Mount Everest North Base Camp

Everest Base Camp: a paved road to the Roof of the World

Located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Mount Everest North Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5.157m (16,919ft) above the sea level. The road to the base camp is a magnificent feat of engineering. It’s mostly asphalted.

The road, near to the Nepal border, climbs up to the Everest North Base Camp, a campsite on the highest mountain in the world, that is used by expeditions climbing Everest from the north. Located in Qomolangma National Nature Reserve, the road to the base camp is mostly paved—and, at least in terms of this feat of engineering, it is magnificent. It’s called Zhufeng Road. The asphalted part literally goes right to base camp ending at Zhufeng Base Camp Parking Lot, at 5.017m above the sea level. Just the last 5.4km are unpaved. The road follows the same historic route, pioneered by Mallory & Irvine.

Located within the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The road doesn’t receive heavy snow, so getting there is no problem. Anyways keep in mind that you are in the Himalayas at very high elevation, so anything can happen. The scenery is truly breathtaking with mixed forest, flower filled meadows, glaciers, rivers and spectacular mountainous panoramas throughout. A drive not to be missed! Millions of switchbacks, going over 17,000-foot passes. Unbelievable views of everything from Shisha Pangma to Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse. As a tourist attraction, it’s one of the coolest roads on the planet. The drive is very scenic.

The drive offers great views of Everest north face. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the end of the road, oxygen is in short supply. A visit to the North (China-side) Base Camp currently requires a permit from the Chinese government.


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