April 30 marks the 60th Anniversary of the First North Face descend of Mount Everest. On the same day this year, China Mobile and Huawei have set a record by installing 5G on the Base Camp in Everest, at the altitude of 6500 meters. For travelers, this means a lot.
Now with the extended network, it will be easier to carry on search & rescue, as well as the much hyped “2020 Mount Everest Remeasurement”. The world scales Everest at 8848 meters as per the previous measurement.
More than 150 engineers and technicians were employed to complete the project “5G on Mount Everest”. The tower, installed at 6500 meters in the Base Camp, is powerful enough to reach the summit of Everest. Conquerors of the mountains will now be able to connect to the Network and broadcast in high connectivity.
The equipment was specially made to be able to withstand the extreme weather conditions in the Base Camp region. To carry the equipment, yaks were used, as that was the only way to do it.
Apart from internet connectivity, the 5G outreach will enable researchers and scientists to study the region in more detail, and now with more information. 5G Network is touted to be 10 times faster than 4G, as it’s a different technology.
Everest has always been in the center of human attention, since it’s the highest point on Earth. Even before Edmund Hillary was able to write his name for the first person to summit Everest, he wasn’t the first one to attempt.
After Hillary and Tenzing paved the first steps into the top of Everest, more than 4000 people have successfully summited till now. With all those summits, several records are made and broken every year.
This is interesting as getting anything done on Everest is 10x harder than on the lower lands that we inhabit. Even trekking to the Base Camp on Everest is a difficult achievement in itself.
This move is also touted as controversial since many conspiracy theories arise on how 5G creates coronavirus. In this regard, the news is a blow to the conspiracy and to show the world that we can’t back down in technological advancement.
Imagine how many lives could now be saved now that we have a better technology to track and monitor movements in the region. Apart from the humanitarian significance, it has also opened up a doorway to study higher mountains, glaciers and lakes that were difficult to reach in the past.
And for a nomad, being able to call home, or live stream 8K of the top views, will definitely be a point of interest.
Here’s the official press release of Huawei after the successful installation and testing of the system:
Huawei strongly believes that technology means to make the world better. The beauty of Mount Everest can be displayed via 5G high-definition video and VR experience, which also provides further insights for mountaineers, scientists and other specialists into nature. The ground-breaking establishment on Mount Everest once again proves that 5G technology connects mankind and the Earth harmoniously.
Even though we have now literally reached the next generation of networking with the 5G installation, Yaks were still used to carry the heavy equipment up the mountains. As it seems, infrastructure and technology don’t always go hand in hand. The Yaks are one of the most useful animals in the mountains.
First, they provide protein rich food to the locals in the form of dairy, and even meat. Their fur and leather are also used to make coats, hats and boots. On top of that, Yaks can carry a huge load, often carrying essential supplies to people living in the high altitude region.
So, it is no surprising news to learn that Yaks were a part of the team that helped install the new technology in Everest’s Base Camp.
Even though the 5G expansion is mostly on the northern side of Everest (China), the trip to the Base Camp of Mount Everest is popular from the Southern side, as both safe and feasible. Every year, hundreds of trekkers land in the airstrip of Lukla Airport, and start their sure footed journey to the Everest Base Camp.
The trip gets exciting as we move further up the Khumbu Valley, passing the settlements of Pheriche, Namche, Syangboche, Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. Gorakhshep is the last settlement in the region. It, in turn, opens up two routes, one towards Kalapatthar (5545 meters), and another towards the Base Camp on Everest.
Connectivity has always been an issue among the climbers, as they are forced to use highly technical satellite radios in case of emergency, which are expensive and unavailable to many. In this scenario, we can hope that the 5G technology will make Everest accessible by more and more people in the future.
Hiking Adventure Trek has been organizing various trekking and climbing missions to the Everest Region. With our years of expertise, you can enjoy the thrills and beauty of this amazing region under the guidance of guides and Sherpas that we work with.