It’s always exciting to hear about Mount Everest. When the name itself is so buzzy, new updates about the activities in and around the peak would definitely be the matter of special interest.
Here are some of the latest interesting updates on Mount Everest:
Height of the Peak Being Remeasured!
Going by Nepal’s recent decision, it seems that the time to rethink on the height of the world’s highest peak has arrived.
Following a long-standing debate on whether the 2015 earthquake in Nepal had affected the height of Mount Everest, Nepal has recently launched a ‘national pride’ project to remeasure the height of the peak.
In a statement on September 15, 2017, the Government of Nepal informed that it has already begun the project to check if the Mount Everest was altered by the major earthquake in 2015 that shook the entire country.
“Nepal has never measured Everest on its own although the world’s highest peak lies in its territory. So, we want to prove to our people that Nepal is capable of measuring Everest,” says Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, Head of Nepali Government’s survey department.
According to Bhatta, a team of Nepali and foreign experts are working on the methodology for implementation of the new survey , which is expected to take two years.
Under this process to remeasure Mount Everest height, a Sherpa team will be reaching the peak with necessary measuring equipment, either in April or October 2018, which is usually a favorable period on the peak.
The height of Mount Everest has been a long debate because of the disagreement among geologists and mountaineers, among others over inclusion of snow atop the peak in the total measurement.
The current height of Mount Everest measures 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) as recorded by an Indian survey in 1954. This figure remained till date even though various other teams measured it later.
Special Fee for Foreign Tourists
A day after informing about the new project, the Government of Nepal on September 16, 2017, made another announcement for foreign tourists visiting Mount Everest.
According to Nima Dorjee Sherpa, the newly-elected Chairman of the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu District, Nepali Constituent Assembly has passed a directive asking the Rural Municipality to levy a Rs 2,000 entry fee on every foreigner visiting the Khumbu region for Mount Everest.
This decision, to be effective from October 1, 2017, was part of its efforts to promote local tourism and decentralize revenue collection to the local bodies of the country, says Nima Dorjee.
The Nepali Government was also asked to restrict other agencies and NGOs such as Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board from collecting any entry fee from foreigners visiting the Khumbu region.
Online Health Services Launched
To address the health challenges that trekkers usually face on their travel across the Everest camp, a local service provider, Everest Link has launched online health services in the region.
Now, trekkers and mountaineers traveling across the Lukla-Everest Base Camp route can get free online medical services through Wi-Fi facility.
According to Tshering Gyaljen Sherpa, CEO of Everest Link, the services are being provided in collaboration with the two hospitals based in Khumbu and Kathmandu.
As per the official data, 100,000 tourists (35,000 foreigners) are allowed to scale the peak, annually.