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EVEREST TENT CAMP

In 2023 Everest Base Camp was renovated offering an improved experience to travelers. You will see new tents with improved amenities, Wi-Fi, cleaner restrooms, and the same fantastic view of Everest.

Typical tents have 6-10 beds in each tent with a stove to keep everyone warm. In addition to standard dormitory accommodations, some tents offer smaller double occupancy rooms for more privacy. Tent owners serve breakfast that you can order in advance.

Within a very short walk from the camp is Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery. We highly recommend visiting this monastery.

View on Everest Base Camp in Tibet

The tent camp is open from April until late October and closed during the winter season. There is also a monastery guesthouse that is currently under renovation. Once it reopens, you can stay in the guesthouse during the colder months.

If you want to get an even better view, flying drones is allowed in the EBC area.

During the busy season in warmer months, local villagers gather in the evening for a traditional dance in the square of the camp area.

EVEREST BASE CAMP (EBC)

Tourists visit Mount Everest with a group tour in Tibet
Visiting Everest in Tibet
Everest Base Camp in Tibet
Everest Base Camp in Tibet, the original location

The tent camp by Everest is the closest you can get to the highest mountain in the world if you are not climbing it. The tent camp is located at 5,050 meters above sea level. It offers awe-inspiring views to the visitors.

The camp consists of several large tents made of yak hair. In a typical tent, you will find several twin beds and a stove in the middle of the tent.

Climbers don’t stay in the same base camp. They set up their tents about 3 km from the tent camp in a protected area.

PROTECTED EVEREST NATIONAL PARK AREA

Green bus at Everest Region

The area around Everest is now a protected Qomolangma National Nature Preserve – Everest is called Qomolangma in Tibetan. To protect the fragile environment of the area, tourist cars are not allowed to enter the area.

When we visit Everest, we drive towards Tashi Zom town and transfer on the green eco bus to travel the remaining 38km / 23 miles to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). Buses travel between EBC and Tashi Zom regularly and the ride takes about 30-40 minutes.

TRAVELERS CAMP VS CLIMBERS CAMP

Panorama view of Everest Tent Camp in Tibet

In 2019, a large cleanup project started in the Everest Region. The tent camp for travelers moved a few kilometers from the original base camp used by climbers. The new location of the Everest tent camp is right by the Rongbuk monastery. View on Everest is one of the best from this location.

TIPS FOR SAFE AND ENJOYABLE STAY IN TENTS

  • The doors don’t lock. There are cameras to ensure the security of your items, still, we recommend keeping an eye on valuables inside the tent.
  • The stove can get very hot, so be careful not to touch it
  • There are plenty of blankets in each tent, however, they are rarely washed. There is no need to bring your sleeping bag, but you can bring a sleeping bag insert or even a simple sheet to use with the blankets.

HOW TO TRAVEL TO EVEREST BASE CAMP IN TIBET

You can reach EBC in Tibet by the newly built road through the Himalayan mountains or by trekking to it. There is a new highway leading to the Base Camp and the ride is mostly smooth and enjoyable. On the way, we will cross several high passes with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. On a clear day, you can see high peaks from the distance: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and others.

DRIVING TO EBC

Mountain roads in Tibet
Mountain roads in Tibet

Most of the visitors arrive at the camp from Shigatse. This scenic road is zigzagging through the mountain ranges with amazing views. It takes one day to reach EBC from Shigatse with stops to enjoy the views along the way.

The road to Everest begins after the checkpoint in Shegar. First, we drive down the Friendship Highway until we reach Chay village. After that, there is an ascent to the Pangla Pass (5,050 meters/ 16,570 ft). From the pass opens an incredible view of the Himalayan range. In the clear weather, you can see Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Shishabangma, and Cho Oyu mountains on the horizon. The road descends after the pass and we continue to the Everest.

When we reach Tashi Zom, we will take the green eco bus to travel the remaining 38 km / 23 miles to the Base Camp.

TREKKING TO EBC

Trekking towards Everest North Face in Tibet

Another great way to visit Everest Base Camp is to trek there. The trek begins in Old Tingri, a small village. It usually takes 3-4 days to reach the Base Camp from there. During the trek, you will go over several high passes and see amazing views of the Himalayas.

The total duration of the tour, including trekking is 12 days, including the time to acclimatize, three days of trekking, and a road back to Lhasa.

WHAT TO SEE NEAR EVEREST TENT CAMP

Group tour at Everest, Tibet

There is a Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world about 8km away from the tent camp. There are many meditation caves where monks and nuns from the monastery go on retreats.

One of the most important and famous caves is located about 1 km away from the EBC. It makes a great short hike from the tent camp and we highly recommend visiting it. Only a few nuns are staying there and a monk. Nuns are usually on a silent retreat there and won’t speak.

Padma Sambhava meditated in this cave in the 8th century. We cannot access the cave in 2019 because of the cleanup project in the area. However, we hope that the area will open later for tourists.

WEATHER: WHEN YOU SHOULD VISIT EVEREST

Everest North Face from Tibet

Due to the high elevation, the climate in the Everest region is very harsh, with low temperatures all year round and strong winds. Even if you are visiting Everest Base Camp in summer, you need a warm jacket and gloves, and it’s good to have a scarf and a hat.

The sunshine is very strong, you should bring sunglasses to enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

From the middle of June until the middle of September monsoon brings clouds into the area, that can cover the peak. It is still possible to see Mount Everest very early in the morning. However, if your goal is to bring back stunning photos of the mountain, we recommend coming in spring or fall.

During winter, the area enjoys summer weather most of the time. As the wind gets stronger, locals have to take down tents until April-May. Visitors can stay in the guesthouse of the Rongbuk Monastery located 8 km away from the tent camp.

It can snow in the Everest Base Camp even in summer. However, snow doesn’t stay for a long time as the wind blows it away.

HOTELS IN THE EBC AREA

There are currently no hotels within the Everest National Park area. If you want to spend a night with the view of Everest, see an amazing sunset, and welcome the sunrise, staying in the tent camp is the best option. During colder months, you can stay in the Ringbuk Monastery guesthouse.

If you prefer the comforts of hotels or want to stay in a hotel with easy access to oxygen rooms to prevent altitude sickness, there are 2 main options nearby.

There are newly built hotels in Tashi Zom village about 38 km / 23 miles from the EBC. Advantages: easy access to the bus stop to the EBC, good hotels, and oxygen rooms. Disadvantages: high cost and there is no view of Everest.

The second option is staying in Pasom village located about 30 km / 18 miles from EBC. It is a small village with a few hotels. Advantages: you can see Everest, although the view is not as good as at the EBC. Disadvantages: not as many hotel options, and high cost.

View of Everest from Pasom village in the video below:

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  1. Dear Michael,

    There are still setting up the tent camp, I didn’t visit it yet. I think it should be there again this year.

    Best Regards,

    Kalsang

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