Mt. Everest (Mt. Qomolangma)
Mt. Everest, also called Mt. Qomolangma, is the highest peak in the world. Its Tibetan meaning of 'Goddess the Third' adds more mysterious color and magic power to the subject. As a result, it has intrigued all kinds of people since it was first discovered. Pilgrims trek long distances to present a pious worship, climbing enthusiasts run great risks to challenge its high altitude and the common visitors also yearn for a reverent look at this holy peak.
As the supreme point of the world, Mt. Qomolangma is also blessed with many extreme wonders. The top part of the mountain is covered with snow all the year round. When the glaring sun shines on the mountain, the peak is just like a white pyramid miraculously transformed by the Goddess, leading us to imagine her semblance further. More often than not, the thick freely moving clouds and fogs, seeming as if a flag with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak. This peculiar phenomenon is known as 'Flag Cloud'. An additional wonder generated here are the bright glaciers, where ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others. You can also find miles of efflorescent rock physiognomy there, such as stalagmites, stelae, stone sword, and stone pagodas. The climbing pathfinders call this splendor at such high attitude 'the Largest Park on the High Mountain'.
At the foot of this world's highest mountain is located the highest temple in the world, Rongbuk Monastery. At the altitude of about 5000 m. (16,404 ft.) and 25 km. (15.5 mi.) in the distance, it is also the best point to appreciate the scenery of Mt. Everest. Rongbuk Glacier around this area is also the largest among all the glaciers here.
The Tibet Mountaineering Management Center plans to charge the climbers an environmental fee of 100 to 200 USD per person. According to the center, the collected money will be used to clear away the garbage left by the climbers on the mountain. Till now, it's still unclear when exactly the fee will be collected.
|Admission Fee of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve Area||April - October: CNY 180; |
November - next March: CNY 90
From Feb. 1 to Apr. 30, 2018, visitors can enter Everest Base Camp for free.
Recommended Tour Itineraries:
Tibet to Nepal Discovery: 13 Days of Lhasa-Tsetang-Gyangtse-Shigatse-Dingri-Everest Base Camp-Dingri-Zhangmu-Katmandu
Hiking to Mt. Everest: Trekking from Rongbu to World's Highest Peak
Trekking to World's Highest Peak: 4 days of Old Tingri - Lunjang - Nam-La Pass - Zemukh Village - Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Camp