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

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.

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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.


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.


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

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.

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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.


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.



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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PICTURES: Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

Visited by thousands and voted as most popular trekking destination in the world by Nat Geo, Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime and will never cease to vanish from your memory. The trail will guide you through stunning Himalayan landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, prayer flags and chortens. You will eventually find yourself among soaring peaks.

Highlights of (South) Everest Base Camp Trek

lukla airport everest base camp

Featured as the most dangerous airport in the world in 2010.

Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing  Hillary Airport is the place where most of the people start to climb Everest Base Camp.

namche bazar everest base camp

Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

Namche Bazar, at an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft) is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Popular among the trekkers, namche is best known for altitude acclimatization.

mount ama dablam everest base camp trek

Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest base camp.

Ama Dablam,which means mother’s necklace is a mountain is the third most popular himalayan peak for expedition in Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 metres (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 metres (20,243 ft).

tenzing norgay memorial everest base camp

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Monument, in namche bazar was inaugurated by Norbu and his brother Jamling in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay’s birth.

Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trek

Tengboche Monastery, situated at 3,867 metres it is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The midway station of the trail to the base camp for the climbers of Mount Everest and other peaks, Tengboche is three days trek from lukla.

mani rimdu everest base camp trek

Mani Rimdu Festival, is filled with dances, prayers and prayers, symbolically represents the historic occasion. Mani Rimdu gives the local Sherpa and Tibetan communities to mingle together with the monks and lamas that live a sacred life at a monastery.

Check out the especially designed itineraries that will mix the thrills of trekking the Everest Base Camp with the satisfaction of witnessing one of the most spectacular Tibetan celebrations.

Chukhung Ri everest base camp

Chukhung Ri is a rocky peak rising above the village of Chukhung to 5,550 metres (18,209 ft). It takes three hours or less to reach the summit from Chukhung and it requires no technical climbing. The summit has astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face.


Chortens,  is a Buddhist shrine, typically a saint’s tomb or a monument to the Buddha. Chortens and mountains are common sights in Everest Regions.

thukla valley everest base camp

Thukla Valley, considered as heaven on earth, lies between Lobuche and Ghorshep above 15000 feet. What make Thukla so memorable is crossing Thukla pass,  which has dozens of memorials to both Sherpas and mountaineers from all over the world who have lost their lives attempting to summit Everest.

yak caravan ebc trek

Yaks, is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. The Yaks found in  the Everest region are mostly domesticated and are used to transport goods.

Gorak shep everest base campEverest and Nuptse overlook a Gorak Shep lodge.

Gorak Shep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand which sits at its edge at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest and a final stop on the trek to Everest Base Camp.

kalapathar everest base camp Kala Patthar with Pumori in the background

Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock‘ in Nepali , is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest.

Mount everest trek

Mount Everest, the highest point on earth standing tall at  8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Since it first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors Mount Everest has been attracting many climbers, adventure seekers and nature lovers.

everest base camp trek

“South” Everest Base Camp, one of the most popular trekking destination at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft). In 2015, it was noted that about 40,000 people per year take the trek from the Lukla airport to the Nepal Everest Base Camp.

The months between March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek to the Everest Base Camp. The recent earthquakes have initially had some impact in the Everest region. However, things are back to normal now and the affected infrastructures have all been reconstructed.

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The One Fingered Mountaineer : Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki (Photo: Facebook/kurikiyama)

Nobukazu Kuriki, Japanese mountaineer born in 1982 was the first climber to lead the Mt. Everest expedition since the devastating 25th April earthquake in Nepal. However he had to abandon the expedition due to fresh deep snow after attempting a final push to reach the summit, according to his Facebook Page.

I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow. I realised if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive, so I decided to descend.

Kuriki started his climbing career from his college days and since then have never looked back. He has climbed the highest mountain of 6 continent and 3 of 8000 meter Himalayan Mountain, all without supplement oxygen.  Having almost achieved glory on most of the high mountain, Everest has denied his for 5 times [including the recent 2015 everest expedition after earthquake], 3 from Nepal and 2 from Tibet, each time with the summit view.

