Everest & Its 3 Faces

Claiming to be the highest mountain in the world at the height of 8848 meter, Everest is always on the telescopic eyes of mountaineering enthusiast who are keen to explore this region at least once their lifetime.

The magnificent Himalayan mountain range Mt. Everest borders two countries. Its South flank is located in Nepal and its North flank is located in Tibet. Learn more about the three faces of Everest below.

The Kangshung Face

The Tibetan sides of the mountain the Kangshung Face is the East Face of Mount Everest. It is 3,350 metres (11,000 ft) from its base on the Kangshung Glacier to the summit. Relatively unknown to the outside world until the 20th century the eastern side of the mountain is one of the least accessible and developed side of the mountain.

The Kangshung face can only be reached following 6 to 7 days march from Khata, which includes crossing  the Shao La or Langma La passes into the Kama valley.

The North Face “Everest”

The Tibetan side of the Mountain, North Face is at at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above the Sea Level. The North side has base camps which are makeshifts campsites that are used by mountain climbers for several days for acclimatization to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness. Whereas Base Camp for tourist is located near to Rongbuk Monastery; which claims to be the highest monastery of the worldwhereas the actual tibetan base camp is located in the foot of Rongbuk glacier 8 km south to the monastery.

The North Face Everest Base Camp is accessible by vehicles through a 100 km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway. As of 2010, a visit to the North Base Camp required a permit from the Chinese government plus a permit required to visit Tibet.

The South Face “Everest”

The Nepal side of the Mountain, South Face is at at 8,848 metres (16,900 ft) above the Sea Level, claiming to be the highest among the three faces. The south face is also one of the most popular trekking destination of the world with thousands visiting every year. Same as the North side the South has makeshift base camp for mountain climbers located in the foot of Khumbu Glacier.

Short Flight to Lukla and 7 to 8 days trek is what you need to in order to see the mighty south face of Everest. Keep in mind that views of Mt. Everest are obstructed by surrounding mountains for most of the trekking and climbing route from the base camp. You need to hike up to Kalapathar to get a proper view of the Everest.


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