If you have planned a trip to Mt Everest Base-Camp in the near future, you might be wondering about the best way to get there. Depending on where you are travelling from, there are a number of transportation options to choose from – notably plane, rail and road. In this article, we have discussed each of these transportation options in greater detail in the hopes of helping you to determine how you would prefer to begin your trip.
Getting to Tibet
Unfortunately, there is no direct way of getting to Base Camp – instead, you will have to make your way to Tibet. Most people choose to arrive in Lhasa, the country’s capital. If you are coming from Beijing or Shanghai, it will take you around 4 and a half hours by plane or 42 to 48 hours by train; it is not recommend that you travel by bus. If you are coming from Kathmandu in Nepal, it will take you around 1 and a half hours by plane or 3 to 4 days by bus.
- We suggest that you fly into Tibet, no matter where you’re travelling from, as many people find it easier to acclimatise this way.
- We suggest that you take a train out of the country, as you will be able to enjoy the beautiful highland scenery much better.
Getting to Everest
Once you’ve arrived in Lhasa, there are two main routes to Base Camp that you can take – via road or via rail and road. If you choose to travel by road alone, it will take you around 2 days. There are three vehicles that you could choose to travel in – a bus, a van or a 4WD. You will need to disembark at the Rongbuk Monastery and take the shuttle bus or walk to the Camp. If the weather is clear, you will be able to catch your first glimpse of the mountain.
If you choose to travel by rail and road, you will get on the train in Lhasa and disembark at Shigatse. This will take around 3 hours. You will then need to arrange road transport the rest of the way, which will take around 12 hours.
Good to Know
Before finishing up, we felt that there is some things travelers will find useful to know about getting to Mt Everest Base Camp.
- Food: In Lhasa, you can enjoy Nepalise, Tibetan and Chinese food. Once you leave the city, however, you will have less choice. It will mostly be fatty, bland or sweet Tibetan food. It’s an idea to bring some with you.
- Accommodation: Hotels are available in Lhasa, Shigatse and Dingri. After this time, you can stay at the Rongbuk Monastery or you can choose to keep on going to the Camp without stopping.
- Toilets: Keep in mind that it can be difficult to find toilets along the way and that there is no toilet paper. It’s recommend that you don’t drink too much water whilst travelling (which will also help with motion sickness).
- Permits: Before you arrive at the Camp, you will reach a checkpoint where your Tibet Entry Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit and passport will be checked. Ensure that you have all these documents ready.
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