"Everest Base Camp" Tibet Things to Do Tip by Maria81
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The old expedition base camp at the foot of Mt. Everest at the altitude of 5,200m - offering some of the best views of the great mountain (provided the weather cooperates!). This is not where the current expeditions set up main operations, though - that one is more commonly known as the ABC, or Advance Base Camp. The base camp (which you can look over from a small hill festooned with prayer flags) is where the bulk of the load is kept.
EBC is commonly visited as part of a Land Cruiser trip from Lhasa (either a loop or going on to Nepalese border), although you can trek from either Rongbuk monastery or lower down. If you are in a Land Cruiser, you will have to switch to a government-run bus to reach the EBC from a collection of tents that is a makeshift base camp hotel.
Things to keep in mind
- In choosing to make the trip, you're very much relying on the weather - we saw only the North Col for most of the time, and only got 2-3 glimpses of the mountain higher up and its top
- 5,200m is high, so without proper acclimatisation (or if you're particularly prone to it) you may experience AMS (acute mountain sickness) symptoms. If you do - as you're only on a short trip - you can buy oxygen at the base camp
- You can not proceed past the sign barring the road past the hill ('tourists cease step') - that leads to the base camp and further up the mountain. Heavy fines (not to mention unpleasant conversations with Chinese authorities) await if you do.
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