Nepal is planning to move its Everest base camp because of rapidly thinning glaciers and erosion from climbers

Tents set up at Nepal’s Everest Base camp on Khumbu Glacier, Mount Everest, on September 15, 2019.

Nepal’s base camp on Mount Everest is being moved further down the mountain, due to climate change.
The site is located on top of the thinning Khumbu Glacier, which has become hazardous for climbers.
The gateway to the world’s tallest mountain is used by around 1,500 climbers every year.

In order to ascend Mount Everest, climbers have to pass through one of two starting points. But the southern site in Nepal — the most popular starting point to summit the world’s tallest mountain — is located on top of a thinning glacier that’s becoming increasingly unsafe amid climate change.

As ice on the glacier close to the base camp slowly melts, Nepal is preparing to move the campsite down the mountain. Glaciers and ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates because of human-caused climate change: As temperatures rise, the glacier on the world’s highest mountain, like other glaciers around the world, is retreating rapidly.

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

The potential relocation follows recommendations from a committee set up by the government, which oversees mountaineering at Everest. 

A 2018 study found that the Khumbu Glacier close to the base camp was thinning at a rate of 1 meter — or 3 feet — per year. Now, according to Nepalese authorities, it’s unsafe. Where the base camp currently stands, mountain climbers contend with cracks on the ice, erosion, and growing streams …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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