Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Inch perfect: the team trying to fix Everest’s exact height
Chinese surveyors and climbers hope to scale the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday in the latest attempt to measure the precise height of the world’s tallest mountain. The last such survey in 2005 fixed its height at 8,844.43 meters (29,017.2 feet), but advances in technology over the past 15 years should allow for a more precise calculation this time around. By Sunday, the 12-strong expedition team had reached a camp a little more than a mile from the summit, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. Severe weather has scuppered two previous attempts to reach the top this month, the second of them on Friday last week. The mountain lies in the Himalayas on the border between China
China requires Everest climbers to carry their waste out with them
The Mount Everest base camp in Tibet will be closed to all tourists until further notice – in order to fight sky-high litterbugs. The base camps of the world’s highest mountain – one on the Nepalese side, one on the Chinese – are popular tourist destinations in their own right. But now tourists have been indefinitely blocked from visiting the Tibetan camp (the Nepalese camp remains open).  Only people with climbing permits will be allowed to ascend to the Tibetan base camp, at an altitude of 17,000 feet. And these climbers will be required to meet stricter rules to protect the environment, an official from the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) told the South China Morning Post. Ci Lu