Everest Basecamp to be Relocated Due to Glacial Melt

Nepal has reportedly made plans to move its Everest base camp due to glacial melts caused by global warming and human activity.

Taranath Adhikari, director-general of Nepal’s tourism said that the site could be relocated to lower altitudes compared to the original one at 5,364m.

“We are now preparing for the relocation and we will soon begin consultation with all stakeholders. It is basically about adapting to the changes we are seeing at the base camp and it has become essential for the sustainability of the mountaineering business itself,” said Adhikari.

Meltwater is believed to be destabilizing the Khumbu glacier where the base camp is located and fissures have already started appearing.

Tourism Department Director Surya Prasad Upadhyaya however, said that the issue of relocation of Everest base camp is under discussion but no official decision has been made.

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