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A Trip to Mount Everest

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Mount Everest: The Pinnacle of Adventure 

While visiting China, mountaineers often decide to go and see the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest. The trip is long and takes one to many stupendous places on the way. But there is nothing more magnificent than traveling to one of the most dangerous places in the world, albeit beautiful. The mountain from afar looks magnificent, but little does one know of the dangers of climbing it. It is a challenge that every mountaineer aspires to conquer.  

The Majestic Mount Everest Invokes Awe

Mount Everest needs no introduction. The highest mountain in the world has its north face in China and its south face in Nepal. The most popular cities where the trek starts from are Kathmandu in Nepal and Lhasa in Tibet. While a trek to the summit of the mountain should be left to hardcore climbers, those who are visiting China on gap year jobs and study abroad programs stand a good chance of going on a trek ‘around’ the mountain. 

Typically a trip to China to learn Mandarin also results in visiting sites in and around the place where the Chinese language programs are being conducted. The same can be said about other gap year programs. But in case one wants, a trip to Mount Everest can be arranged.   

A trip to Mount Everest is an extensive tour which would require special preparation and would not be as simple as a “weekend” tour. Usually such a trip takes more than a week’s time but for those who love mountains and trekking, it is a magnanimous event.  Where professional mountaineers are concerned, they take their gear with them and pay hefty charges to scale the mountain.  

 But not all mountaineers would opt for scaling the mountain. There is a onetime license for every individual which can be as high as $25000. Add to this the cost of the gear and oxygen and one can easily see an expenditure exceeding $40000 for an attempt to reach the summit.   

Mount Everest is one of the most majestic places on the planet. It can be viewed distinctly from the base during the months between April and June. One can also visit the site to start climbing between September and October.   

Professional mountaineers and amateurs alike would be taken in by the sight of the majestic peak that rises above all. The tour usually starts from Lhasa in Tibet which is the closest airport. However this should not dissuade students and teachers visiting China for gap year jobs from seeing this grand architecture made by nature.   

From Lhasa one can drive to a place called Tingri, a set starting point for driving to the camping base of Mt.Everst.   

Baiba Township of Shegar Town in Tingri, a springboard for going to the base of Mt.Everest.

 One can visit the Mount Everest Nature Reserve on the way and driving with endless twists and turns, and hairpin bends for 100km before reaching the campig base of Mt.Everest. 

Driving with endless twists and turns, and hairpin bends

 In the middle of the way, then go on to the Gula Pass which is the first focal point where Mount Everest is viewed. It stands at a height of 5200 meters.    

the Gula Pass which is the first focal point where Mount Everest is viewed.

 The Rongbu, one of the highest monasteries in the world, it lies at the base of the Rongbuk Glacier.   

The Rongbu, one of the highest monasteries in the world, it lies at the base of the Rongbuk Glacier.

 The last leg of the journey starts here and ends at the base camp of Mount Everest. From there on, only professional climbers are allowed in with gear to go and scale Everest.   

The last leg of the journey starts here and ends at the base camp of Mount Everest

 

 

All others can scale a hill and behold the magnificent spectacle in front of their eyes. There are not many experiences as mind boggling as viewing one of the most beautiful yet equally dangerous places in the world.

All others can scale a hill and behold the magnificent spectacle in front of their eyes