Mt. Everest & Gyirong border
Everest is the main peak of the Himalayas, which is the highest mountain in the world. It is located at the junction of China and Nepal. The north slope is in the territory of Tingri County, Tibet, China, and the southern slope is in Nepal.The top of the mountain is snow-covered all the year and its height is 8,848.13 meters. It is the highest peak in the world.The upper part of the mountain peak is covered with ice and snow all year round. The terrain is steep, and the mountain body is like a giant pyramid.There is the Tibetan “Shangri-La” Kharta valley, known as “the most beautiful valley in the world”. Looking up, there are snow-capped mountains and glaciers, and it is a favorite place for pedestrianism of Tour Pals. There is the world's tallest temple, Rongbuk Temple, which is a great location where you can see the golden snow mountain during sunrise. Everest is not only towering and grand, but also is with a tremendous momentum. In the range of 20 kilometers around it, there are more than 40 peaks above 7000 meters above sea level, including the world's fourth highest peak - Lhotse Peak in the south 3 kilometers away from Everest and the Zhuoqiong peak of 7589 meters above sea level. The fifth highest peak in the world - Makalu is in the southeast of Everest; in the north 3 kilometers away from Everest is the Changtse with an altitude of 7543 meters, and in the west is the Nuptse Peak and Pumori Peak.However, people are most interested in the clouds floating on the top of the peak, as if they were a flag flying on the top of the peak, so this kind of cloud is called the flag cloud.
The 4.25 earthquake destroyed Zhangmu border between China and Nepal, the traffic arteries on the Zhangmu border were cut off due to the earthquake, and the Zhangmu border was forced to close. It has not yet been opened.Since then, Gyirong is the only land border between Tibet and Nepal. According to the Tibet Tourist Bureau, the Gyirong border was opened to international tourists from August 29, 2017. This means that tourists from other countries can travel to and from Nepal and China through the Gyirong border. Before this, the Gyirong border only allowed the citizens of both countries pass it.
Best season: April - June and September - October are the best. April-June is the spring season which is the transitional period of the gusty season to the rainy season. At the end of September-October is the autumn which is the transitional period of the rainy season to the gusty season. At this time, there may be good weather, strong visibility, and a full view of Mount Everest. You can enjoy the flag clouds and golden mountains and the climbing is safer. From October to April of the next year, due to the cold weather, it is not suitable for tourism around the snow mountains, especially in winter when the snow is so much that you can not pass. July and August are the rainy season. The weather is bad, the road is not good, and with the misty rain you can't see Everest clearly. But at this time, you can feel the magnificence of melting ice and snow in the glaciers and the pulse of rivers.
Suggested traveling length: 2-5 days