Tourist activities and climate change threaten the current site of the base for climbing the world’s tallest peak
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Nepal is considering moving the base camp for Mount Everest some 200 to 400 meters south, Department of Tourism Director-General Taranath Adhikari told CNN on Wednesday. He explained that the nearby Khumbu glacier’s melting – as well as rampant erosion caused by tourist activity – had made the current location unstable.
“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,” Adhikari told the BBC last week, stating that “we are now preparing for the relocation and we will soon begin consultation with all stakeholders.”
The country hopes to establish the new base camp at a site where there is no ice. Once a stable location has been agreed upon, the government will discuss the move with local communities and begin the mammoth process of shifting the base camp infrastructure down-mountain. They estimate the move could come as soon as 2024.