China to Build Resort and Helipad near EBC in Tibet

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lans to build a new resort complex near the base camp in Tibet by 2019 has been released by the Chinese Authorities. Under the “International Mountaineering Centre” project, the tourist complex would be set up inside the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The new infrastructure being built in Gangkar, Tibet is expected tobring a boom in adventure tourism for the Chinese travel market and boost an economy of the region, creating a job market for the Chinese population.

According to a news report from China Today, the government has plans to set up a visitor’s centre complex at the base of Mount Everest and has set aside USD $14.7 million for the development of a museum about mountaineering, a hotel and a center for climber’s requirements like supplies, equipment, and medical care. The project also includes construction of a helipad which is intended make rescue of people in case of natural disasters easy. Construction is set to begin in early 2017.

The decision has also been considered as being a harmful side to the delicate ecosystem of Tibet and its local population. The resort is to be located at a height of 5,380m which needs proper acclimatization. This could be of potential risk to the health of Tourists if strict procedures for climbing are not followed.

Climbers have avoided ascent from the northern side primarily due to lack of resources and political conflicts concerning autonomous Tibetan rule and the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader who has been spending his life in exile.The northern slope is less frequented by travelers, who opt to access Everest through its southern slope from Nepal.

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