Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Archive for July 20th, 2011

Summit Squabble: Nepal Will Finally Measure Mount Everest’s Height

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2011

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What are a few mountain meters between friends? But when those “friends” are China and Nepal, you never know how a petty disagreement will end. Nepal now plans to put all confusion aside by measuring the height of Mount Everest on its own.

Known as the world’s tallest peak, Nepalese officials have never actually measured the height of the mountain that sits squarely between the two countries. Commonly thought to be 8,848 meters high, China touts the height at a mere 8,844 meters. That’s a massive four-meter difference, for those keeping score at home.

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Of course, other unsolicited attempts to measure the mountain have even placed it as high as 8,850 meters. With the first measurement in 1856 at 8,840 meters, Everest has come a long way. And grown plenty, apparently, too.

A spokesman with the Nepalese land reform and management ministry told the AFP that China uses its own height measurement when discussing the mountain. And since Nepal has no official tally of its own, why not figure this thing out, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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