Everest Base Camp is actually comprised of two base camps, each on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 17,598 ft (5,364 meters) and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 16,900 ft (5,150 meters). When I went in 2006, there had been recent troubles in Nepal, so the group I was with changed plans and approach through Tibet. Soon after this trip, the unrest in Nepal was replaced with unrest in Tibet. In fact, as of 2010, a visit to the North Base Camp requires a permit from the Chinese government, on top of the permit required to visit Tibet itself.
I’d read John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air before this trip and knew that base camp was as high as I intended to ascend, thank you very much. I did enjoy a peaceful hike down from base camp, where the last four photos presented here were taken.
Photos taken July 2006.