Visit Everest Base Camp, Tibet
China › Everest Base Camp - Tibet
Added by John Maurizi
Great views of Mount Everest from Tibet!
Surprise! You are now at what the Chinese call Everest Base Camp. Probably the most misleading part of advertising to see Mount Everest, travel agents and guides will not tell you this is a military outpost. A large part of the people going to see Everest from the north are tourist, not mountain climbers. So they really don't know the difference. A base camp is the initial camp and operational camp for support climbers when making an attempt on a large mountain such as Everest.
The only thing here is a few military camps, an undefined stone building and a few toilets. You can only arrive by bus (cost 20rmb) from the tent city, or you can walk 30 minutes. when you arrive, you are met by military enlisted personnel that describe what you can and cannot do. You cannot walk past the prayer flags that are tied from the stone building to the small hill on the right. They also make it very clear not to hold up any type of flag for photos. Not sure what would happen if you held up the Stars and Stripes for photo.
You can stay as long as you like as long as you catch the last bus back to tent city, which is 8pm. You can also walk back to camp on the road if you like. Unfortunately you cannot explore the hill side for better angles.
- Light hiking shoes
- Hat and sun block
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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Highlight of our Tibet trip
After spending a week and a half trekking up to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the effortless drive on the north side to the Tibetan EBC was a real treat. For climbers, this side of the mountain is notorious for its high winds - and tourists will get to experience those too, just from the lookout point. I've heard all sorts of good and bad about the Chinese control of Everest access, hopefully the next time I visit here I'll have a climbing permit in hand.
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