Surprise! You are now at what the Chinese call Everest Base Camp. Probably the most misleading part of advertising to see Mount Everest, travel agents and guides will not tell you this is not a base camp. A large part of the people going to see Everest are tourist, not mountain climbers. So they really don't know the difference. A base camp is the...more
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. It has quite a beautiful backdrop featuring Mount Everest. I did not have time to go inside. The cost to enter was 40rmb but you are permitted to wander around outside or do the Kora at no cost. This of course is not the focus of travel to this area. Most people stop by on the way to Mount Everest...more
It is no easy task getting to see Mount Everest. It will take three days out of you time in Tibet. You have to travel with a tour guide of course. Permits to visit Mount Everest are now obtained in Shigatse. Once you have the permits, your guide will most likely take you to a small town called Tingri. This is a long drive and you will go over...more
Tent City is a small nook in the mountain on the way to Everest Base Camp. You may have to show your ticket here, but mainly it is the locals set up to provide everything to the tourists. There is accomodation, restaurants and vendors selling everything from "fossils" to mittens and gloves. This is also where the horse and cart rides leave from....more
Everest base camp is a little bit of a dissapointment considering the stagma behind it. It is 8km from Rongphu and you can get there by walking the whole way, getting a jeep to Tent City or a horse and buggy from Tent City. Once there you see the dominant Chinese flag flying next to the soldier's tent and then lots of colourful tents surrounding a...more
It is possible to get to base camp from Tent City via a horse and cart. It's incredibly touristy, but if you're affected by the altitude as I was then it's an easy option to get to the top without exerting yourself too much. It costs Y50 per cart return so it's a not too expensive way to get to Everest Base camp.
It goes without saying that you need to be careful at altitude. At Everest you will find the symptoms even more prevelant than usual. We found that in our grouo majority were affected with headaches as well as fatigue. Even our drivers were affected!!
Be smart and drink heaps of water - I mean at least 4L per day and go to bed and rest as much as you can. Definitely DON'T drink alcohol whilst at altitude. You'll get very drunk, very quickly and made yourself sick.
General rule, take it easy and if you're still sick, descend, descend, descend.