The traditional climbing routes of Mt. Everest are mainly divided into South and North slopes, which are managed by Nepal and China respectively. In recent years, both countries have strengthened the management of climbing activities at Mount Everest.
An announcement issued by the Everest Administration of Tingri County was shown on the official government website of Tibet Autonomous Region, as regard to the protection of the ecological environment of Everest Area. According to the announcement, it is forbidden for any unit or individual to enter the core zone for tourism reason and go further than the Rongbuk Monastery in Mount Everest National Nature Reserve.
Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest
Although the government announced the ban that the core zone cannot be visited by the tourists, it does not mean tourists are not able to visit the Mount Everest National Nature Reserve. In fact, it is only 2 kilometers from the Everest Base Camp to the Rongbuk Monastery, which has no impact on people’s view of the magnificent Mount. Everest. Besides, there are several ideal scenic spots near the Rongbuk Monastery, where tourists can take pictures as many as they like.
Recently, the report about “Everest Scenic Spot Permanently closed” spread across internet and caused a big stir in the public. The relevant departments of Tibet Autonomous Region officially confirmed that the news is untrue. And the National Nature Reserve of Mount Everest in Tibet will continue to be open conditionally, and climbing activities in accordance with the law can still be carried out.
Kelsang, deputy director of Mount Everest Administration Bureau says the ordinary tourists are allowed to visit areas around Rongbuk Monastery, at the altitude about 5,150 meters above sea level. As for travelers who have a climbing permit, they can go to the base camp at the altitude of 5,200 meters.
Everest Base Camp is the first stop for climbers to climb the Everest. It used to be a landmark for tourists to view the magnificent Everest and take pictures. The air line from the Everest Base Camp to the summit of Everest is about 19 kilometers.
It is understood that Mount Everest National Nature Reserve consists of three parts: core zone, buffer zone and experimental zone. The area above the Rongbuk Monastery is considered to be the core zone.
According to the regulations, for approved professional climbers and scientific researchers, it is still possible to go to the locations of the previous base camp of Everest and above to carry out related activities.