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Mount Everest Photography Tips

Over the earth's 148,939,100 square kilometers of land, there is one place whose altitude above sea level is as high as 8,844.43 meters. The peak, which is covered with snow and ice all the year round is mount Everest.

For both Chinese and foreign photographers, Everest is an unforgettable dream about conquest. Perhaps you have photographed countless famous mountains and rivers, these mountains, no matter how precipitous, majestic, in the eyes of the world, they are all small when compared to mount Everest.

Everest is of profound significance to every photographer. It is not only a high point of creation, but also an extreme test to the physical and psychological quality of mankind. When the miracle of nature and the wonderful experience of individual intermingled with each other, the spiritual feeling that sublimates because of shock will worth to cherish forever!

In this page, you can find some useful photography tips of Mount Everest, e.g., best time and best location.These tips maybe helpful if you travel to Mount Everest.

Best Time for Taking Photos of Mount Everest

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The best time for taking photos is also the best time to travel to Mount Everest. It is between April to May and Sep. to Oct. each year. During these two periods, the weather on Mount Everest is relatively stable. The sky is clear that visibility is high than any other period, because there is less rain. You can see Mount Everest clearly and enjoy the scene of Banner Cloud and the golden mountain.

If you travel to Mount Everest during July to August, the rain season here, you may always find the Mount Everest surrounded by rain. Or if you travel in winter, the road to Mount Everest maybe not allows driving because of snow.

Best location for Taking Photos of Mount Everest

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The View Platform in Old Tingri

You can drive to the viewing platform in Tingri directly. Here, it is easy for you to shoot the view of sunset and sunrise on Mount Everest.
Dregura Mountain Pass
It is the Best place to shoot the four peaks of the Himalayas : Mount Everest, Cho Oyu Peak, Makalu Peak and Lhotse Peak.

The Hill near Rougbuk Monastery
Here, you can find the best angle to shoot the Mount Everest. It is accepted by most of the photographers. And here, the sunset can show the sunshine’s beauty on golden mountain better than sunrise. What is more, the white tower of Rougbuk Monastery can be used as the foreground to increase the deep feeling of photos, and add some humanity to the scenery.

Mt Everest Base Camp
At the Mount Everest Base Camp, you can shoot the Mount Everest without block, but you need to think hard for finding the special visual angle to shoot pictures the Mount Everest. Maybe dray support from the prayer flags, national flag, tent camping ground or some other pops.

What to Photograph on Mount Everest?

Rongbuk Valley Scenery

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Rongbuk valley located at an average altitude of 4, 000 metres, the flannelette valley is dotted with vast green fields and tree-lined villages. The yellow-brown fracture surface of the river valley shows a clear squeeze, and the markings on the rocks make the historical changes of the Tibetan plateau clearly. The most beautiful season to photo the Rongbuk valley is July.

Mount Everest Banner Cloud 

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It is the photographer's luck to meet and shoot the banner cloud above mount Everest. Every year between April and May is the best time to photograph the flag cloud because the wind speed of mount Everest is slow during this time.

When the weather is clear and sunny, there are often floating banner clouds over Mount Everest. These banner clouds are convective cumulus clouds. The shapes of the banner clouds are varied, sometimes like the surging waves, and sometimes like the galloping horses. Occasionally, you can see the highland eagle flying above the banner cloud which embellishes the infinite scenery of the perilous peak.

Mount Everest Sunrise and Sunset

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To take a photo of the golden sunrise and sunset of mount Everest is a dream of all photographers. 

Because of its 8,844 meters altitude above sea level, mount Everest can not only be illuminated by low-angle light, but also by the light below the horizon. Therefore, the sunrise and sunset on mount Everest are unusual. The mountain will be colored with orange light within a few minutes of sunrise and sunset. Pressing the shutter button at the right moment, you will certainly get a wonderful picture. Except the rainy season in July and August, there is a great opportunity to see the golden sunrise and sunset over mount Everest.

Mount Everest Starry Sky

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When the moon disappears in June, you can see the the brightest starry sky above mount Everest. The starry sky you can see at Everest base camp will be spectacular and stunning. You can even experience the feeling that the stars are close to the top of your head. It's really an unparalleled wonderful experience.

Photo Problems on Mount Everest

Q: How to keep warm when shooting on mount Everest?

A: The temperature of the Everest base camp is very low, and it often reaches minus 10 degrees during the night. As a result, wind protection warm coat, gloves, scarf, hat is indispensable. More important, you must prevent exposed skin from touching the camera and the metal parts of the tripod in a freezing environment, where the skin can be hurt by sticking to the metal.

Q: How to protect the battery against the cold?

A: Normally, photographers should take more than two batteries when shooting, and the batteries that do not fit into the camera should be kept warm in the pocket of closest to body. For batteries that are used on camera, it is best to remove them after 10 minutes and replace them with a warm battery in your pocket. The use of batteries in this way can greatly prolong the working time of the battery in a low temperature environment.

Q: Is it better to use a manual camera in cold areas than automatic?

A: Manual cameras are extremely difficult to operate in extremely cold environments. The low temperature will cause the people not flexible which makes it more difficult to focus. More serious is that the glass viewfinder will be fuzzy because of vapor produced with breath, so still an automatic camera is more advocated. It's best to bring a small toothbrush to brush the frost on the viewfinder eyepiece.

Q: Is the temperature also very low in summer? How to dress?

A: The minimum temperature of the Everest Base Camp during nighttime in summer is around minus 5 degrees, and the surface occasionally freezes. But at noon the temperature starts to rise above 12 degrees centigrade. It is recommended to wear a stormcoat and it is best to wear clothing that is attached to a hat.