Everest Base Camp Tibet

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

In 2010 I took an amazing trip by air from Kathmandu to Lhasa, and overland from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp – via Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk – and back to Kathmandu via Zhangmu.

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.

Up to the North Base Camp

“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

Himalaya

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.

Himalaya

Himalaya postcard

Tibetan shrine

Tibetan shrine

Green Jade Lake

Green Jade Lake

People and Villages

Tibetan man and yak

Tibetan man and yak

Tibetan house courtyard

Tibetan house courtyard

Gyantse village

Gyantse village

Tibetan Mastiff dog and his owner

Tibetan Mastiff dog and his owner

Qomolangma Nature Preserve

“Qomolangma” is the Tibetan name for Mount Everest.

Qomolangma National Nature Preserve entrance

Qomolangma (Everest) National Nature Preserve entrance

Adventure in Himalaya

Adventurers in Himalaya

Himalaya road

Difficult road

Rongbuk

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world (5,000 meters) and the starting point to reach the North Base Camp.

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery

Basic accommodation at Thingri Snow Land Hotel. A truly nightmare, not being able to cope with the reduced oxygen in the air.

Thingri Snow Land Hotel

One night in thin air at Thingri Snow Land Hotel

Everest Base Camp

The Ascent

Early morning wake up for 8 km trekking to the Base Camp.

Morning ascent to the North Base Camp

Ascent to the North Base Camp. View of the Everest peak (8,848 m) in the background.

Passing by the “tourist Base Camp”…

Everest Bliss Limin Hotel

Everest Bliss Limin Hotel

North 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.

Everest North Base Camp, Tibet

Empty base camp, no access here without permit.

Mt. Qomolangma sign

Mt. Qomolangma (Everest) sign

Everest North Base Camp, Tibet

The north face of Mount Everest and the Rongbuk glacier are visible in the background towards the left side.

The Descent

Going back to Rongbuk via the “tourist Base Camp”. “Hotels” and tea houses in tents.

Base Camp tea houses

The “tourist Base Camp”

Himalaya tea house

Himalaya tea house interior

Tibetan girl

Curious Tibetan girl

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

4 Comments on “Everest Base Camp Tibet

  1. I am thinking about doing an advanced base camp trip in early January. What is the weather like then? Would I get a good view of Everest? How cold is it?

    • The best time to visit Mount Everest is in the spring and autumn. January is cold with temperatures as low as -15°C, but you can get a clear view of Everest.

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