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Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

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#1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Tingri County
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Sid wrote a review Feb 2020
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Solo 1-night stay in September 2019. I didn’t actually stay at the guesthouse, as I explain below, and this is a review of both, the guesthouse and the nearby tents. To get to Everest Base Camp (EBC; also Rongbuk Monastery, the guesthouse and the tents), you park your vehicle at the EBC parking lot and take a half-hour electric “Ecobus” ride to the monastery. You have to leave luggage in your vehicle, taking only an overnight bag (most people stay only overnight). The guesthouse is located across the road from Rongbuk Monastery, with the tents village next door. The latter used to be closer to EBC (and further ahead of the monastery), but was apparently relocated in 2019. There are 10 rooms at the guesthouse, and mine (No. 5) had 2 single beds with duvets and pillows on them. The linen – bedsheets, pillow and duvet covers – were all clean and freshly changed. The room also had a mirror, a set of drawers, and a small plastic bowl for use as a washbasin (note: the bowl was standalone, with no drainage). I was given a small padlock with keys, to lock the room door. The room didn’t have much of a view, and I don’t recall seeing any source of heat in the room. The guesthouse offers free WiFi and the speed is pretty good. Apparently, there is a cafeteria, although I didn’t see one. Note that there is no running water, so having a shower is out of the question. The toilets are outside, in a separate section from the one with the rooms. I’ll try and describe the toilets – there are no doors, just holes in the ground separated by a low wall. And there weren’t enough incense sticks to overcome the stench. Having read other reviews, I was mentally prepared for the worst… the reality was even bleaker!! However, things were about to get worse… There had been a mix-up, and I was apparently supposed to stay in a tent, and not at the guesthouse. So, half an hour after checking-in, I was “walked” across to the tents village next door. I don’t remember the number of the tent that we ended up in (I want to say No. 10, but can’t be sure). It was big, and divided into 4 smaller sub-sections - one where the owner & his family stayed / cooked / slept, two sleeping sections for guests, and one sitting-and-guests’-sleeping section. The latter section had a yak-dung-and-wood-fired oven for boiling water and for heat (the other sections didn’t have any source of heat). The tent owner’s wife made us really tasty noodle soup for dinner, and yak tea and porridge for breakfast. There was also plenty of hot water available to drink. The sleeping sections were all dormitory style, with adjoining camp beds - meaning you might end up spooning with a complete stranger!! Thankfully, my guide and I were the only ones in “our” section of 6 beds (I was told more people might arrive later that night but, thankfully, no one turned up). The conditions in the tent were dire – the beds were dirty, and I don’t think the sheets had been changed all season. The duvets and pillows were equally filthy. I didn’t bother to change at night, even keeping my jacket on. Plus, there was a lot of disturbance all night - sounds not only from the adjoining sections of the tent, but from nearby tents, and stray dogs barking outside. It rained/sleeted/snowed that night, and the tent had multiple leaks. The owner put pots under the leaks to collect water, but some parts of the tent “floor” were muddy puddles in the morning. It was really cold inside the tent, so at some point of the night, I stopped thinking about how dirty the duvets were, and curled up under 2 of them. I barely slept that night due to the snoring neighbours, the barking dogs, the sound of rainfall, the filthy bed, and the altitude sickness. The toilet in the tents village is a truck with holes for squatting, and it was absolutely unusable. Stepping out of the tent in the morning, we were greeted by the sight of other tourists avoiding using the filthy toilets, and heading to secluded spots behind the tent village. Enough said. In conclusion, I would strongly recommend AGAINST staying overnight at the EBC. The guesthouse is adequate, while the tent is dire, and the toilet situation in both is horrendous. Therefore, it is probably best to stay overnight in a nearby village / town, visit EBC during the day, and return to the nearby village / town. If, however, that is not an option, stay at the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse. Insist that tour agency book you there instead of the tents – at least you’ll sleep in a clean bed.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Dean-Traveller wrote a review Jan 2020
Mugla, Turkey565 contributions228 helpful votes
You come for the experience of being at the base of Everest and as near to the magnificent mountain as one can be without climbing and camping. Here in Tibet there is a Chinese sealed road all the way to Rongbuk. The last few miles need to be undertaken in a "Ecobus". Everest can. e seen from the courtyard and some of the rooms. Watching sunset and sunrise were very special. No trouble waking for sunrise as slept little due to headache from being at 5200m and the cold. You need to drink lots to hold off altitude sickness but then you need to visit the toilet. The toilet is a long drop version outside with a cold draft coming up the drop. No door, smelly and much like many other toilets in Tibet. Rooms were clean but basic. Some have 2 beds but most have 4 beds. Some companies book rooms with electric mattress covers and all have heavy thick duvets. There is no running water so no showers. Water is provided in a flask for drinks and washing. The flask can also double as a bed warmer. Did not want a shower anyway; too cold. Kept all my clothes on in bed. There is a single electricity outlet with an attached extension cable with 4 outlets. No WiFi when I was there. One bulb just about lights the room. Corridor and toilet also has some weak lighting. Meeting a yak while looking at Everest in the moonlight made at least one trip to the toilet worthwhile. Great experience and worth the 2 day road journey from Lhasa. This is a special place and long may the monastery keep their monopoly on providing beds here. A modern functional hotel would ruin the magic.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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ahempel06 wrote a review Oct 2019
Wollerau, Switzerland30 contributions
This guesthouse cannot be rated. No heating, no water and the most simplest chinese toilets; but what can you expect in the middle of nowhere at 5000m altitude. Chose well the timing when you go (temperature, visitors etc.). The food is good and the people friendly. Anyway you come to see the Mount Everest and that‘s the best you get. The area is now considered to be the chinese base camp.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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inkworksak wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed at the monastery guest house in mid-October. It was quite cold and windy, but the room had electric mattress pads--although not one for every bed. The light was a bare bulb suspended from a sketchy looking wire but it worked. Toilets are an issue all over Tibet, and these were not worse than some but definitely very basic. The benefit was having to go outside to reach them in the middle of the night meant we got to see Everest in the light of a full moon, and the wind had died down by then. It was spectacular and worth it, but do be prepared for cold weather. The restaurant is basic but had great hot tea and soup, especially welcome after watching the sun set over Everest in the cold wind! As someone else said, you have to take an eco-bus the last distance so pre-pack an overnight bag with ALL your warm clothes ahead of time. We didn't realize this and ended up without some of the gear we had carefully hauled all the way from home just for this one night.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Limhoe L wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed at the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse recently in September,2019. We could get a fantastic view of Mount Everest from the guesthouse. It snowed all night.To our delight, the whole place looked like a winter wonderland the next day. The room came with clean bedsheets and even an electric mattress pad! We could sleep comfortably all throughout the night. In addition, there was an oxygen outlet in case we needed it, which was good, considering the high altitude {5200m) we were at. All in all, the facilities were basic but not as terrible as we thought before we went for the trip. A once in a lifetime experience not to be missed
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Which popular attractions are close to Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Rongbuk Monastery (0.2 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.