Mount Everest, known in China as Mount Qomolangma, is the world's highest peak at 8848m (29,029 ft). Encased in snow and ice throughout the year and seamed with giant glaciers, crevasses and icefalls, it is one of the ultimate challenges for climbers as well as a sight of awesome beauty.
Tourists in Tibet can visit the Mt Everest Base Camp by renting a 4-wheel drive in Lhasa, or traveling to Shigatse and renting a car from there. Whichever itinerary is chosen, the journey must be pre-approved by the PSB. Travelers to the Base Camp usually visit the Rongbuk Monastery as well: this is one of the highest religious buildings in the world, lying at the foot of the Rongbuk glacier, some 5100m (16,732 feet) above sea level.
Note: Travelers should be cautious about this trip because of the high altitude. Make sure you have spent plenty of time in Lhasa to acclimatize before making the trip. Read the advice on acute mountain sickness in Travel Tips. Consult your doctor if in doubt. Bring plenty of water and wear warm clothes and stout shoes.