The camp is currently situated on the rapidly thinning Khumbu glacier CREDIT: PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images
Nepal is preparing to move its Everest Base Camp, which has stood in the same place for 70 years, as global warming is causing dangerous, deep crevasses to appear in the ground as climbers sleep.
The camp is currently situated on the rapidly thinning Khumbu glacier and rising temperatures are causing large sheets of ice, known as cliffs, to melt, causing the ground to crack. Large rocks are also being freed by the receding ice and rolling down the mountain side, close to mountaineers' tents.
“We surprisingly see crevasses appearing overnight at places where we sleep,” said Colonel Kishor Adhikari, of the Nepal army, in an interview with the BBC.
“In the morning, many of us have this chilling experience that we could have fallen into them in the night. Cracks on the ground develop so often, it is quite risky.”
A Nepali government committee has recommended that a new base camp be established between 200 and 400 metres lower down the Khumbu glacier, which would be ready for climbers as early as 2024. Nepal’s existing Base Camp, which stands at 5,346 metres above sea level, was set up in 1950 and is home to an estimated 1,500 climbers and Sherpas during the spring mountain season.