Many people dream of climbing Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, although reaching the summit might be out of your reach you can take a trekking tour in Tibet and reach the Mt. Everest Base Camp or even Camp 2 and 3. While getting to Everest you’ll also enjoy many sites along the way.
There are two Everest Base Camps, one on the Nepal side of the mountain and the other in Tibet. The North Base Camp in Tibet is used as a setting off point for climbers on their way up the mountain. It is the last chance to replenish supplies and regroup before scaling the Northeast ridge of the mountain. With an altitude of 5,150 meters the Everest Base Camp is also a good place for climbers to stop for a while and let their bodies acclimatize before facing even higher altitudes and risking altitude sickness. During the summer the North Everest Base camp is accessible by 4X4 vehicles. At the North Everest Base Camp there is a distinction between facilities for tourists and facilities for serious climbers. The tourist base camp is between Rongbuk Monastery and the climbers’ base camp which is further up the mountain at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.
Travelers to the North Everest Base Camp require a permit, in addition to a Tibet visa; this permit must be arranged by the tour company in Lhasa which plans to take you on your journey to Everest. A tent village has been established at the Everest Base camp to accommodate tourists, in addition there are tea houses and pit toilets.
Trekking Tours to Everest Base Camp
On a 15 day organized tour of this kind you will get to see the city of Lhasa including the Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Barkhor Market before heading out towards Gyantse Kumbhum Monastery as you pass the Nanchan Kangtsang Glacier and the Yamdrok-yutso Lake. The tour will take you to Sakya Monastery and Lhatse, before heading for the Mount Everest Base Camp. After a night in Rongpuk tent Guest House the group walks to the Base Camp. On route to Camp 1 you’ll pass the Rongpuk Glacier and explore this area as your body adjusts to the high altitude. From Camp 1 there is more scenic trekking to reach the Interim Camp and from there passed the Changste Glacier the group moves further up the mountain. Towards the end of the trekking tour the group reaches Camp 3 which is only 2400 meters from the top of Everest. After enjoying the surroundings the group slowly makes their way back to Lhasa.
On a 12 trekking tour the group takes a different route, this time via Old Tingri, through the Tingri plain and Ra-chu Valley. After a night in Lunthang the group gets into serious hiking as they make their way to the top of Lamna La where the night is spent in a tent. The tour continues into sparsely populated areas for a night in the small village of Zommug before moving on to the Rongphu Monastery and a hike to the Everest Base Camp. On the return journey the tour stops at the Xiqian hot springs.