri to Rongbu Monastery was paved asphalt, which shorten the driving from 4 hours to 2 hours.
- Rongbuk Monastery (Dzarongpu Gompa) - located at the foot of the glaciers on north face of Mt Jomolangma, highest monastery in the world.
- Jomolangma (Everest) Base Camp - start location for climbers up the north side of Mt. Jomolangma.
Except seeing the Flag Cloud, Bright Glaciers, Rongbuk Monastery, some visitors also want to trek and climb on this highest peak. It takes about 5 days to climb to the ABC of Mt. Everst. Day 1: Trek from Everest Base Camp (5200m) to Base 1 (5460m); Day 2: Trek to Trek to Interim Camp (5760M) Day 3: Trek to Camp 2 (5970M) Day 4: Trek to ABC (6340M) and return to Camp 2 Day 5: Return to Rongpuk Monastery
There is no shop in Mount Everest Base Camp. But you can buy alkaline mineral water and Master Kang Noodle from the host of the local tents. Usually, the price is two times as much as that in Shigatse.
Food is available at Benba Guesthouse in Tashidzom and the Snowman Hotel in Pasum. The main food are fine dried noodles and instant noodles.
There is hot water in the tents lodging area. But if you think it’s not clean, you can bring some mineral water and drink it after boiled there. As it’s too cold on Mt. Everest.
Staying at private houses is the most common practice. At Rongbuk Monastery, lodging is available but bring your own food.
Lodging in tents is available at Jomolangma (Everest) Base Camp. Picking a good tent can sometimes be an issue. There is no problem when there is no snowfall. Some tents are not maintained well and get leaks when the snow melts.
There are many local tents which are owned by the local Tibetans. See the EBC Tent Guestroom.
There are two lodging places for your choice. One is the tents accommodation in Everest Base Camp, which is most chosen by the skilled mountaineers who will climb Mt. Everest the next day and those lay people who are into an Everest Base Camp Tour. The condition is very poor, no bath, no toilet in the room. It costs CNY 40-60 per bed.
Another is the guesthouse in Rongbuk Monastery, which is near the Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world, also the best viewing deck for appreciating Mt. Everest.
Note: You can bring a sleeping bag if you especially focus on the cleanliness of bed.
Don't worry about your safety when you staying in the local tent. The local Tibetans are not only passionate, but honest. In the everening, the temperature is too low, and they will fire the yak dung to warm the customer from a far place. When you leave from their tent, we hope you can give some tips to them in addition to board and lodging expenses.
- 1. You can get mobile phone reception at tent camp and Base Camp. If you want to scare your friends, just make a call.
- 2. If you want to spend the night at the tent camp, you can rent one. The owners would offer you simple meals and drinks.
- 3. You can also stay at the Rongpuk Monastery Guesthouse. It provides reasonable dorms and private rooms.
- 4. Bring some warm clothes with you. The temperature there is freezing.
- 5. Be careful of the altitude sickness. Try not to do extremely intense exercises and sports.
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