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Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Paul W. Davies

The lesser know Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan-side is several days drive from Lhasa but certainly worth a visit.  Situated at 5,200 meters above sea level, base camp is a hive of activity despite the cold temperatures.  Be prepared for 4 seasons (and more) in a day.  The ascent from lower areas is spectacular.  Take your time getting to base camp to ensure you aclimatize to the altitude. 

Most people tend to stay at Rongbuk monastry which is as far as vehicles are permitted. From the monastry its a 3 hour easy walk upto the base camp(despite what it says in Lonely Planet). The monastry guest house can be expensive & a good alternative is staying in tented accomodation at the base camp. If you dont fancy walking you can hire a horse-buggy for about 30Y.

Food & guides are available at the base camp( a good place for day hikes) but there are strict rules about heading up towards Everest beyond 'the barrier'. Most folks tend to stay the one night but its worth trying to stay longer-if your guide from Lhasa agrees-& getting a feel for the place. 

Behind Rongbuk there is a tacky Chinese hotel which is a last resort for those who find the base camp & monastry accomadation too basic. The hotel is over-priced however & a terrible eye-sore.   

 

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November 30, 2006 change by saghia (2 points)

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