December 8, 2020
The new height of Mt. Everest that was re-scaled recently has been announced today. The official announcement was made virtually in the involvement of Nepali and Chinese officials. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali announced that the ‘new height’ of the Mt. Everest (SAGARMATHA) is 8848.86 meters now. Previously, it was said to be 8848m only.
The world’s tallest peak Mt. Everest is also called by Mt. Chomolungma. Minister Gyawali and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi were reading jointly the letter. The letter was written officially by the respective heads of the state; President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Chinese President Xi Jimping. In the program, there was the active participation of Padma Kumari Aryal, the Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation.
Nepal government had coordinated with China for measuring the height of Everest. On the basis of the request, China had also sent its own team to measure the height of the Everest. Previously, in 1954, a team of India had measured and had declared as 8848m height of Everest. After the devastating earthquake 2015, Nepal had decided to remeasure the peak itself. Due to the earthquake, many people were talking about the probability of changing the height of Everest that was addressed by the nation.
Furthermore, Nepal and China had agreed to announce a new height of Everest jointly during the visit of President Xi Jinping in 2019. The tourism industry of the world is getting gradual progress. Nepal government is focusing on infrastructural development for the tourism industry and boosting domestic tourism. There are some remarkable shreds of evidence like the visit of high-profile personalities from different countries, the announcement of a new height of Everest is helping to attract the attention of the world towards Nepal.