As the highest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest with altitude of 8844m has become a final objective for tourists dreaming to get closer contact with the sky. And Everest Base Camp, shortened as EBC, literally means the base camp set on the flat area near Mt. Everest, where shops, hotels, and even post offices exist, supporting tourists to scale the mountain and ensuring their life safety.
Actually, all travelers can get to Everest Base Camp. The trekking to EBC usually takes one or two hours, the most popular route is from Rongbuk Monastery to EBC, and of course, you can take the vehicle to get to EBC directly. Trekking on the roof of the world with an altitude of 5200m is not easy, even if you don't take anything, it equals that you take 30kg baggage at low altitude area.
On the way to Everest Base Camp, tourists can have views of spectacular landscapes such as Himalayan ranges, glaciers and so on. Therefore, traveling to Everest Base Camp is an must-see attraction for your Tibet travel.
When is the Best Time to Go to EBC?
As we all know that the rainy and snowy seasons are not appropriate for tourists to have trekking. So regarding the best time to EBC, you are suggested to visit it in Spring(mid-April to early June) and Fall(late September to early November). During these periods, it's not too cold or cloudy so you are likely to see the golden summit of Mt. Everest from EBC.
How to Get to EBC?
As a matter of fact, there are two Everest Base Camps in different nations, Nepal and China. The cause is that the north of the Mount Everest is situated in China, and the south of it is in Nepal. So far, for tourists who enter EBC from Nepal, it would be sensible that travelers take the bus from Kathmandu to Jiri or Salleri before they accomplish the rest of EBC trekking tour. Flying to Lukla airport located in Nepal is an alternative as well, although in several months this route is possibly not workable because the airline is quite dangerous in certain seasons. From my view that it is highly recommended to travel to EBC from Tibet, China. Since the whole summit of Mt. Everest can be viewed without hinder from near mountains ranges. Moreover, taking a tour van to enter EBC in Tibet is optional while this way is impossible in Nepal. So if you prefer to have an entire view of the Mt. Everest, and don't want trekking at the highland, you should not miss the itinerary of Tibet.
What Shall Tourists Prepare Before Getting to EBC?
It is always advantageous for tourists to be well-prepared when you are planning to have a trip, especially for touring at EBC. Firstly, tourists are expected to take down jackets and warm sleeping bags to keep warm during the coldness night. Then please remember to take along your sun cream, sunglasses, or snow glasses used in snowy season. To avoid strong ultraviolet, these requisites could be helpful. Besides, medicine is what you must take in case of the altitude sickness or fever comes along. Apart from things are mentioned above, other things such as Lip balm, moisturizer, spare batteries, and food can be taken to help you get through hardship that might occur at EBC.
Recommended Tour Itineraries Including Everest Base Camp
Starting from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, it just take one day to Lhasa by train, then travel westwards along Friendship Highway, you will finally arrive in Kathmandu by crossing Himalayans, passing by Gyantse and Shigatse -- the historical and cultural cities of Tibet.
If you prefer to enjoy Yangtze River cruise trip in Chongqing city, it would be a good choice to continue your travel to Tibet after visiting Chongqing. The only direct train (No.Z224) from Chongqing to Lhasa departs on every other day, it takes your around 42hrs to reach Lhasa and covers 3654km.
The first station is to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt lake in China. Then take the train from Xining to Lhasa, which will take you around 22 hours. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscape of Qinghai-Tibet Railway along the way. Short stay in Lhasa, you will visit Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.