China re-measures Everest height and cleans it
A Chinese government-backed scientific team plans to climb to the top of Mount Everest this week as the world’s highest peak is closed to ordinary climbers.
Bad weather has forced the team tasked with measuring the current height of the mountain to return to the camp from which it left, but is now preparing to climb again, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Wang Yongfeng, deputy director of the “Administrative Center for Mountaineering” at the General Sports Administration, was quoted by Xinhua as saying that as long as the weather is good, the team is expected to reach the summit on Friday morning.
Mount Everest stretches along the Border between China and Nepal, and both countries cancelled spring climbing trips to prevent the spread of the Corona-virus among exploration teams, who usually live for weeks in overcrowded high-altitude camps with limited access to emergency medical assistance.
China’s Baidu satellite navigation system, a competitor to the U.S. global positioning system (G) Me. S,” to study the current height of the mountain and natural resources.
Data on snow depth, weather and wind speed are also measured to monitor glacier degradation and other environmental impacts of climate change.
Throughout history, China has conducted six major surveys of the mountain known locally as “Chomolungma”, registering a height of 8,848.13 meters in 1975 and 8,844.43 meters in 2005.
China has now also benefited from the lack of climbers to collect garbage from Everest Peak and other famous climbing peaks.
Last year, too many climbers formed long lines at the summit, some of whom died of lack of oxygen.
A total of 876 people reached the summit in 2019, according to the Himalayan database.
This year’s absence of climbers has caused great difficulties among Nepal’s Sherpa guides, who have virtually no source of income except from foreign tourists visiting national parks and high-altitude trekking routes.