The tent hotels near Everest Base Camp are a great place to stay with an excellent view of the mountain. The tent hotels are located about 5kms past Rongbhu Monastery and about 3kms before base camp. During the high season, the tent hotels are as far as Land Cruisers and other travel agency vehicles can go. In order to go to base camp you have to either hike or take a bus. The bus costs Y25 per person for the roundtrip journey. During the low season, the bus stops running so your Land Cruiser can drive you all the way to base camp.
There are at least 30 different tents set up near base camp. Each tent charges the same: Y40 per person. The tents all have a stove inside with plenty of blankets. They all serve hot and cold drinks as well as food. Menu's are in English and most of the tent hotel staff can speak and understand simple English words. There are numerous shops selling all types of small Tibetan souvenirs and there is also a post office, supposedly the "highest in the world".
The tent hotels open in early April and stay open through early November (opening and closing dates are subject to change). During the low season, the tents are closed so you will have to stay at either the Rongbhu Monastery guesthouse or at a guesthouse in Tashi Dzom or some other small village along the way to base camp. Located at over 5000m, the tents can be quite cold in April and May and it is difficult to get our of your warm bed in the morning. The sunrise over Everest though, cannot be missed. Seeing the first rays of sun hit the North Face makes getting up in the cold worth it.
The tent hotels are a great place to spend a night at. Most people only spend one night there before either heading back to Lhasa or to the Nepal border, though it is possible to stay longer. There is good hiking in the area immediately around the tent hotels that do not require any climbing or hiking permit.
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