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Accommodations at Mount Everest Base Camp


If you are planning a tour to Everest Base Camp, you may be very interested in a question, that is, where to stay at Everest Base Camp. 

There is a real "base camp" at the height of 5150m of mount Everest which you need to provide all the permits, support etc. to stay in it. If you are a regular tourist, you can't stay in the real base camp. Then what's the closest hotel to EBC and where can you lodge around EBC?

In fact, there are hardly any "real" hotels near the EBC. Accommodations around Everest Base Camp are very simple. The hotels are in the remote far from the big cities so they cannot offer the luxury rooms. But stay at these hotels to enjoy the charming sunrise of Mt. Everest, you will forget all the troubles of poor accommodations here.

Here are some suggestions of the accommodations around Mount Everest for your reference. One is the Rombuk Monastery guesthouse, the other one is tent hostels. 
 

Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Rongbuk monastery is just 6 Kilometers away from EBC, lies near the base of the north side of Mount Everest at 5,100 meters above sea level. The Rongbuk Everest Hotel is the highest hotel in the world located 50 m north of Rongbuk Monastery. The Hotel runs from April to late October every year. Staying here is quite challenging but exciting, you can see Mt. Everest through a valley between mountains.

Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
 

Location: 6 km north of EBC, 20 km north of Mount Everest Summit
Altitude: 5,100 m (16,730 ft)
Time: from April to late October
Facilities: 
Beds: there are only about 30 rooms and over 100 beds. Normally, 4 or 5 people share a room. It's very difficult to get a bed around the monastery in peak season.
Public toilets: "a hole in the ground" toilets (bring toilet paper yourself).

Water: Hot water is provided, but there is no shower.

Heat: heating comes from the stove in the middle of the room which burns yak and goat dung (venting to the outside, so you don't get all smoke smelly).

Shops and restaurants: there is a small restaurant outside the guesthouse. Guests can have hot noodles, coffee, milk, rice, or some instant food. The price is higher than in Lhasa due to the transport fee.

Electricity: there is little electricity at Rongbuk Monastery, so you'd better get your phone and camera charged at your (Tingri/Shigatse) hotel before you go (or you can bring a car charger). At Rongbuk monastery.

Phone signal: Said by previous visitors, China Mobile signal allows calls and texts, but Internet access is not available.
 

Tent Hostels

Tent hostels, often called Za-Rombuk in tour books, are set up by and run by a local family who live there for the several months. You are sharing their temporary home.

Tent Hostels

Tent Hostels

Location: 19 km (11 mi) north of Mount Everest
Altitude: 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Time available: April to November
Facilities:
Beds: 10 beds with extra quilts in each room, but in peak season a tent often sleeps more than 10.
Public toilets: toilets are the standard squat over a hole in the ground outside the tent hostels in small tents or huts (bring toilet paper yourself).
Water: there is no running water or shower. But each tent usually get water from the local snow-melt stream and have a barrel in the tent.


Heat: heating comes from the stove in the middle of the room which burns yak and goat dung (venting to the outside, so you don't get all smoke smelly).

Shops and restaurants: there is a small restaurant outside the guesthouse. Guests can have hot noodles, coffee, milk, rice, or some instant food. The price is higher than in Lhasa due to the transport fee.

Electricity: Power will be cut at midnight when the generator is switched off. There is low voltage at EBC, so you are advised to charge your phone, camera, and flashlight in Shigatse before going to EBC.
 

Staying in Tingri County

Tingri locates at an altitude of about 4,300 meters (14,107 feet), around 107 km north-west of Mount Everest. It is often used as a base by mountain climbers or trekkers. Why?

First of all, to visit the Everest Base Camp, visitors have to buy tickets in Tingri. Secondly, the lower altitude of Tingri will make travelers more comfortable and warmer, the risk of altitude sickness can be lessened a lot. In addition, the facilities of hotels in Tingri may be better than other places near to Mount Everest. More importantly, it just takes some time to drive to EBC, the scenery along the road can also give you surprise. 

There are two recommended hotels. Tibet Tingri Everest Hotel and Tingri Everest Shanghai Hotel. Both two hotels provide good supporting facilities.

Tibet Tingri Everest Hotel

Tibet Tingri Everest Hotel

The rooms are clean and equipped with a western toilet, two beds, no heating in the rooms but electric blankets will be provided. Electricity is provided for charging. You can also get oxygen supplement.

In a word, when traveling in remote parts of the world, especially at 5,050 meters, one can't expect good services as that in city or urban. Although the accommodation is not good even bad, when viewing the Mount Everest, you will feel the journey worth it.
 

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