In Tibet, Everest is known as “Chomolungma,” whereas Chinese call it “Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng.” Located at Tingri County in Tibet Autonomous region of China, the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. However, the southern side (Nepal) tend to be more popular than the northern side.
“After a long halt, Chinese officials have started issuing permits for Tibet in 2013.”
Everest Base Camp (North)
There are two base camps located in the Everest (North), Tourists Base Camp, located at 5,150 m (16,896′) is about half-way between Rongbuk Monastery and the actual Climbers Base Camp, located at 5,180 m (16,990′) and restricted for tourists at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.
Many private vehicles run chartered service from Lhasa to Everest, and can be booked along a packaged tour from an outdoor agency.
It requires permit from the Chinese government. Applying for Tibet visa can prove to be a complicated affair from ones home nation. Therefore, one is suggested to land in Kathmandu before and apply for Tibet Visa and other permits (One can easily get Visa and permits for Tibet from Kathmandu, due to ease in Red Tape).
It is accessed by vehicle through a 100 km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway near Shelkar. The road trip from the Lhasa “The Forbidden Kingdom” to Tingri county, passing through remote landmasses, glaciated lakes, monasteries and dry deserts, can prove to be an overwhelming experience. Spotting Yaks on the way carrying loads is common.
Everest base camp (North) is generally toured during Spring, Summer/Monsoon and Autumn seasons. The farther higher regions of Tibet is mostly inaccessible during Winter due to heavy snow and cold. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons can guarantee best tours in a year as the weather isn’t too warm or cold.
Costs are predetermined by outdoor agencies and covers the complete package. The tour generally lasts for 10 days.
Chinese Visa fee (*Exclusive other permits) costs USD $198 for US Citizens and USD $114 for other nationals. International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa may cost USD $420 (Subject to flight availability ).
- Everest Base Camp (North) Tour -10 Days