Nepal is getting ready to move the Mt. Everest base camp because the Khumbu Glacier, which the base camp sits at the foot of, is melting and human activities are exacerbating the situation. The current camp is at an altitude of nearly 17,600 feet. The new one will reportedly be located some 1,300 feet lower, in an area where there isn’t any year-round ice.
“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.”