Rising at 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth and attracts tourists from all over the world. Located on the border of Tibet and Nepal with its northern face in Tibet and its southern face in Nepal, the Tibetan part is known all over the world as “hills” while the southern part of Nepal is known as ” south slope”. Even if you have visited Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, a visit to the slopes of the mountain in Tibet is still worth it for these reasons.
Experience Mt. Everest’s diverse landscapes in China.
This mountain is located in Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, Tingri County of Shigatse City, Tibet. Due to the different climate and topography, the topography of Mt. Everest from the Tibetan side is very different from the Nepalese side.
On the Nepal side, the terrain varies significantly. Hiking the southern slopes of Mt. Everest from Lukla will take you through stunning forests and valleys in the foothills of the Himalayas. You can appreciate Mount Everest and EBC from the Tibet side, where the landscape is engulfed by towering mountains. Instead of vegetation, there is only a pristine expanse of snow, accompanied by ceaseless cold air.
However, on the Tibetan side, you can enjoy the vast Himalayas and beautiful mountain ranges. Also, the peak of Mount Everest, which is not visible from the base camp in Nepal, can be seen clearly from the Everest base camp in Tibet.
You can visit the Rongbuk Monastery in China.
Another addition to EBC’s interest in Tibet is the renowned Rongbuk Monastery. Being the highest Buddhist monastery globally, Rongbuk is situated adjacent to Everest Base Camp and has played a significant role in Mount Everest’s history. Positioned at an altitude of 4,980 meters, Rongbuk Monastery holds the title for the world’s highest monastery.
Founded in 1902, the monastery is part of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has monks and nuns within its walls. It is considered to be the best place to get a great view of Mount Everest, as well as record highs.
Nowadays, the monastery is the best tourist destination for EBC visitors, and a new camp for tourists visiting Mount Everest is located next to the monastery. You can also stay in the monastery’s modern guest house during your visit.
Enjoy the Himalayan panorama at Gau La Pass on the ECB route from China.
Also known as Gawu La Pass (5,198m) is located in Tingri County in Shigatse, between the villages of Che and Tashizom, on the Zhufeng road towards Mount Everest. One of the most beautiful mountain passes in Tibet, this amazing site is one of the best places to admire the Himalayan mountains rising more than 8,000 meters above sea level. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from Gawu La is unique and worth the drive alone.
Standing at Gawula Pass, you can see a panoramic view of the 4 highest mountains in the world. From the crest of the pass, where tours often stop to admire the view, one can see the main mountains that rise above 8,000 meters. These mountains include Mount Everest (8,848 m), Mount Makalu (8,463 m), Mount Lhotse (8,516 m) and Mount Cho Oyu (8,188 m).
Visiting EBC China is safe and time-saving
While going to Mount Everest in Nepal means a long and potentially dangerous trek of about nine days, trekking in EBC and Tibet is definitely safer and saves time. On the way to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp itself on the Chinese side, this is the easiest way to reach Mount Everest.
For those visiting EBC from the Nepal side
For those visiting Tibet from Nepal, the route to EBC passes through Gyirong Valley in Tingri County to reach Base Camp. The climb from Gyirong station on the border to Base Camp is very dangerous, in terms of altitude, so visitors cross the border and go directly to EBC and do not usually spend the night at the base camp for reasons of security. Usually, you have to stay overnight in Tingri when you visit EBC as you visit Kathmandu and Lhasa.
From Gyirong port itself, the EBC route is only 322 kilometres long and can easily be covered in one day. The road from Gyirong town to EBC takes you along the G216 to the north, until you reach the G219, where you turn southeast and pass Peiku Tso Lake to the main camp and monastery. Rongbuk. The road from Gyirong to EBC is a well-maintained highway, with long stretches of asphalt on the road.
For those going to EBC from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, the route is safer, because you have to enter Lhasa first and then go. Once you arrive in Tibet for your EBC tour, you’ll spend the first few days in Lhasa, sightseeing while gaining altitude. Then you will go from the capital to Gyantse and Shigatse, stopping for the night at around 4,000 meters. This makes it possible to change and climb the mountain between Lhasa and EBC. During the journey from Lhasa to EBC, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise over Mt. Everest is located in the residential area.
Mount Everest base camp tours
On the Classic 8-Day Everest Base Camp Small-Group Tour from Lhasa, admission to the summit means you can spend the night at EBC, staying either at the guest camp at Rongbuk Monastery or at one of the ‘guest room tent if you like. But there are clear advantages to being able to stop overnight. Not only will you be able to admire the beautiful snow-capped Mount Everest at sunset and sunrise, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the starry night at EBC. The base camp is one of the many places in Tibet where you can get a good view of the Milky Way, our galaxy, and many other stars and celestial symbols. For stargazers, this is the perfect opportunity to see real stars that you won’t be able to see at lower altitudes in other places.
Therefore, the question of whether it is still worth visiting EBC in Tibet after visiting EBC in Nepal has a simple answer: Yes, it is. There are clear benefits to visiting EBC and Tibet, and things you can do and see in Tibet that you can’t in Nepal. So if you are planning an EBC trip to Nepal, why not visit Tibet while you are there and see the summit of Everest from the best place in the world: North Base Camp on the roof of the earth?