Nepal considers relocating Everest base camp due to risk of melting glacier

KATHMANDU: The Nepal government is considering relocating the Everest base camp as global warming and human activity make the current location dangerous, a senior official said here on Friday.
The current base camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 meters on the Khumbu Glacier, where more than 1,500 people gather each season to climb, is becoming dangerous due to the rapidly thinning glacier due to global warming, said Nepal’s tourism director Surya Prasad Upadhya. said.
During an informal meeting of the department, officials discussed the relocation of the base camp at Mount Everest – the world’s highest peak – from its current location, he said.
So far, however, no decision has been made and the new location has not been identified, he said.
The issue has just emerged during an informal discussion during a meeting of the department and has not yet been resolved, Upadhya added.
Several studies conducted from time to time warn that glaciers near Mount Everest are thinning at an alarming rate.
The glaciers in the Himalayas have made a significant contribution to the water resources of millions of people in South Asia.
In February, researchers in Nepal warned that the highest glacier on Mount Everest could disappear by the middle of this century, as the 2,000-year-old ice cap on the world’s highest mountain is thinning at an alarming rate.
The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) said here that Everest has been losing significant ice since the late 1990s, citing the latest research report.
The Everest Expedition, the only comprehensive scientific expedition to Everest, conducted groundbreaking research on glaciers and the alpine environment, ICIMOD reported. A recent article published in the journal Nature Portfolio reports that Everest’s ice is thinning at an alarming rate.
It is estimated that the ice in the South Cole Glacier, located at an altitude of 8020 meters, is thinning at a rate of almost two meters per year, the report said.
In December 2002, China and Nepal announced that the world’s highest peak was already 86 centimeters higher after they re-measured Mount Everest at 8,848.86 meters, more than six decades after India’s previous survey in 1954. d.
The revised height of Mount Everest put an end to decades of dispute between the two neighbors over the height of the world’s highest mountain, which crosses their common border.
The exact height of Mount Everest has been disputed since a group of British surveyors in India announced the height of Mount XV, as it was originally called, at 8,778 meters in 1847.
Mount Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and climbers climb it on both sides.
Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal, while in China it is called Kumolangma, the Tibetan name for the highest peak in the world.


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