• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

Everest Base Camp will change location after 70 years due to climate change

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 17, 2022

The camp feels like a pop-up city and climbers typically spend up to two months in their tents acclimatizing before attempting to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, which rises to 8,849 meters above sea level .

Like many glaciers in the Himalayas, global warming is melting the Khumbu Glacier at an alarming rate. A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Leeds found that the section of the glacier near Everest Base Camp in Nepal was thinning by about a meter, while a stream running through the settlement s was expanding at an alarming rate.

Even if global efforts to limit global warming by 2100 are capped at 1.5°C, a third of Himalayan glaciers are predicted to melt, according to another 2019 report involving more than 350 researchers from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal, a regional organization in the Himalayas.

The Nepalese government noted that human activity in the camp was also aggravating the ice melt. In particular, climbers who urinate while staying at base camp or use fuels like kerosene and gas for cooking and heating contribute to glacier thinning.

“We are now preparing for the relocation and we will soon start consultations with all stakeholders,” said Taranath Adhikari, director general of Nepal’s tourism department. BBC.

“It’s basically about adapting to the changes we’re seeing at base camp and it’s become essential for the sustainability of the mountaineering activity itself.”

The move is expected to increase the duration of the summit from Everest Base Camp in Nepal, which is currently around a week, and could encourage climbers to climb the less popular Chinese side of the mountain.

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