While climbing Mount Everest is neither financially nor physically possible for many travelers, laying eyes on the world’s tallest peak from Mount Everest Base Camp is. The infamous peak has two base camps, one in Nepal and the other in Tibet, and for many, a visit to China’s easternmost region wouldn’t be complete without an excursion to take in the spectacular view of Everest’s north face.
Everest Base Camp sits nearly 500 miles (800 kilometers) southwest of Lhasa at an elevation of around 17,000 feet. Unlike the base camp on the Nepal side, you can drive directly to the Tibet base camp without any hiking required. While visitors can’t spend the night in the official base camp without a climbing permit, the area offers many “tent hotels” and Tibetan-style guesthouses. The area is also home to the highest post office in the world and the highest monastery in the world, Rongphu Monastery.
Visits to Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet require travel permits from both Tibetan and Chinese authorities and therefore must be organized through a guided tour.