Rectified News For “China closes its Everest Base Camp for Tourists”. – Explore Tibet.
North Face of the world highest peak Mt Everest Base Camp has been one of the most popular Tibet tours and these days an incomplete information of its closure was widely spread online, in fact, it was never closed the base camp and a minor change for the tent guesthouses location by concerning the regional ecological system protection.
Recently there are rumors and misleading information regarding Tibet Everest Base Camp closure being passed around social media sites as well as worldwide media, even the BBC News released news about it on February 16th titled with “China Closes its Everest Base Camp to Tourist”, and it said, “Authorities have resorted to the unusual move to deal with the mounting waste problems at the site. The ban means tourists can only go as far as a monastery slightly below the 5,200m (17,060ft) base camp level”.
The misleading information was also broadly spread among China-based social media like Wechat and Weibo, but none of them got the true facts and real key factors behind this minor change. Similar misleading issues have happened in the past years when some travelers released photos of Everest Base Camp in Nepal side and instigated rumors that Tibet Everest Base Camp has problems of massive garbage, in fact, Tibet Everest Base Camp has never once had garbage problems unlike the Nepal side.
The rumor of the Tibet Everest Base Camp closure for tourists began from an announcement made by the Tibet Mt Everest Natural Reserve Management Administration on Dec 5th, 2018. The announcement said according to the <<Nature Reserve Protection Regulation of the People’s Republic of China>>, the key protective regions beyond the Rongbuk monastery would be closed. In fact, the closure was only a distance of no more than 4 km towards Mt Everest and Rongbuk monastery is still very much within the region of Everest Base Camp.
|S/No||Location Name||Altitude in Meter||Altitude in Feet|
|1.||2018 Tent Guesthouse Spot||5,150m||16896.33ft|
This change was taken to ensure the protection of the area’s ecological system as well as enhance tourists’ experiences, it never has nor will affect the view of the Mt Everest.
Below here we have some photos from different viewing points to prove that the recent change at the Tibet Everest Base Camp doesn’t affect tourist experience of viewing the Mt Everest peak, even from some photographers most highly recommended positions from the Rongbuk monastery as the best spot for Mt Everest North Face.
Therefore, our Tibet travel experts at Explore Tibet are happy to inform our travelers that Tibet Everest Base Tours are still available as one of the bestselling tours in 2018, and we are always welcoming for any questions about the Everest Base Camp and any other Tibet tours.