Nepali team measuring Everest height finishes 60% leveling work

8th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 08: The Nepali team currently engaged in measuring the height of Mt. Everest has finished 60% of the leveling survey work. The Survey Department has informed that the technical team has finished leveling from Madar, Siraha, on the Nepal-India border, to the Solukhumbu border, covering a distance of 170 km.

Director General of the Survey Department, Ganesh Bhatta, said that this has covered 60% of the leveling work. Currently, the work has been disrupted by rainfall, as it has made it difficult for teams to climb hills. "As the rainy season has been making it difficult to climb the terrain and to conduct our studies, we have halted the measurement activities for now," said Bhatta, "we will resume the works as soon as the rainfall stops.

"As it is difficult to reach the peak of Everest itself, we plan to conduct our leveling works till the nearby mountains," said a Survey Department Official, Bibek Nepal. "We will conduct leveling survey of nearby Chuchedanda, Pataledanda, Chyamudanda, etc."

This is the first time that Nepal is measuring the height of Mt. Everest using its own resources. It has been using the data given by an Indian team as the official statistics until this point. Before that, China, America, and Italy have sent their own teams to measure the height of Everest.

The current Nepali team is using 4 new points on top of the 8 used by the Indian team to conduct the measurements. Adding Taksindu and Pataledanda of Solukhumbu, as well as Jiri 1 and Jiri 2 of Dolkha, the team will be using 8 points in Solukhumbu, 2 in Dolakha, and one point each at Bhojpur and Khotang.