The Nepalese government has announced plans to build a modern highway into the Everest mountain region. It hopes to bring even more tourists to a country that is desperately in need of money for its poor population. Critics, however, are sceptical, because such a road could bring more damage to the environment. Today, thousands of mountain climbers from all over the world come to Nepal to conquer the highest mountains of the world..
Plans call for the new road to be built to Lukla, a place from which most of the Everest expeditions start . At the moment there are no roads that connect Lukla to the rest of Nepal. The local airport is the only way in and out of the region. Bad weather often leads to the cancellation of flights to Lukla. A new road would, therefore, make it possible for adventurers to reach starting point of expeditions in worse weather conditions.
The government hopes that the new highway will have a positive effect on the local population. Land prices along the highway may go up, new businesses will emerge along the new road and local people may find new jobs. This could also lead to fewer people leaving the region to work somewhere else.
Environmentalists warn that a new Nepal highway could also have negative effects on the environment. There are already over 30,000 mountaineers who come to the Everest region every year. The new road could lead to more adventurers who leave their waste in the area. This year Nepal’s government has passed a new law that makes visitors take their waste with them.
But for people who live in remote villages the planned Nepal highway could mean a better life and a rise in the standard of living.