Mount Everest Travel Tips
As the highest peak in the world, the height of Mount Everest is 8,844.43 meters according to the measurement of China's state bureau of surveying and mapping. To have a better travel experience at Mount Everest, here are some useful Mount Everest travel tips which may be helpful for your Mount Everest tour. When plan your trip to Everest Base Camp, view our answers to questions about Everest travel to get better understanding of Mount Everest Tibet.
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Best Time to Visit Mount Everest
It is recommended to get to Mount Everest during April to June and September to October. Every October to next April, the severe cold weather makes it tough to have a trip. And every July to August is the rainy season of Mount Everest resulting in the bad climbing condition and heavy fog.
Packing List for Mount Everest Travel
- Necessary Documents: Generally speaking, if you want to travel to Everest Base Camp, you need to prepare 3 necessary documents: Chinese visa for entering China, travel entry permit for entering Tibet and Alien's travel permit for visiting Everest Base Camp. Of course, do not forget your passport.
- Proper Clothing: Down jacket is necessary even you travel to Mount Everest in Summer. In summer, make sure to bring both summer and winter clothes; While in winter, just bring your warmest clothes. In addition, hiking boots, thermal wear, gloves and sleeping bag are needed.
- Medicines: Diamox tablets and cold medications are essential drugs.
- Skin Protection: Sunglasses, sun cream, hat and long-sleeved clothes are always necessary. Sunglasses is absolutely necessary for all seasons to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation and glisten of the snow (especially when your destination is Mount Everest); suntan lotion, skin cream and lipstick are also essential in the dry air and scalding sunlight.
- Food: Bringing some food, snacks and drinks with you is a good idea as convenience stores are hard to find throughout Tibet.
- Digital Products: Make sure your Camera, mobile phone and charger are fully charged.
- Cash: Since there is no ATM in the remote area of Tibet, remember to prepare enough cash in advance.
- Mountaineering Equipment: Necessary hiking equipments include trekking pole, sleeping bag, goggles, snow glasses, crampons, sticks, back bag, etc.
Environment Protection of Mount Everest
The protection zone of Mount Everest covers an area of 35000 square kilometers, including Nyalam, Dinggye, Tingri and Gyirong. When tourists get into the protection zone of Mount Everest, they should get the entry permit that give clear indication of protection notes. When go hiking, please don't tread on or pluck any plant. Please carry off all the rubbish or throw them into specified trash can.
Photography of Mount Everest
Many tourists get to Mount Everest not only for mountaineering but also for shooting a gorgeous picture. It is easy to shoot beautiful photo in Mount Everest. However, if you would like to make innovation or create special photo with strong visual impact, patience and luck are necessary.
1) Best Season: The golden time for photography is one hour before or after the sunrise and sunset. And usually, the Mount Everest in sunset shooting from Rongbuk Monastery is more charming than that in sunrise.
2) Spot for Photography
- Old Tingri Qomolangma Viewing Deck: It's easy to shoot the distant view of Mount Everest at the sunset and sunrise.
- Zhegula Col: the great place to shoot Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu.
- Rongbuk Monastery: the best view to shoot Mount Everest.
- Everest Base Camp: You should tickle your mind a bit if you would like to take a good photo.
Physical Fitness for Mountaineering
Normally, if you have good economic base and healthy body, you can make preparation for climbing the Mount Everest. And it's not easy job because you may need three to four years to do your preparation work. Firstly, you can do outdoor activities in low altitude place, physical training and learn basic mountaineering skills to practice your endurance, cardio-pulmonary function and strength. Secondly, you had better experience two or three mountaineering in highland before you get into Mount Everest. Healthy people can start your trip in the peak of 6,000 meters, then 7,000 meters and finally 8,000 meters. Lastly, it's the last important preparation stage. In this period, you need to throw yourself into physical training.
Due to the high altitude, many tourists may feel sick and dizzy when they first come to Tibet. It's recommended to take medicines to pretect from the altitude reaction before starting your trip. And the local drugstores in Lhasa sell medicines against altitude sickness. And please delay your trip to Tibet if you have a cold.
Best Things to Do at Mount Everest
For mountaineering enthusiasts, climbing Mount everest is of course the highlight. For those tourists who go to Mount Everest for sightseeing, in addition to enjoying the majestic scenery at Everest Base Camp, they can also visit the Rongbuk Monastery and Rongbuk Glacier, or trek at Gama Valley.
Obviously, there is no bank at Mount Everest. If tourits want to get some cash, they should exhange the money in advance in Lhasa or Shigatse. Here below are some banks in Lhasa and Shigatse.
- Bank of China中国银行
Address: Tongzhan Road, Doilungdeqen District, Lhasa拉萨市堆龙德庆区通站路
- Bank of China中国银行
Address: No.118, Najin Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区纳金路118号
- Bank of China中国银行
Address: No.131, Jinzhu West Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区金珠西路131号
- Bank of China中国银行
Address: No.10, Shanghai Middle Road, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区上海中路10号
- Bank of China中国银行
Address: No.12, Zhufeng West Road, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区珠峰西路12号
Mount Everest Post Office
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, with amazing natural scenery, attracting climbers and tourists from all over the world. Tourists are often excited to travel to this holy mountain and may want to share this joy with their family and friends. There is a post office at Everest Base Camp. Travelers can send postcards to their friends and family from the roof of the world.
Mount Everest post office is located at Everest base camp of Tingri county, Shigatse, covering an area of 24 square meters, 5200 meters above sea level, about 19 kilometers away from the summit of Mount Everest as the crow flies. The business hours are 10:00-18:00 from April to October every year.
Established in May 2001, the post office is the world's highest postal service network. Back then, the post office was just a tent. On April 18, 2008, the temporary post office was set up at Everest base camp, to provide postal services for the Olympic flame. On June 6, 2017, a beautiful themed post office at Everest base camp was completed and put into use.
- Selling postcards, postal products, souvenirs, etc.
- Letter, express parcel and other business.
- Free water drinking and rest service for tourists.
- Introducing natural scenery, history and culture, ecological protection, meteorological information and other knowledge for tourists.
There is no hospital at Mount Everest. If severe, it is recommended to send to the nearby hospital for treatment.
- People's Hospital of Tingri County(定日县人民医院)
Address: Xuebao South Road, Tingri County, Shigatse日喀则市定日县雪豹南路
- The 8th Hospital of the People's Liberation Army(中国人民解放军第八医院)
Address: Zhufeng West Road, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区珠峰西路
- People's Hospital of Shigatse(日喀则市人民医院)
Address: Jilin South Road, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区吉林南路
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