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Mt. Everest Base Camp

Mt. Everest Base Camps, Tibet ToursTwo base camps are located on opposite sides of Mt. Everest (Everest Mountain): to the South in Nepal, and to the North in Tibet, China. Located at the altitude of 5,360 m/17,600 ft is South Base Camp in Nepal, and at 5,208 m/17,090 ft is the North Base Camp in Tibet. These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.

To the South Base Camp, expeditions usually fly into Lukla (2,860 m) from Kathmandu and pass through Namche Bazaar. Mountain climbers then hike to Base Camp, which usually takes six to eight days, allowing for proper altitude acclimatization in order to prevent altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness). Climbing equipments and supplies are carried by yaks, dzopkyos (yak hybrids) and human porters to Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier.

Mt. Everest Base Camps, Tibet ToursThe North Base Camp has vehicle access from Lhasa via Shigatse (Xigaze). It is just located below the Khumbu Glacier (or Rongbuk Glacier), where is a gravel plain. Climbers typically rest there for several days for acclimatization; to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness. This base camp consists of long line of tents with food, blankets, oxygen cylinders and light. For most common visitors, they usually get there by car (but these years, some are crazy about trekking and cycling), and they just want to have a long distance view of the mighty and saint Mountain Everest.

Visit to the North (Tibet-side) Base Camp required a permit from the Chinese government, above and beyond the permit required to visit Tibet itself. At this time such permits could be arranged relatively easily via travel companies/agencies in Lhasa, typically as part of a travel package that included hiring a vehicle, driver, and translator. Road access to the North Base Camp may be obtained from a road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway.

The treks to Base Camps on both sides of the Mount Everest are the most popular trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet, China and are done by thousands of trekkers each year.

Mt. Everest Base Camps, Tibet Tours

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Tips for trekking to the Everest Base Camps:

1. The best travel time to the Everest Base Camps is from April to June or from September to October.

2. If you visit the North Camp, only can you find a small restaurant on the road, which is located in the Khumbu Monastery (It has the highest sea level in the world), is the closest restaurant (8 km) to the Mt. Everest. The food is not good and so expensive. Of course, from there you can also have a long distance view to the mountain (Below is the Khumbu Monastery).

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Questions & Comments

  • Lu on April 26, 2013, 9:19 am

    Hi Paul, Our travel consultant will email you soon. Please check your email inbox for details.

  • Paul on April 25, 2013, 12:44 am

    Hi, I am intending to travel to Beijing via the Trans-siberian railway from moscow sometime in September/October 2013 and then travel to Lhasa from Beijing via train. Can you help me with the following: 1 - is it possible to join a travelling party from China who are going to everest base camp on the train from Beijing to Lhasa? Would they arrange the entry visas for me? Could you send me their email address please so I can make arrangements? 2 - after my trip to everest base camp, how do I get to Khatmandu from Lhasa? Is there any form of transportation I can access? I hope to hear from you soon. Paul Cleverly (UK)

  • Kan Crish on February 21, 2013, 11:49 am

    We are planning to go to Everest North Base Camp on May 2013(Is May is good period for travel?). We have a group around 6-8 and traveling period around 5-6 days. Our funds are limited. We do not mind traveling thru Mini bus, along with other tourist...but quote for both 1) Mini bus & 4 WD personal vehicle with tour guide speaking English. What would the cost be per person? I look forward to your prompt reply

  • YY Pang on November 29, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Can someone tell me is the (Tibet)North Everest base camp closed during this time ? Or closed since when and if yes when will it reopen ?

  • Ripple on April 27, 2012, 10:29 am

    Hello Kat kirtz, please check your email for the trip arrangement and cost asap. Thank you for your kind inquiry.

  • Kat kirtz on April 25, 2012, 9:00 pm

    My daughter and two sons will be working at an orphanage in Kathmandu for two weeks in November. It has been a twenty year dream of mine to go to Everest Base Camp. Our funds are extremely limited. If we fly directly to Lhasa would it be possible to join a group for a much shorter trip to base camp and then on to Kathmandu? Like five or six days? What would the cost be per person? I look forward to your prompt reply as we are trying to get things nailed down. Namaste!r

  • Ripple on April 10, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Hello Martin, one of our travel experts have sent you an email, please check it asap.

  • Martin on April 10, 2012, 3:22 am

    Hello I am interested in a return trip from Lhasa to the Everest North Base Camp, in December this year. Is it possible to make the trip at that time of year? Please could you get in contact to discuss details? Many thanks Martin

  • Ripple on February 17, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Hi Mayur Shah, my colleague, Leon sent you an email for your trip yesterday, please talk with him for the quotation and the detailed itinerary. Thanks for your kind inquiry.

  • Mayur Shah on February 16, 2012, 1:57 pm

    We are planning to visit Tibet for @ 20 days. Drive over land from Khatmandu to Lhasa via Everest base camp,Singaste & Gynste. 1) Everest base camp....one full day...2 nights near Rombuke monestry. 2) 3 nights at Singaste... 3) 2 nights at Gynste. 4) 10 daays at Lhasa. than by train to Chogging..China. We prefer Twin/double bed room with attached bathroom...running hot & cold water & european W.C...we cannot use sqote type toilet.Heater must for room. We do not mind travelling thru Mini bus, along with other tourist...but qoute for both 1) Mini bus & 4 WD personal vehical with tour guide speaking english. We are 2-3 family members can sleep in one room. Pl. qoute. Mayur Shah

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