The fall of 2012 came out to be one of his unforgettable attempts on Everest. During his ascent of Everest Kurki got severe frostbite on his fingers, toe and nose.  His toes and nose got healed; however he had to amputate 2/3 of his 9 fingers.

From the year of 2009, Nobukazu started to webcast live from mountains on the internet in order to share his adventure with people all over the world.

I’m so happy to be able to challenge again to Mount Everest even after I lost 9 fingers by frostbite. I want to reach the summit and share my adventure with many people by live webcasting.

You can check out the webcasting of the 2015 Everest expedition at his Youtube Channel. Nobukazu Kuriki has already descend to the base camp “Everest base camp” and is planning to climb again the summit of the Everest. [Thursday, 8 October 2015]. Nobukazu Kuriki is the first and only climber attempting to summit Everest this season.


NEWS: Inexperienced Climbers to be Banned

The dream of reaching the top of the world may come to end for many because Nepalese Government will introduce ban to inexperienced, disable, old and very young people and lone mountaineer from attempting Everest to increase the safety, lessen crowding and maintain the glory of the mountain.


Hillary Step, final hurdle before the Everest Summit.

Climbing permit to the Everest will only be given to those who can prove they have scaled mountains higher than 6,500 meters.

Young [under 18], Old [Over 75] and Disable people will also face a ban on scaling the 8848 meter world’s highest summit.

The rule will be implemented from the spring season which is the busiest season, where hundreds of climber from across the world will attempt to summit the tallest mountain of the earth.

We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die. If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide. – Kripasur Sherpa, Tourism Minister

Once Everest only attracted the world’s best and most experienced mountaineers. Now everyone is going to Everest, levels of risk for all involved had become much higher. In recent years Everest has seen aspiring summiteers who are using basic mountaineering equipment for the first time.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association said ” So I doubt this will be implemented. Earlier such plans were aborted because of pressure from human rights organisations and foreign embassies.

Supporting the new age bar and rule of ban on novice and disable climbers Ang Tshering added ” anyone disabled [who] can go on his or her own” to the summit of Everest but “those who need personal assistance or to be carried to reach the top should not venture on the peak.

He even pointed out by saying China still does not allow climber who are under 17 years old or above 75 year to climb Everest from the northern side.

Government set New Rules for mountaineers
  • Nepal is considering to ban lone mountaineers from climbing peaks, including Everest.
  • Nepali climbers, however, can apply for a climbing permit after successfully completing a basic mountaineering training of at least 30 working days.
  • Pregnant women, as well as persons with severe illnesses ranging from cancer, diabetes, hypertension, depression and respiratory infection, shall not be allowed to work as liaison officers.
  • Sirdars, mountain guides and high-altitude workers who accompany expedition members shall get certificates after summiting mountains.
  • Chopper ride above base camp to be restricted, however, choppers can ferry rope-fixing equipment and conduct emergency evacuations
  • Climber above the age of 75 and below 16, disabled and visually impaired to be banned from scaling mountains including everest.
  • Climbers must scale a 7000 meter peak to qualify to for any 8000 meter peak.

DoT’s Director General Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal claimed that DoT would forward its amendment proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for further action.


1996’s Everest Disaster! (Reliving the Mountain’s Greatest Tragedy)

Time Magazine's Cover

Time Magazine’s Cover

Mount Everest first opened for commercial expeditions in 1986, which was followed by the huge influx of private companies and former mountaineers bringing in rich clients from around the world to Nepal to climb the highest ever mountain.

On the same league were the mountaineers who took an expedition to Mount Everest in 1996. Over 35 climbers went to the summit in the hay day of the mid Spring, however, only handful returned back safe.


1996 Everest Expedition

In the Spring of 1996, 5 of the expedition teams, including; Adventure Consultants, Mountain Madness, Taiwanese Expedition, IMAX Team and National Geographic, climbed Mount Everest, where 2 teams were carrying clients. The weather was clear and the Spring window was in full bloom.

Rob Hall (Expedition Leader of Adventure Consultants) decided to reach summit on May 10. The same day Scott Fisher decided to summit, followed by the Taiwanese team of 13 climbers. National Geographic Team (Explorers Club) including of Dr. Kenneth Kamler and the IMAX Team of Ed Viesturs were waiting for another summit day.


