NORTH VS SOUTH: EVEREST BASE CAMP

Did You Know? the international border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. There are two base camp on opposite sides of Everest, South Base Camp in Nepal and North Base Camp in Tibet. These camps are used as temporary campsites by the used by mountains climbers for ascents and descents.

North Everest Base Camp

north everest face tibet
Located in the remote southern region of Tibet, the northern base camp is trekked lesser than its southern counterpart in Nepal. The desolated landscape, its Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan architectures gives an exotic cultural flavor to the tour, making it culturally significant.

  • Activities: Culture Tours, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,150m/16,892ft at Everest Base Camp
Permits

A visit to the North Base Camp currently requires a permit from the Chinese government, on top of the permit required to visit Tibet itself.

Recommended Trips
  1. North Everest Base Camp Via Lhasa
  2. Lhasa Tour Via Everest Base Camp
  3. North Everest Base Camp Explore Trip
The Base Camp

The “tourist Base Camp” is located about halfway between Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest buddhist shrine in the world. Whereas the actual climbers’ Base Camp is at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.

Transport

You can either fly to Lhasa from any major city China or hire a 4WD from Lhasa to Rongbuk Monastery.

Major Attraction

north everest base camp trek

Ranked at the top of CNN’s ‘Great Places to be a Recluse’ in 2011. Rongbuk Monastery claims to be the highest monastery in the world  at 4,980 metres.

Food and Lodging

There are tent hostels for travelers and climbers, offering beds and food (simple chinese Food). Guesthouses around Rongbuk Monastery also provide rooms for travelers.

Scenery

The sunrise at Mount Everest is one of the top highlights of the China side. The sun rising from the east shines on the summit, making a golden triangle.

South Everest Base Camp

south everest base camp nepal

The Everest Base Camp on the south side is one of the most popular in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands each year.

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 m/18,204 ft
Permits

To Visit the South Base Camp you need to have a TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management Card) and pay the Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park.

Recommended Trips
  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo
  3. Jiri to Everest Base Camp
The Base Camp

The South Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 5,320m (17,500 ft) where many climbers and travelers camp there for acclimatization to reduce the risks of altitude sickness. The base camp is mostly dotted with colorful small tents and yellow-roofed huts during climbing seasons otherwise gray/white landscape of the Khumbu Icefall sits on the background.

Transport

Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, which saves time and energy before beginning the trek to this base camp. A private Heli ride is also in the list if you are not into trekking.

Major Attraction

Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trekTengboche Monastery is located on a hill at the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola rivers, three days away from lukla. Built in 1961  the Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Mani Rimdu is a traditional festival celebrated in Solukhumbu, especially at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang and Tame. This sacred festival is celebrated for mani rimdu everest base camp treknineteen days; the most special and elaborate of them all are the last three days. Those three days are marked by public festivals.

Fooding and Lodging

There are numbers of tea houses and hotel between Lukla and Ghoreshep which offers bed and food. Most of them serves Nepalese food: fried rice, small potatoes, or fried noodles.

Scenery

 

The sunset is the biggest highlight from the South Base Camp. Stunning picture of gold and pink light on white snow, the breathtaking highland scenery and the mighty Everest.  


Travel Tips

  • Know about Altitude Sickness and its symptoms.
  • Study about the best season to see Everest and pack accordingly. [Mar – May & Sept – Nov is considered as the best month]

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