Nepal and China are officially announcing the new height of Mt Everest on Tuesday after both countries recently measured the world’s tallest mountain.
“Nepal and China will announce the height jointly on Tuesday,” said Padma Aryal, Minister for land reform and management.
During the visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping last year, Nepal and China had agreed to measure the height of Mt Everest and jointly announce it.
The announcement will also end geologists’ speculation that the height of Everest could have changed due to the 2015 earthquake with a possible shift in its position.
“We are expecting an official letter from China on Monday morning regarding the joint announcement,” an official at the ministry said.
In 2005, the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping re-measured the peak and declared 8,844.43 meters as the Everest rock-height. Chinese and Nepali officials had disagreed over the height of the peak since then.
This will be the first time the two countries are announcing the new measured height of the peak, ending controversies regarding its height.
Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 8,000-metre peaks, has never measured the peak on its own before.