The wanderlust for adventure undoubtedly starts with mountains. And when it comes down to experience the most thrilling moment, it is the first sight of the mighty, the Mount Everest. Every year, trekkers and mountaineers all over the world travel to Nepal and Tibet to have a glimpse of the tallest mountain range in the world which is probably the best from the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Its location on the border of China and Nepal makes it visible from both the sides but apparently in different angles. In Nepal, Mount Everest is called ‘Sagarmatha' that means the forehead of the sky. On the other hand, in Tibet, people know Mount Everest in a different name, and that is ‘Qomolangma’ that means the ‘third goddess’.
The difference of viewing the mighty from these two locations have always existed because of the geographical angle, climatic changes, routes and even when it comes to climbing the Mount Everest.
Here are some of the facts related to these differences that will even let you determine your most preferred route to reach the mighty mountain.
The Basic Difference in Geographical Location
It is the difference between the position of the slopes in Tibet and China that matters the most in this case. Whereas the northern slope is located in the Tingri County of Tibet, China, on the other hand, the southern slope is located in Nepal.
The Point of Elevation
A lot of people may not know the fact that the elevation height is also different in both Nepal and Tibet. Whereas China's State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has declared that the height of Mt. Everest is 8844.43 meters, on the other hand, Nepal had a strict reservation for thinking that the mighty Everest is 8848 meters. As the difference between these two countries was not coming to an end and people were still divided regarding this issue, both the governments took the initiative of recognizing the data of one another.
The Locations of the Base Camps
Mount Everest has been divided based on these two slopes. As the northern slope is claimed by the Tibet, the North Everest Base Camp (5200 meters) trek needs to be started from Tibet, China and likewise the South Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) is located in Nepal.
The climatic changes in any mountain ranges are always unpredictable. You cannot decide exactly it will start pouring down and when it's going to bright and shiny. Especially, when it is Mount Everest, the changes are much more visible in every way possible. The weather around the mountain range is obviously quite unstable. The climate in the northern and southern part of Everest is drastically different.
In the southern slope, the gusts of southwesterly wind hit the Mount Everest. The wind comes from the Indian Ocean located on that side. Evidently, the air in part remain thick with humidity, and the amount of rainfall is also heavy. On the other hand, the northern slope remains quite dry, and therefore you can see a little grass and some plants are going in that part.
Difference in the Time of Climbing
The climatic differences in both the slopes undoubtedly contribute in determining the time of climbing. April to May followed by September to November is considered to be the ideal times for climbing Mount Everest from Tibet. Don't try to go there from June to August as the area remains profoundly affected by the heavy rainfall around those areas.
The climate of Mount Everest from Nepal remains favorable during the time of October to November. Most of the mountaineer pick these months of the year to climb the Everest. The challenges in the slope around Nepal remains less challenging and therefore if you too have chosen that time, be prepared to face a lot of crowd of mountaineers at this point.
Difference in Views from EBC of Nepal and Tibet
In the case you wish to limit your trip till the Everest Base Camp and want to enjoy the spectacular view of some of the most majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas including the mighty Everest, your trip can be planned on either Nepal or Tibet.
According to the mountaineers who visit the Everest Base Camp, every year claims that the view of Mount Everest is superior from Tibet EBC compared to that of Nepal. You can witness the skyscraping peaks of five mountains including Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Mount Everest (8844.43 meters), Shishapangma(8012meters) and Cho Oyu (8201meters) as well.
In Nepal, your trekking will start at Kathmandu. You have to take a flight from Kathmandu to reach Lukla, and from there, you need 12 more days to reach the EBC. Expect to have a clear sky and witness the fantastic views of Mount Everest (8844.43 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Cho Oyu (8201meters). You will also see some comparatively smaller ranges including Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Nuptse (7879 meters) and Khumbila (5761 meters).
Which is the best route for climbing Mount Everest?
Well, it is a crucial question that often pops up in the mind of the beginners who have just started finding out and exploring the routes to make the most adventurous journey of their life. Climbing Mount Everest is always considered as one of the toughest tasks. However, with the adequate commercialization of the trek has encouraged a lot of people to take up the challenge of their lifetime?
Considering the elevation of the routes in both Nepal and Tibet along with the difficulty levels, there is no doubt about the fact that Nepal offers a better way to reach Mount Everest. The southern slope in Nepal is undoubtedly less steep than the northern slope in Tibet offering the mountaineers a bit comfortable journey. Moreover, the climbing policies in China are far more complicated than that of Nepal. Therefore, commercial agencies providing the trek to Mount Everest prefer Nepal to be their preferred area for climbing. Now, it's time for being part of this adventure, and you should choose the best route to experience the Himalayas, especially the mighty Everest for making it a memory to cherish forever.