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Lifetime challenge! Climbing the world's tallest mountain

Updated: 2018-08-21
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Mount Everest, known in China as Qomolangma and Chomolungma, and known in Nepal as Sagarmatha, is the tallest mountain on earth and the main peak of the Himalayas.

 

 

Mount Everest is located on the international border between Nepal and China, but the peak's summit is in China. The summit's elevation is 8,848 meters, and the "rock height" (the summit elevation not including snow and ice cover) is 8,844 meters. Both elevations are recognized by China and Nepal.

 


The first formal observation of the mountain was made by Andrew Scott Waugh, and the calculation of its height was made by Radhanath Sikdar. Both Andrew and Radhanath were hired by George Everest, a British surveyor and geographer who served as Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. The name of the mountain, Everest, was recommended by Andrew Scott Waugh.

 

 

Mount Everest has attracted many brave climbers. There are two main climbing routes—one from the southeast in Nepal and the other from the north in Tibet, China. The Nepal route is relatively less dangerous, thus the majority of climbers choose to approach from Nepal.

 


Everest presents many dangers including altitude sickness, extreme weather conditions, and powerful winds, as well as hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall.

 


Edmund Percival Hillary was generally recognized as the first man to have reached the summit. It’s possible, however, that George Mallory—an experienced British mountain climber who died near the peak on his third attempt to reach the top—might have summited 30 years earlier than Hillary.

 

 

 Edmund Percival Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

 

 

It has become easier in recent years to reach the summit and safely return home with the help of Sherpas and more modern equipment. But even today, some who attempt Everest don't make it to the summit, or die on their way back down. Bodies are scattered around the camp near the top of the mountain. But even with the most advanced mountaineering equipment, those bodies can't be easily removed to be buried down below the clouds. Extreme weather conditions and dangerous terrain make even reaching the summit extremely difficult. 

 

 

Those who fell on Mount Everest have become landmarks on the eternal peak.

 


Conquering Mount Everest is a big challenge. Every adventurer is advised to be well prepared before he or she sets out even to stand at the foot of this vast, forbidding, majestic peak.

 

Eight-day tour to Tibet and Mount Everest Base Camp

   

 

 

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa by train or by plane


Travel to Lhasa by train or by plane. When you arrive at the train station/airport in Lhasa, there will be an employee waiting there to pick you up and take you to your hotel for check in. After check in, rest at the hotel. Stay overnight in Lhasa.


Note: During your first day in Lhasa, it’s important to take measures to overcome altitude sickness. Avoid strenuous physical activity and consume extra fruit and water to adjust more quickly.


Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

 

After breakfast, visit the famous Potala Palace. In the afternoon, visit Johkang Temple, and then Barkor street, a shopping street where tourists can buy traditional and religious items made in Tibet. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

 

Note: To protect Potala Palace, the number of visitors is limited to 2,000 tourists daily. Each tourist is allowed only one hour for sightseeing. Therefore, it may be necessary to visit Jokhang Temple first in the morning and then Potala Palace in the afternoon, or to swap Day 2’s schedule with Day 3's during the busy season (From April to October) in Tibet.


Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) , Sera Monastery (色拉寺) and Tibetan Museum

 

After breakfast, visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera monasteries. Visit the Tibetan Museum, the exhibition center, and the Tibetan traditional handicrafts shopping center. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

 

Day 4 Lhasa and Shigatse sightseeing: Yamdrok Lake (in Lhasa), Pelkor Chode Monastery (in Shigatse)

 

Drive to Shigatse after breakfast. On the way to Shigatse, you can see Yamdrok Lake from the summit of the Mount Kamba-la Pass. Yamdrok is one of the three Holy Lakes in Tibet (the other two lakes are Namtso Lake and Manasarovar Lake). When you arrive at Gyantse county in Shigatse city, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. The Monastery was founded in 1418. Stay overnight in Shigatse.

 

Day 5 Shigatse sightseeing: Rongbuk monastery (绒布寺) and Mt. Everest Base Camp

 

Drive to Mount Everest Base Camp in the early morning. Before arriving at Mount Everest Base Camp, first visit Rongbuk Monastery. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest-elevation monastery in Tibet. The monastery is a great place to take pictures of Mt. Everest. Arrive and stay overnight at the Mt. Everest Base Camp.


Day 6 Return to Shigatse

 

Watch the sunrise at Mt. Everest Base Camp, and then drive back to Shigatse in the late morning.

 

Day 7 Tashilunpo Monastery (in Shigatse), return to Lhasa

 

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, which was built in 1447, in the morning. Drive back to Lhasa along Yarlong Tsangpo River along the Nepal friendship road in the afternoon.


Day 8 Lhasa airport / train station drop-off

 

Your tour guide and driver will drop you off at the Lhasa airport, marking the end of tour services.

 

Services Included

1. Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit

2. Transport - Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city - Lhasa City transportation, tourist vehicle according to group size

3. Admission fees for all tourist sites on the itinerary

4. Professional Tibetan English-speaking tour guide

5. Travel Agency Service Charge

6. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

7. Accommodations

 

Services Excluded
1. Lunches and some dinners
2. Tips for drivers and tour guides
3. Other personal expenses
4. Train / plane fare

 

Price From RMB 6,550 per person.

 

Note: All images in this article are sourced from internet.

 
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SOURCE: WOX Team

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