On Tuesday, Nepal and China jointly announced the newly measured height of Mount Everest to be 8,848.86 meters, up by 86 centimeters from the previous height of 8,848 m.
“We are extremely pleased to make a joint announcement (with China) of the new height of Mt. Everest, that is 8,848.86 meters,” said Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali during a live press conference organized at the Department of Survey.
“China-Nepal relationship would strengthen further in the days to come,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the conference.
The new announcement has put an end to all the speculations by geologists that the height of the world’s tallest mountain has changed due to possible shifts in the tectonic plates during the 2015 earthquake.
This is the first time Nepal has measured the height of Mt. Everest on its own. The Survey Department used the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to measure the height. The department started re-measuring the tallest peak in 2017. The team scaled the mountain on May 22, 2019, and installed the GPS equipment and ground-penetrating radar at the peak. The spending on measuring the mountain stood at NPR 130 million.
Likewise, China measured Mt. Everest from the northern side in 2019.
For the joint announcement of the new height, the Nepali and Chinese Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2019.
Mt. Everest’s height (8,848 m) was last calculated in 1954 by the Survey of India using the trigonometry method.