Comments on: On top of the world with a sinking heart http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/11/on-top-of-the-world-with-a-sinking-heart/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: joblo http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/11/on-top-of-the-world-with-a-sinking-heart/comment-page-1/#comment-341752 Sun, 13 Dec 2009 03:34:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15058#comment-341752 Global warming is, of course, in evidence there as elsewhere in the Himalayas.
The Nepal cabinet more likely meets at Everest once yearly to promote tourism, nothing more. Nepal is a desperate country. It is an impoverished, failed state in every respect. Eco-tourism is its biggest source of foreign income, aside from foreign remittances.
So, I suspect the cabinet meets there to exploit it as a tourist destination, plus to protect the wilderness from tourism’s excesses. Nepal is big on eco-tourism issues.
By the way, the adventure days of mountaineering are long gone, unless you climb the peak. All it takes to get to an Everest base camp is time and money, visas and permits. It’s more a bureaucratic challenge than anything else.
Neither side (Nepal or China) really puts you at the mountain base. You are far from it. Tibet is the easier way up.
DO watch out for altitude issues. And, if take a lousy picture of a clear Mt. Everest, it isn’t the mountain’s fault.

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