EVEREST BASE CAMP TIBET FAQ
What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp (EBC)? 5200 m/17,060 ft
Is Everest Base Camp in Nepal or Tibet? There are two base camps — one on the Nepali side and one on the Tibetan side. (The mountain sits on the border.) Many more mountaineers climb Everest from the Nepal side.
Is EBC closed? At this writing EBC on the Tibet side is not, as rumored, closed. But travelers are not allowed to go as close to the mountaineering base camp as they used to be able to. You can go as far as Rongbuk Monastery, which has an excellent view, as you see in the photo above. (Get travel updates here.)
How do I travel to Everest Base Camp Tibet? As everywhere in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, you must be on an official tour to visit Everest. Your tour can be group or private. If you would like help connecting to a reliable Tibetan-owned agency, contact us here. You can find links about a good, safe EBC tour below.
Can I trek to Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side? You can trek from Old Tingri to EBC. We’ve never done it and advise that you be mindful of the very high altitudes involved.
We are always working with one of our favorite Tibetan-owned agencies in Lhasa to develop Tibet travel that allow you to ascend more slowly and therefore more safely from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp’s (EBC) very high altitude. So we love their 10-Day Easier Acclimatizing EBC Small Group Tour.
From an August 2007 land cruiser trip from Lhasa to Everest by YoWangdu’s Yolanda O’Bannon, shared with two South Koreans, Hong and Choi, along with our Tibetan driver, Tenzin, and guide Tashi.