Nepal’s Department of Tourism has made the decision to move the iconic Mt. Everest base camp from its location on the Khumbu Glacier due to climate change and excessive human activity.
Officials say that the glacier is melting rapidly, and the increase in human traffic is accelerating the thinning of the glacier.
Officials plan to have the camp moved to the new location by 2024.
Full story from WION below:
It’s always a little surreal to see that even the highest place in the world isn’t immune to climate change. That might be a naïve thing to say, but I just take it as a wake-up call that climate change is affecting every inch of the planet.
I’ve never wanted to climb Mt. Everest, and I never will. Especially now that there’s literally thousands of people who flock to the mountain so they can post to Instagram about their big accomplishment.
Everest has lost its luster, but here’s to hoping the new base camp location will be more sustainable for the sake of the Sherpas and other locals who rely on the tourism dollars.