Chinese Head for Everest Summit

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Surveyors leave from Everest Base Camp earlier this week. Photo: Sung Fei/Xinhua

The huge Chinese team on Everest is on the move again, after bad weather forced climbers to retreat from Camp 3 back to ABC on Saturday. Today, an update from Base Camp reports that 30 climbers and surveyors — who plan to take new altitude readings from the summit — left Base Camp today, led by Li Guopeng.

Surveyors pose at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Sung Fei/Xinhua

The Everest altitude re-measurement will use a BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System as well as advanced mapping tools. Traditional trigonometric readings will also take place from six different points along the mountain and the Rongbuk glacier. Preliminary measurements have been taking place since early March.

Details on the climb itself are scarce, as news has focused on the scientific part of the expedition, as seen on the video below. It includes an interview with one of the surveyors (in Chinese, with English subtitles). The footage includes some stunning images of the road leading to the enormous Base Camp.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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I get it that a less crowded Everest makes for better surveying for China but how arrogant to think that they are the only ones that have a right to be up there when it is off limits to everyone else during COVID.


Exactly ❌

Tim OBrien

I guess the Chinese government has the right to certify an expedition to climb their own mountain. I wouldnt call that arrogant.

Linda mcbride

As long as they climb from Tibet side, if they climbed
From Nepal side, well then that would be very
Arrogant, since All others were banned.

Ande Rychter

Judging by the photo, it’s the Tibet side.


The Chinese don’t have a legitimate right to anything in Tibet. Free Tibet!