Nepali surveyors to measure Mt Everest height

9th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMADU, Feb 09: A team of surveyors from Nepal is leaving for Mirchaiya of Siraha district to measure the height of Mt. Everest, marking a first in Nepal's survey history.

The team of 16 members lead by a chief survey officer will begin works based on previously used leveling points soon after reaching Mirchaiya. Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, Girector General of the Department of Survey, has already cleared all administrative procedures for the measurement process. Susheel Dangol, chief survey officer at the DoS, said that the survey team will leave for Mirchaiya after in Saturday after finalizing some logistical preparations.

Mirchaiya is Nepal's border with India in Siraha district. The survey team is planning to begin the measurement from the border point as it is a landlocked country.

Surveyors plan to measure a distance of 0.75 kilometer each day, completing the leveling survey to Solukhumbu by June. The measurement process is expected to complete within two years. Once the leveling survey up to Everest Base Camp completes, the surveyors will collect global positioning system data and gravity data using GPS receivers.

High-altitude Sherpas are being trained to deal with the GPS receivers and other equipment as ordinary surveyors cannot summit Mt Everest in extreme cold.

Nepal is measuring Mt Everest on its own for the first time following rumors that the height of the world's tallest mountain (8848 meters) has decreased following the earthquake of 2015. The government has already allocated Rs 20 million for the task. It is estimated that it will cost Rs 250 million to complete the expedition.

Mt Everest was first measured by an Indian team led by Sir George Everest in 1852. Since then, surveyors from China, Italy, Denmark and the US measured Mt Everest but Nepali surveyors were never included in these expeditions.