The Base Camp is a small flat piece of land in front of the north face of Mount Everest. It is at an altitude of 5200m and many people might experience difficulties with the high altitude. Located at the border between China and Nepal, Mt. Qomolangma (also known as the Mt. Everest) with its north slope belongs to China and the south one to Nepal. The peak has been a dreaming attraction for world’ s mountaineers. Recently more and more mountaineers start off from the Base Camp trying to conquer the world’s highest peak while travelers trek to the foot of the peak to enjoy its beauty through their own eyes. Around Mt. Everest, there are four peaks above 8,000 meters high, including Mt. Makarluh, Gosanthain, Zhuoyo, Shishabanma and other 14 peaks above 7,000 meters, which form a soul-stirring picture of Mt. Qomolangma natural scenery area.
Mt. Everest Base Camp, refers to the protection zone set up to protect the Everest core environment, located in 5200 meters above sea level, about 19 km with the linear distance of Mt. Everest. Here are tents for the climbers and tourists, and hotels, cafes, shops and even post office; in front of the door are solar panels, providing lighting at night. Climbers after having a break in base camp can continue their journey to climb Mount Everest. Mt. Everest Base Camp is located in the south of Rongbuk Monastery, surrounded by a group of tents hotels, and a national flag and Mt. Everest protection zone flag in the middle. Mt. Everest Base Camp is mainly to provide tourist accommodation, and there is toilet and tent post office, which is the highest elevation of the post office. In addition to the two modern civilization public toilets, there are no permanent buildings. In early April every year to the end of May, it is the best opportunity to climb Mt. Everest, therefore, during this period, there are many climber from different place around the world. Group of world famous brand outdoor colorful tents scattered at the stronghold of the earth in the open, which is spectacular.
The approximate elevations of each of the camps are:
Base Camp – 17,500ft (5,400 m)
Camp 1 – 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Camp 2 – 21,300 ft (6,500 m)
Camp 3 – 24,000 ft (7,400 m)
Camp 4 – 26,000 ft (8,000 m)
Summit – 29,035 ft (8,850 m)
What to See Around Mount Everest Base Camp
Rongbuk Monastery, located in Droma Mountain top of Rongbuk ditch east and west side, on the south of Mount Everest, Basong township Tingri county Shigatse area in Tibet, is 90 km from county resident, elevation 5154 meters, which is the world’s highest temple, so it has the excellent and wonderful scenery.
Rongbuk Monastery belongs to Tibet Nyingma temple, is a mixed temple of monks and nuns with rich local characteristics. Rongbuk Monastery was built in 1899, built by Mongolian Lamaism lama Ngawang Tenzin Robu, located at the northern foot of Mt. Everest Rongbuk glacier terminal, elevation 5154 meters, about 20 km from Mt. Everest summit. Monastery divided into old and new two sites, the old temple is located in the 3 km south of the new temple, near Mount Everest, and there still exist practice hole that padmasambhava master cultivated himself according to religious doctrine, as well as with the lotus green footprints of stone and stone tower, etc. New temple was built in 1902, Rongbuk Monastery had large scale that had a dozen temples, some in Nepal, later because of historical reasons have been destroyed. Nowadays the main monastery has eight affiliated small temple, including a nunnery. Because of the Rongbuk Monastery is about 20 kilometers away from to the top of Mount Everest, so here has become the base camp for climbers climbing from the north slope of Mt. Everest. From here to see the south, it is an excellent location filming Mount Everest. Around the Rongbuk Monastery is a circumambulation. Before the hall is a stage with carved beams and painted rafters, every important holiday, local people will come here to see the lama put on a play. The building of the monastery in 1983 experienced a large-scale constructed.
【Memorial at an altitude of 5200 meters】
Memorial at an altitude of 5200 meters is located in the 4 km south of Mt. Everest base camp, need to take eco-friendly car or on foot. Before reaching the memorial, there are armed polices guarded to give some warnings to the tourists.
“Everest leveling monument” designed by Tashi Dorji of the Tibet autonomous region bureau of surveying and mapping. The monument is 2.4 meters high, 1.2 meters wide, 0.2 meters thick, stele base is 0.95 meters tall, and its body is total 3.35 meters high. Created by the whole piece of granite, the overall shape of monument looks like Everest shape, carved with characters of “Everest leveling monument” in Han, Tibetan, and English three languages.
Mt. Everest is located in the middle of the Himalayas, on the border between China and Nepal, the south of Tingri county, Shigatse region of Tibet. To hitchhike from Shigatse and Lhatse to New Tingri is not difficult, but the rest trip of 100 kilometers to the base camp, it is hard to get a chance to hitchhike, so suggest chartering a car from Lhasa or Shigatse.
Before leaving new Tingri, go through the formalities in a hotel in new Tingri crossing road. The vehicle entered into the range of Mt. Everest need to submit highway construction fee according to the number of wheels, each wheel costs 100 yuan. Walk along China-Nepal highway for 11 kilometers and you will see Everest reserve sign on the left, from now on there is no asphalted road.
【Chinese Name】: 珠穆朗玛峰大本营 （briefly called 珠峰大本营）
【Recommended Visiting Time】: 4 days
【Best time to travel】: from April to June and from September to October is the best time for climbing Mt. Everest
【How to get to Mt. Everest Base Camp】: driving from Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery you must stop, and then transfer to carriage or walk 7 km to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Now the vehicle can drive to base camp directly.