EBC And Rongbuk Monastery
Everest Base Camp
As the highest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest with altitude of 8844m has become a final objective for tourists dreaming to get closer contact with the sky. And Everest Base Camp, shortened as EBC, literally means the base camp set on the flat area near Mt. Everest, where shops, hotels, and even post offices exist, supporting tourists to scale the mountain and ensuring their life safety.
Actually, all travelers can get to Everest Base Camp. The trekking to EBC usually takes one or two hours, the most popular route is from Rongbuk Monastery to EBC, and of course, you can take the vehicle to get to EBC directly. Trekking on the roof of the world with an altitude of 5200m is not easy, even if you don’t take anything, it equals that you take 30kg baggage at low altitude area.
On the way to Everest Base Camp, tourists can have views of spectacular landscapes such as Himalayan ranges, glaciers and so on. Therefore, traveling to Everest Base Camp is an must-see attraction for your Tibet travel.
When is the Best Time to Go to EBC?
As we all know that the rainy and snowy seasons are not appropriate for tourists to have trekking. So regarding the best time to EBC, you are suggested to visit it in Spring(mid-April to early June) and Fall(late September to early November). During these periods, it’s not too cold or cloudy so you are likely to see the golden summit of Mt. Everest from EBC.
How to Get to EBC?
As a matter of fact, there are two Everest Base Camps in different nations, Nepal and China. The cause is that the north of the Mount Everest is situated in China, and the south of it is in Nepal. So far, for tourists who enter EBC from Nepal, it would be sensible that travelers take the bus from Kathmandu to Jiri or Salleri before they accomplish the rest of EBC trekking tour. Flying to Lukla airport located in Nepal is an alternative as well, although in several months this route is possibly not workable because the airline is quite dangerous in certain seasons. From my view that it is highly recommended to travel to EBC from Tibet, China. Since the whole summit of Mt. Everest can be viewed without hinder from near mountains ranges. Moreover, taking a tour van to enter EBC in Tibet is optional while this way is impossible in Nepal. So if you prefer to have an entire view of the Mt. Everest, and don’t want trekking at the highland, you should not miss the itinerary of Tibet.
What Shall Tourists Prepare Before Getting to EBC?
It is always advantageous for tourists to be well-prepared when you are planning to have a trip, especially for touring at EBC. Firstly, tourists are expected to take down jackets and warm sleeping bags to keep warm during the coldness night. Then please remember to take along your sun cream, sunglasses, or snow glasses used in snowy season. To avoid strong ultraviolet, these requisites could be helpful. Besides, medicine is what you must take in case of the altitude sickness or fever comes along. Apart from things are mentioned above, other things such as Lip balm, moisturizer, spare batteries, and food can be taken to help you get through hardship that might occur at EBC.
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of ‘The Highest Flag Cloud in the World’. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.
Rongbuk Monastery was built by a local lama in about 1899. The altitude is 5, 000 m. (16, 404.2 ft.) more or less, which is the highest among all the temples in the world. It is a five-tier building, but only 2 floors are in use now. In the frontispiece of the main hall, were sacrificed the statues of Sakyamuni and Geru Rinpoche. and the mural paintings inside are especially worthy of appreciation.
Monks and nuns live in the same monastery and celebrate the Buddhist festivals together. From 15th April of the Tibetan Calendar a Buddhist dancing ceremony is held here, which will last for three days. This is held to celebrate the birth of Sakyamuni, which is known as Saka Dawa Festival. During the play, many monks disguise themselves as Rabbis and dance many scenes one after another, and most scenes portray different characters and clothing. The noisy and special activity often attracts many local residents and visitors to the temple. Another Tibetan festival is held on 29th December of Tibetan Calendar to placate wandering ghosts, and monks wearing masks also perform this grand ceremony.
Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier Zone, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. The three glaciers north of the Mt. Everest flow south and congregate at a river traversing the foot of the monastery. This is called ‘Rongbuk River’, and the water there is extremely cold.