This is a continuation of my previous post “Tibet: Om Mani Padme Hum“.
There are actually two Everest Base Camps on the opposite sides of Mount Everest: the South Base Camp in Nepal and the North Base Camp in Tibet.
Follow the journey to the North Base Camp in 21 photos.
“I wanted to be an explorer, but gradually found the world had been explored and that there was nowhere left, really. Once they climbed Everest in 1953, when I was 10 years old, I thought, ‘Well, that’s pretty much it now.’ But the idea of travelling and exploring and adventure was very strong.” – Michael Palin
Just a glimpse of the Himalayan chain on the Tibetan side. Few days on the road gaining altitude and hardly getting adapted to the rarefied air. Lot of sleep in the bus!
It is quite different from the Nepalese side of Himalaya where I spent 6 days trekking in Annapurna.
“Qomolangma” is the Tibetan name for Mount Everest.
Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world (5,000 meters) and the starting point to reach the North Base Camp.
Basic accommodation at Thingri Snow Land Hotel. A truly nightmare, not being able to cope with the reduced oxygen in the air.
Early morning wake up for 8 km trekking to the Base Camp.
Passing by the “tourist Base Camp”…
The base camp was empty at the time of my trip in November. The best time to climb Everest is in the Spring, April – May, when the plateau in front of the Rongbuk glacier is occupied by tents from international expeditions.
Going back to Rongbuk via the “tourist Base Camp”. “Hotels” and tea houses in tents.
A trip to Tibet is highly recommended. It can be exhausting and the high altitude affects people in different ways, but the views are breathtaking and the experience is unforgettable.
“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” – Jeffrey Rasley