Is it still that high? Nepal to remeasure Mount EverestStaff Writer | September 16, 2017
Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world's tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said.
Asia The official height of Mount Everest
Numerous other teams have measured the peak, although the 1954 height remains the widely accepted figure.
"Nepal has never measured Everest on its own although the world's highest peak lies in its territory. So we want to prove to our people that Nepal is capable of measuring Everest," Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, head of the government's survey department, told AFP.
A team of Nepali and foreign experts have begun refining the methodology for the new survey, which is expected to take two years, Bhatta said.
A team of Sherpas will take measuring equipment to the summit either in April, the beginning of the spring climbing season, or October, another period of good weather on Everest.
In April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, causing widespread devastation across the country and triggering an avalanche that killed 18 people at Everest's base camp.
Many have speculated that the quake altered the mountain. ■