At 8,848m, Mount Everest is the highest peak
of the Himalayas and is the highest mountain
in the world. Located at the meeting place
of the Dingri county of Shigatse, Tibet and
Nepal, the north slope of Everest belongs
to Tibet, whilst the south side belongs to
Nepal. The southern area is known as the Quomolangma nature reserve.
Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) is at the foot
of Mount Everest and lodging is available
but you have to take your own food. Lodging
in tents is available on the track up to
Everest Base Camp but picking a good tent
can sometimes be an issue.
The track from Rongbuk is 8km to Base camp
and a 2 to 3 hour walk due to the thin air.
Unfortunately, our inexperienced guide had
never been there before (we learnt that later)
and he decided to take, what he perceived
to be a shortcut off the track, which resulted
in us getting lost and ending up some 200
metres above base camp, looking down on it,
in an area that was beyond our permit!