  • (Leader) Rob Hall, Mike Groom and Andy Harris (Client) Frank FischbeckDoug Hansen, Stuart Hutchison, Lou Kasischke, Jon Krakauer, Yasuko Namba, John Taske, Beck Weathers (Sherpa) Sirdar Ang Dorje Sherpa, Arita Sherpa, Chuldum Sherpa, Lhakpa Chhiri Sherpa, Kami Sherpa, Ngawang Norbu Sherpa, Tenzing Sherpa
The Rob Hall Team

The Rob Hall Team


  • (Leader) Scott Fischer, Neal Beidleman, Anatoli Boukreev (Client) Martin Adams, Charlotte Fox, Lene Gammelgaard, Dale Kruse, Tim Madsen, Sandy Hill Pittman, Klev Schoening, Pete Schoening (Sherpa) Sirdar Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa, “Big” Pemba Sherpa, Ngawang Dorje Sherpa, Ngawang Sya Kya Sherpa, Ngawang Tendi Sherpa, Ngawang Topche Sherpa, Tashi Tshering Sherpa, Tendi Sherpa

Few Climbers who were Present in the Everest


~May 10~

Shortly after midnight, the climbers from Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness, including leaders; Rob Hall and Scott Fisher, start climbing from Camp IV for the summit. Due to severe delay in installing fixed ropes at the Balcony 8,350 m (27,395 ft) and Hillary Step 8,760 m (28,740 ft), the expedition comes to a halt for 2 hours causing huge delay for the standard summit time.

The halt invites a massive traffic jam at the Hillary Step. Some 33 climbers are attempting the summit the same day.

1:07 PM -Boukreev with the Mountain Madness team was the first to reach the summit. Many climbers were still behind and didn’t summit till 2:00 pm, the last safe time to turn around for Camp IV before midnight.

2:30 PM – Rob Hall, Krakauer, Harris, Beidleman, Martin Adams and Klev Schoening reach the summit.

3:00 PM -Hall and his Sirdar Ang Dorjee Sherpa start descending after incessantly waiting for other climbers. At Hillary Step, Ang Dorje finds Doug Hansen and orders him to descend, but he doesn’t respond. Hall comes down to Doug and orders Ang Dorje to gown down and assist other climbers while he sits along with Doug to help him.

Hillary Step

Hillary Step

3:45 PM -Scott Fisher finally summits, by which time he starts complaining of his illness, possibly from HAPE or HACE. Makalu Gau (Taiwanese Team Leader) reaches the summit even later.

5:00 PM -The weather starts deteriorating, while many climbers are still stuck above 8,000 m. The blizzard and storm covers the entire trail leaving many climbers to abandon the trail.

5:30 PM -Hall radios the base camp for help. By this time, Doug’s rendered unconscious but is still alive. Expedition guide Andy Harris starts climbing the South Summit alone with supplementary oxygen and water for Hall and Doug.

Several climbers became lost on the South Col. Mountain Madness members Beidleman, Klev Schoening, Fox, Madsen, Pittman, and Gammelgaard, along with Adventure Consultants’ Mike Groom, Beck Weathers, and Yasuko Namba, wandered in the blizzard until midnight. When they could no longer walk, they huddled some 20 m from a drop-off of the Kangshung Face.

Ed Viestrus from the IMAX Team at Camp II stays with Rob the entire time in the radio urging him to get down. Both Ed and Guy Cotter (On a different expedition), friends of Hall, urge him to leave Doug and descend to South summit for supplement oxygen, however, he doesn’t budge and helps Doug descend the entire night.

~May 11~

4:43 AM -Hall radios the base camp still at the height of 8,749 m (28,700 ft) and informs that Doug is gone, possibly dead, and Andy Harris is missing as well. “I’m all Fucked,” says Hall in his despairing radio call. By this time, the expedition members below were campaigning to send rescue team including of Sherpas to help get the remaining climbers down. Guides Ang Dorje and Lakpa Chhiri are sent up to rescue Rob.

 Everest Camp map

Everest Camp Map

6:00 PM -Mountain madness Sirdar Lobsang finds Scott struggling at 27,600 feet (8,413 meters). Lobsang tries getting Scott down, but, it’s too difficult to manage him in such weather and they crash just 300 ft below.

