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Mt. Everest

Snow capped Mt. Everest, Tibet

Mt. Everest, also called Mt. Qomolangma in Tibetan has a height of 8844.43 meters (29017 ft), which is the highest peak in the world. Meaning Mother Goddess of the Universe in Tibetan, Mt. Qomolangma borders Nepal in the south. Snow capped mountain, massive glaciers and splendid seracs attract climbers and visitors every year.

Since the North Col of Mt. Everest is located in Tinggri (or Shegar), most visitors start their climing there. Now the starting point for most mountaineers is the Rongbuk Monastery, which is about 48 kilometers (30 miles) away from New Tinggri. The monastery, which was founded in 1899, is the highest monastery in the world. One can overlook the beauty of Everest standing here. Rongbuk Monastery is also a must-see for visitors because of its long history and unique location. Visitors can stay overnight in the Rongbuk Hostel.

Sitting on the local oxcart while appreciating the fine scenery on the way to Qomolangma Base Camp, it is possible that visitor are unconscious of the altitude--more than 5,000 meters (about 16404 ft) above sea level. Not every one can conquer such a high altitude. So once you feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to stop. A 10-meter (about 33 ft) high small hill opposites the Base Camp would be your perfect viewing point to appreciate the holy Mt. Everest.

Admission Fee: CNY 180 (Mt. Everest Nature Reserve Area)

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