Mount Everest

 

The most popular travel destination is the Mount Everest North Face Base Camp. Many Travelers might think that to travel Mount Everest North Face we need to trek but actually, that is in Nepal side South Face. From Tibet side North Face, Travelers can travel by vehicle all the way to the first base camp 5200M

Many Travelers are traveling to Mount Everest every week from Lhasa. Most of the Travel agencies including us are arranging both private and group tours. One of the most popular group tours is the 8 days overland trip from Lhasa to Mount Everest base camp and many Travelers also ask Tibet Travelers about 8 days group tour so Tibet Travelers also arrange 8 days group tour to Mount Everest North Face Base Camp but Tibet Travelers would like to suggest the Travelers who have time to choose the 9 days or 10 days tour if possible.

Below Tibet Travelers share a few reasons:

1. There is around 340km all the way up from Shigatse to Mount Everest through 3 high passes so driving in one day makes too much driving.

2. Jumping from altitude 3950M Shigatse to 5200M Mount Everest base camp is bad for acclimatizing with altitude.

3. No sunrise view at Geu la pass (5200M) from where Travelers can see 4 Mountains above 8000M (Photo showed below) weather is good most of the time in the morning since after late afternoon it gets windy.

Photo: View of Mount Everest from Geu la pass ( 5200 meters )

4. Less time at Mount Everest Base Camp. When Travelers arrive at Mount Everest Base Camp, it is almost ready to be evening and if the weather is bad then no more time to see the view so this is a very important suggestion to all the Travelers since we know Travelers spend lots of time and money to travel Tibet and if Travelers don't see the true beauties of Tibet then its a bit sad since traveling again is again lots of time and money so Tibet Travelers mostly focus on 10 days group tour and we also suggest 8 days Travelers to choose 10 days group tour most of the time.

When I used to be Tour Guide in the year 2004, the road to Mount Everest was very bumpy and dusty, it is lots of fun for me but for some Travelers they don't love it. Nowadays, the paved road has been fixed all the way until 4km before the Mount Everest Base Camp so it is possible to reach Mount Everest North Face Base Camp (5200M) without any trek or hike.

One of the good suggestion is the sunset, which is the main highlights of Mount Everest North Face. The color of Mount Everest changes from Yellow to orange and finally red. Another great suggestion is the stars in the night. Photo of the article shows Mount Everest surrounded by stars.

 

Tibet Travelers recommends trekking to the Mount Everest East Face Kangshung valley to see the hidden beauties of Tibet.

Mount Everest North Face Base Camp region is my hometown

It is indeed such a great blessing to be born at the feet of Mount Everest, villagers around my hometown Tibetans call her by the name: Chomolungma. Meaning standing goddess. 

She is indeed one of the most beautiful mountains. Maybe it's because I was born in her arms so I have a deep connection with her.

When I was young, I didn't know anything about her. I heard my villagers talk about her since they were climbers who need the help of my villagers as porter and yak man. 

It was around nearly the end of 2002 and the March of 2003 until the mid-October 2004 when I spend 8 full months each year at Mount Everest North face base camp helping a small business from my family.

A small yak hair tea tent called " Hotel California" Which is also listed in lonely planet book, I have chosen this name since I love that song from Eagles and it's a famous hotel so when travelers who arrive near our family tea tent, after seeing the sign saying ' Hotel California"  some take photos, some laugh. It was one of the best days of my life that I have got a chance to connect with travelers from all over the world. 

Photo: Hotel California sign at the Black Yak hair tea tents

Sometimes I used to take Travelers to the Advance Base Camp of Mount Everest to see the glaciers and to have the closer view of Mount Everest.

Sometimes I take Travelers for a motorbike ride to New Tingri and Old Tingri. It was a great adventure even for myself. That was the time when I was 18 and I have got a chance to help my family.  

They are two ways to climb Mount Everest, North Col, and North Face. North Face is very difficult to climb so mostly Russian's choose to climb, I admire their courage. North Col advance base camp is located at 6400M and 15M Sirek Glacier can be pass by along the route. I have also seen the electric lines of George Mallory, who is known as the first person to climb from the Tibet side. 

I love going closer to Mount Everest, the closer I go towards her, more beauty she becomes.

When we look at Mount Everest from far, she looks like standing tall woman but when we get closer, she looks more like a head rise above and the body lying down. She is beautiful and May more snowfall on her since she looks more beautiful with snow. 

Mount Everest base camp is also a great place to see stars and the milky way. I used to make lots of wishes since I see so many shooting stars after every few minutes. 

 

Near the base camp, there is upper Rongbuk monastery, where my good friend Monk Sangay used to live in summer, in winter because of water difficulty, he will go to the main monastery or hometown.

I admire him since he left the samsaric deeds. Sometimes when I have important plans, I go to him for rolling the dice and ask for a blessing. 

Now the Yak hair tea tents are moved under the upper Rongbuk monastery. Tea tent will be open around March mid, Climbers will arrive at the base camp around March end.

Around May 20th, most of the climbers have already climbed the Mount Everest, I still remember the big Romanian group, who taught me some Romanian language.

I am very happy that they come to our family tea tent via singing and spending time with local Tibetans.

I have made many friends from all around the world during my days at Mount Everest base camp since at that time I am the only local Tibetan speaking English

Mount Everest is in the top 3 best places to see the stars at night. According to Tibet Travelers research and a recent article on the best places to see the stars in Tibet.

After spending 2 years at Mount Everest base camp for 16 months.

Now I have moved to Lhasa and started as a Tour guide from the year 2005 in one of the well known and oldest local Tibetan travel agency for around 14 years.

I have got a chance to visit many places in Tibet including Mount Kailash five times.

Mount Everest and Mount Kailash are two of my favorite places in Tibet.

Nowadays the actual base camp has moved down near the Upper Rongbuk monastery.

The sign on the stone says Mount Everest 8844 meters. It mountain has some decrease in the height from 8848 meters to 8844 meters.

Tibet Travelers has posted an article about  2018 updates on Mount Everest North face base camp for more recent information to the Travelers. 

Even though I work in Lhasa now but I do remember the golden days at Mount Everest base camp.

Photo: Everest base camp black Yak hair tent 

The days at the black Yak hair tea tent hotel California from our family. 

The days of listening to music via a CD or Tape. 

The days of hiking to the higher mountains to check my inner health.

The days of riding a bike on the dirt road in the high plateau of Tibet. 

Tibet is a great place to travel and Mount Everest north face is definitely the top 3 list of traveling destination in Tibet.

Conclusion

Mount Everest is a must destination, I have seen some Travelers cry when they see the true beauties of Mount Everest. I admire their love towards nature, which is similar to we Tibetans worship devotion to nature.

For any Travelers who don't want to trek or hike to Mount Everest Base Camp can travel through Tibet since from Nepal need to hike around 10 days but from Tibet, overland tour from Lhasa to Mount Everest in around 3-4 days is recommended.

Tibet Travelers highly recommend our 9-10 days tour to Mount Everest North Face Base Camp on our website.

Thank you for reading our article on Mount Everest, the most popular travel destination in Tibet. Tibet Travelers will do best to share more information about Mount Everest in the future article.

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Written By :Tenzin

Apr 18, 2017


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