At one point of time, Scott Fisher decides to jump off to Tibet, a 3,687 m (12,000 ft) fall with no point of returning back. Sirdar Lobsang ties him along with a rope and gets him down.

It was reported that the rescue team reverted from the South Summit due to worsening weather conditions. Rob was still alive despite being at the height for 36 hours.

6:20 PM -Hall radios the base to patch a call to his with Jan Arnold in New Zealand. Jan is 7 months pregnant. They share their last farewell. Shortly thereafter he dies.

8:00 PM -Makalu Gau, along with his two Sherpas, show up where Scott has crashed. Lobsang spend vigil with both of them before descending down to help send Sherpas and Anatoli Boukreev up for the rescue. Gau is later rescued and evacuated.

~May 12~

In the early morning, two Sherpas climb up to help rescue Scott and Makalu, however, the deteriorating condition of Scott doesn’t allow him to get down. The Sherpas help Makalu down the ridge instead.

5:00 PM -Boukreev sets himself for the rescue of Scott. By the time he reached, almost 2.5 hrs later, it’s too late, and Scott has died of his worsening condition.

Another climber, Weathers is dramatically saved and helicoptered out of the region, however, he loses his nose, right hand and all the fingers of the left hand to frostbite.

The Everest Tragedy of 1996 is one of the most devastating stories of mountaineering fraternity. The disaster took 8 innocent lives and left many wounded.

Radio-time with Rob Hall

The IMAX Team in the radio with Rob HallAround 2 p.m. (the standard turnaround time on summit day on Everest)—we could make out climbers scattered along the high ridge through the telescope—they appeared just as little specks of red and yellow, lined up, waiting their turns to climb the Hillary Step. It was alarming how much of the time those specks were standing still, not moving. The traffic jam had indeed started to work its mischief. ~Ed Viesturs (source)

Radio Broadcast of Ed Vesturs & Rob Hall

(May 11, 5 am) “I’m all f—ed up. I’m on the South Summit. I sat out all night. Doug is gone. I’m stuck here, my hands are fucked. When is somebody coming up to help me?” ~Rob Hall to Base Camp

“Rob, crawl if you have to. get to the south Summit. if you can start moving part of the way down, the Sherpas will meet you somewhere below. You can shorten their day getting to you. When this is over, we’ll go to Thailand, and I’ll get to see your skinny white legs on the beach for the first time.” ~Ed Vesturs

“Thanks for that” ~Hall

“We’ll get you off the hill, but Rob, you’ve gotta move! Rob, come on, man! You can’t just sit there!” ~Ed

“Rob, you think about that little baby of yours. You’re going to see its face in a couple of months, so keep on going.” ~Helen (Base Camp) to Hall

“Don’t talk much. Just get ready, start moving….Rob, how’s it going?” ~Ed

“I haven’t moved.” ~Hall

“Rob, I’m leaving now. I’m heading up the hill. I’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll talk again as soon as we can.” ~Ed

Radio-time between Hall & Jan Arnold

(May 11, 6:20 pm) “Hi, my sweetheart. I hope you’re tucked in a nice warm bed. How are you doing?” ~Hall to Jan

Rob Hall with Jan Arnold

Rob Hall with Jan Arnold

“I can’t tell you how much I’m thinking about you! You sound so much better than I expected…Are you warm, my darling?” ~Jan

“I’m reasonably comfortable.” ~Hall

“How are your feet?” ~Jan

“I haven’t taken my boots off to check, but I think I may have a bit of frostbite.” ~Hall

“I’m looking forward to making you completely better when you come home. I just know that you’e going to be rescued. don’t feel that you’re alone. I’m sending all my positive energy your way!” ~Jan

“I love you. Sleep well, my sweetheart. Please don’t worry too much.” ~Hall

Dr. Ken Kamler’s Story

Everest (2015) Movie

Everest (Movie Cover)

Everest (Movie Cover)

Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur took the challenging job of making the event into a feature length movie, starring; Jake Gyllenhall, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Kiera Knightly.

Slated to be released in 3D and IMAX worldwide on September 18, the movie will focus on what occurred on May 10 and 11 in the Everest.