After crossing the 5,220-meter-high Gazola Mountain Pass, tourists soon arrive in Tingri County. Tingri County is divided into old and new. Old Tingri was the seat of Dingri County government before 1968, that is, Gangga Township today; while New Tingri has become the political, economic and cultural center of Tingri County, where tourists basically stop for a short time and which is only 60 kilometers away from Everest Base Camp. As long as the sky is clear, you can see Mount Everest beside the road. Continuing along the China-Nepal Highway for 5 kilometers, you will find the mountaineering checkpoint. On King Kong Mountain, about 7 kilometers northeast of Xiegel Town, there is a Xiegel Qude Temple, which was founded in 1385. The current Buddhist temple was rebuilt after the 1980s.
Where is Mt. Everest on the Map?
Mount Everest is located on the Asian Himalayan border between Tibet and Nepal. In Nepal, Mount Everest is located in Sagarmatha National Park in Solukhumbu District. On the Tibetan side, Mount Everest is located in Tingri County, Shigatse Prefecture. Due to geography, the Nepalese side of Mount Everest is more accessible. When someone says they’re going to “trek to Everest Base Camp,” they’re referring to the 17,598-foot southern camp in Nepal.
Distance from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp
Arriving in Lhasa, it is still far away from the Mount Everest base camp. The straight-line distance from Lhasa to the Everest Base Camp is about 450 kilometers, the driving distance is about 700 kilometers, and the driving time is about 14 hours. Therefore, it usually takes 2 days to reach the Everest Base Camp from Lhasa.