Mount Everest and Base Camp
Best time to visit Base Camp
The best time to climb Mount Everest is in early May, before the monsoon season. May, June, September and October are the ideal months to go to Mount Everest, without much rain and cold.
Mid-October to November is a great time to enjoy the view from the summit in clear, dry weather. For photographers, April is better, as it is the best time to capture the flag-shaped cloud floating above the summit.
Where is Mount Everest located
In the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China), its north side belongs to China and the south side belongs to Nepal.
Around Mount Everest, there are three peaks that exceed 8,000 meters, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, and 14 peaks that exceed 7,000 meters, which make up the stunning view of the natural landscape of Mount Everest.
The minimum temperature at the peak is 30-40 ° C below zero, but the freezing wind can make you feel an even lower temperature! Furthermore, the oxygen on the peak is only 25% of that present at sea level. Strong winds create snowdrifts, making the mountain even more lethal.
In the area above 7,500 meters it is coldest in February, with an average of -27 ° C, it is warmest in August, with an average of -20 ° C.
The Tibetan base camp is not as cold or bleak, being more than 3,000 meters below the snow line, with daytime temperatures above freezing from spring to fall.
Guide to the highest mountain in the world
- Mount Everest Chinese: Zhūmùlǎngmǎfēng / Giu-mu-lang-ma feng /
- Tibetan: Chomolungma (“Mother Goddess of snow”)
- Nepalese: Sagarmatha (“God of Heaven”)
- Location: on the border between Tibet (China) and Nepal;
- the Tibetan side is located in Dingri County
- Height: 8,844 meters Everest Base Camp in Tibet: altitude 5,180 meters
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at 8,844 meters above sea level. It is considered the holy grail of mountaineers and is revered by the Tibetan and Nepalese people.
An ever-increasing number of climbers make expeditions to conquer the highest peak in the world, while many tourists go to the foot of the peak to admire its beauty and magnificence.
Visit the Tibetan Everest Base Camp: how to get there
If departing from Lhasa, take a bus (10 hours) or train (2 hours) to Shigatse, then a private vehicle to base camp (12 hours) via Dingri and Rongbuk Monastery (the tallest religious building in the world).
Most people decide to stay in Shigatse before climbing Mount Everest, as there is a limited number of hotels in Dingri (120km / 3hrs from Base Camp). The Rongbuk Monastery Hotel is located 3 km north of the monastery.
Mount Everest Tibetan Base Camp consists of a few tents and huts, 5km south of Rongbuk Monastery. One option would be to stay overnight at the campsite.
Travel permits required
To enter Tibet and travel throughout Tibet, travel permits are required. In addition to the Tibet Entry Permit, a travel permit for foreigners is required to travel to Mount Everest.
NOTE: It usually takes about 5 working days to apply for permits, so it is advisable to apply for entry into Tibet for dates not earlier than:
April 5th by train (Use the scanned copy of the permit). April 10 by plane (It takes a few more days for mail to be delivered, as original permits must be checked).
Physical Preparation Before Departure
Before visiting Mount Everest, make sure you are in good health. Consult a doctor before embarking on the journey. Mount Everest is not recommended for anyone suffering from asthma, high blood pressure, or similar conditions.
Exercise before departure to avoid or reduce altitude sickness and to acclimate to Lhasa (3,650m) and Shigatse (3,800m). Dingri (4,300m) is a great place to stop and acclimatize further, in case you get sick on the way from Shigatse.