Sunday, 17 February 2019

China’s Everest Base Camp closed to Tourists

We have encountered some trekkers who are planning to trek to Everest Base Camp and this recent news that has become viral and hence has flooded many sites has caused them distress; if they might miss the chance to step to the Everest Base Camp. With due assurance; we request you to not be mistaken about this news. The Everest Base Camp in the Nepal’s side is still open and you will definitely have the chance to fulfill your dream of standing on the Everest Base Camp.

As stated in the BBC news published on 15th February 2019, the Chinese government made an official announcement that the tourists without climbing permits will be restricted to climb up the Everest Base Camp;limiting the number of permit issues only to 300 per year.An official from the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) clarified that those limited climbers permitted would also be subject to abide by strict rules on environment protection. Thisimpliesthat the trekkers will be allowed to trek slightly below the base camp level, up to the Rongbuk monastery only which is at the altitude of about 5000 meters above sea level. They have though not confirmed until when this blockage would be implemented.

About 8 tons of trash was lifted from the Everest Base Camp in China last year. The increasing disposition of the human feces and the remains of some dead bodies in the site has also been a major concern for the Chinese Government. Therefore, the authorities reported that this decision has been taken for the purpose of ecological conservation; thus the trash and rubbish removal campaign shall be done until the further notice of reopening of the camp is published.

4 responses to “China’s Everest Base Camp closed to Tourists”

    • Hello Aie,

      Greetings from NHT! The Annapurna Base Camp is already opened, but the lodges are damaged due to heavy snowfall, thus you can hike to base camp and return to the Machhapuchre Base camp for overnight. It takes few weeks to get repair the lodges at ABC.

      Have a great fun.

      Balaram

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