The Chinese are widening and improving the road to Everest Base Camp for
Spring 2008. Yes it will include asphalt paving on at least part of the road.
While Environmentalists have expressed concern, commercial Everest operators
and Everest climbers have not that we have heard of....
The plans will allow many "tourists" to visit Everest base
camp and the possibly see the torch-bearers of the Olympic Games. The road
frankly will make things safer, hotels are very unlikely...
It does appear the government still has to approve final
plans, which appear to be moving ahead...
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