Nepal may relocate Everest base camp

Nepal may relocate Everest base camp

Nepal may relocate Everest Base Camp

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Nepal is considering relocating Everest Base Camp due to environmental concerns.

Taranath Adhikari, Director General of the Department of Tourism of Nepal, says the base camp location is at risk due to the melting of the nearby Khumbu Glacier.< /p>

“We have received recommendations from numerous stakeholders on relocation of the base camp. Although no decisions have been made yet, we take  these proposals very seriously", — Adhikari told CNN.

These recommendations are made by locals, climbers and environmental experts.

However, no major changes will be made to Everest, the world's highest peak. carried out in haste.
Since research can only be carried out in the spring, it may take 2-3 years to make a decision. Some of the research was done during this year's spring climbing season, which usually peaks in May.

Once the stakeholders have completed their research, they may need to submit a proposal to the Nepalese government. The Cabinet of Nepal will have the final say on this decision.
This is not the first time that stakeholders have sounded the alarm about the environmental damage on Mount Everest.

A study published earlier this year in the Nature Portfolio Journal of Climate and Atmospheric Science found that ice that formed over 2,000 years on the South Col Glacier melted in about 25 years.
Majewski, expedition leader and director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, told CNN that the constant climbing has taken its toll on the mountain.
Finding a balance between climbers' desire to climb Everest and the needs of local communities has been an ongoing challenge at  Nepal.
Tourism is the fourth largest industry in the country, employing 11.5% of Nepalis in some form, whether it be working in a hotel or guesthouse or escorting foreign tourists to the world's highest mountains.

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A permit to climb Everest costs at least $11,000.

The risks of climbing are also very serious. In 2015, Nepal banned novice climbers from climbing Everest due to security and base camp overcrowding reasons.

If too many climbers are allowed to climb within the short amount of time permitted by the weather, it can lead to  ;"traffic jams", which often have deadly consequences.

Mount Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of 5,400 meters above sea level. The proposed location for the new base camp may be 200–300 meters lower than the current height.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga