(CNN) – Nepal is considering relocating Everest Base Camp due to environmental concerns.
According to Taranath Adhikari, director general of Nepal’s tourism department, the base camp site is facing some risk due to the melting of the nearby Khumbu glacier.
“We have received recommendations from several stakeholders to shift the base camp. Although no decision has been taken yet, we are taking these suggestions very seriously,” the official told CNN Travel.
These stakeholders include local residents, climbers and environmental experts.
Since research activities can be conducted only during the spring season, decision making may take 2-3 years. Some of the studies took place during this year’s spring climbing season, which usually peaks in May.
Once the parties involved have completed their research, they will be required to submit a proposal to the Nepalese government. The final decision on the decision will be taken by the Nepal cabinet.
The official cited “anthropogenic activities” – otherwise known as human behavior – and climate change as issues affecting the base camp. The Khumbu Glacier is melting at a faster rate than the natural rate.
A joint survey by China and Nepal has resulted in a new, higher elevation for the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest.
This is not the first time the parties concerned have sounded the alarm about environmental damage on Mount Everest.
Paul Mayewski, campaign leader and director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, told CNN that the findings suggest “a complete change from what has been experienced in that region, possibly over the entire period of occupation by humans. “
Climate change is affecting many of the world’s most precious places.
“Nepal alone cannot reduce carbon emissions and global warming effects.” said the officer. “However, we can reduce some cases by taking such temporary measures.”
He added: “On the one hand, we want to preserve the mountain and the glacier. On the other, we don’t want to affect the mountain economy.”
Balancing the desire to climb Everest with the needs of local communities has been an ongoing challenge in Nepal.
The cost of a permit to climb Everest is $11,000 per person. A portion of that money is earmarked for the communities near the mountain.
Mount Everest’s base camp is 5,400 meters (17,700 ft) above sea level.
The proposed location for a new base camp may be 200 – 300 meters (656 – 984 ft) below the current elevation.
Top image: Camping tents at Everest Base Camp. credit: Tashi Lakpa Sherpa/AFP/Getty Images