Xegar (4350 meter or 13800 feet), also called Shekar Dzong or Tingri, is a town at the base of Mount Everest on the Tibetan side. Built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, this small city with only 3000 inhabitants is the starting point for many climbing expeditions to the highest peaks in the world. Xegar is situated only 7 km from the main road leading from Nepal to Lhasa.
The mighty Himalayas, like a silver screen, zigzag along Tibet’s southern horizon and give Tibet its name “Roof of the World”. It possesses eleven peaks over 8000 meters, among which five lie along the Sino-Nepalese border, Mt. Everest (8848 m.), the world’s highest peak, Mt. Lhotse (8516 m.), Mt. Makalu (8463 m.), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201 m.), Mt. Shisha Pangma (8012 m.). There are some thirty peaks over 7000 m. and many more above 6000 m. The landscape on the northern side of the Himalayas contains the world’s highest glaciers.
Quomolangma, literally meaning “The Third Goddess” in Tibetan, is the highest mountain on earth with an altitude of 8848m. Mount Quomolangma is known to the western world as Mt. Everest, stands south of Tingri in southern Tibet, on the border between China and Nepal. The optimum time to visit Mount Quomolangma is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers and many attempts to reach its summit are made. Nearby the Rongpu Monastery can be found, a camp for mountaineers, having the highest elevation in the world. There are 217 glaciers on the northern slope of the peak giving it an amazing view. More information about the other peaks can be found in our climbing section.
Gutsuo (4480m or 14200ft), also called Galsuo, is a military base camp situated at the base of the plateau. After passing through the Nyalam Thong-La or Lablunga-La pass (5170m or 16400ft), panoramic views of the northern face of the Himalayan range can be seen including the best view of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. Accommodation here is in tented camps or at the barracks.