Nepal may relocate Everest base camp

(CNN) — Nepal is considering moving Everest Base Camp due to environmental concerns.

The location of the base camp is at risk due to the melting of the nearby Khumbu Glacier, said Taranath Adhikari, director general of the Department of Tourism of Nepal.

“We have received recommendations from numerous stakeholders to relocate the base camp. While no decisions have been made yet, we are taking these proposals very seriously,” Adhikari told CNN Travel.

These stakeholders include local residents, climbers and environmental experts.

However, any major changes to Everest, the world’s highest peak, will not be rushed.

Since research can only be carried out in the spring, it can take 2-3 years to make a decision. Some research was done during this year’s spring climbing season, which usually peaks in May.

Once the stakeholders have completed their study, they may need to submit a proposal to the Government of Nepal. The Cabinet of Ministers of Nepal will have the final say on the decision.

Adhikari cited “anthropogenic activity” – otherwise known as human behavior – and climate change as issues affecting the base camp. The Khumbu Glacier is melting at a rate faster than its natural rate.

A joint study by China and Nepal has resulted in a new, higher elevation for the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

This is not the first time that stakeholders have sounded the alarm about 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.

Paul Majewski, expedition leader and director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, told CNN the results showed “a complete change from what has been happening in this area, probably throughout the period of human occupation in this area.” the mountains.”

Climate change is affecting many of the most valuable places in the world.

“Nepal alone cannot cut carbon emissions and the impact of global warming.” Adhikari said. “However, we can mitigate some of the problems by taking such temporary measures.”

He added: “On the one hand, we want to preserve the mountains and the glacier. On the other hand, we do not want to influence the economy of the mountains.”

Balancing the desire to climb Everest with the needs of the local communities has been a constant challenge in Nepal.

Tourism is the fourth largest industry in the country, employing 11.5% of Nepalese in some form, whether it be working in a hotel or guest house or escorting foreign tourists to the world’s highest mountains.

A permit to climb Everest can cost $25,000 per person. Part of this money is intended for the communities near the mountain.

Allowing too many climbers to ascend within the short amount of time allowed by the weather can lead to “traffic jams” which are often fatal.

Everest Base Camp is 5,400 meters (17,700 feet) above sea level…


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