Nepal has started work on measuring the height of Mt. Everest, also known as Mt. Qomolangma, the highest peak in the world, Nepal’s Department of Survey (DoS) said.The DoS said the global scientific community has raised questions over the height of the mountain after the deadly earthquake hit Nepal in 2015 and it is measuring the height as a response.
It is also Nepal’s first effort to measure the world’s tallest mountain. Different expeditions from different countries have measured its altitude in different times producing diverse results.Nepal, which shares the peak with China, is home to half of the world’s 14 tallest mountains.The DoS, which mobilized a 16-member team on Feb. 9 for the measuring task, said that the team has started leveling work from Madar in Siraha district which borders India.
Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, director general of DoS, told Xinhua last week that the team is measuring every step from Madar, to Taksindhu, Solukhumbu where Mt. Everest lies, within a year.According to the department, the team is installing temporary benchmarks in every 200 meters and permanent benchmarks in every two km so that there would be no mistake during the measurement.