Nepal may move Everest Base Camp

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(CNN) – Nepal is considering relocating Everest Base Camp due to environmental concerns.

According to Taranath Adhikari, director general of Nepal’s tourism department, the location of the base camp poses some dangers from the melting of the nearby Khumbu Glacier.

The official told CNN Travel: “We have received recommendations from a number of stakeholders to relocate the base camp. No decision has been made yet. We are taking these suggestions very seriously,” the official told CNN Travel.

These stakeholders include local residents, mountaineers and environmental experts.

However, any major changes Mount EverestThe world’s highest peak, will not be built in a hurry.

Research activities can only be conducted during the spring, so decisions can take up to 2-3 years. Some studies took place during this year’s spring climbing season, which usually peaks in May.

Once the parties involved have completed their research, they will need to submit a proposal to the Government of Nepal. The Cabinet of Nepal will take the final decision on the decision.

The official cited “anthropological activities” – otherwise known as human behavior – and climate change as problems affecting base camps. The Khumbu Glacier is melting faster than natural speeds.

A joint survey conducted by China and Nepal has resulted in a new, higher altitude for Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

This is not the first time that the parties concerned have warned of environmental damage on Mount Everest.

A study in the Nature Portfolio Journal of Climate and Atmospheric Science, published earlier this year, found that ice had formed on the South Cole Glacier over a period of 2,000 years. Dissolved in about 25 years.

Paul Mayewski, campaign leader and director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, told CNN that the findings show that “a complete change from what has been experienced in the area, possibly by humans during all periods of business. Mountains.”

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Climate change is affecting many precious places in the world.

“Nepal alone cannot reduce the impact of carbon emissions and global warming.” The official said. “However, we can reduce some things by taking such temporary measures.”

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

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

Tourism belongs to the country The fourth largest industry11.5% of Nepalis employ someone in some form, whether it means working in a hotel or guesthouse or guiding foreign tourists to the world’s highest mountains.

The cost of a permit to climb Everest is $ 11,000 per person. A portion of that money has been allocated to communities near the mountain.

Allowing many climbers to climb within the short time allowed by the weather. “Traffic jam“Which often has fatal consequences.

The base camp of Mount Everest is 5,400 meters (17,700 feet) above sea level.

The proposed location for the new base camp may be 200 – 300 meters (656 – 984 feet) below the current height.

Top image: Camping tent at Everest Base Camp. Credit: Tashi Lakpa Sherpa / AFP / Getty Images

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