Tourists Stranded at Everest Base Camp in Tibet

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BEIJING -- At least 86 tourists were trapped by heavy snow on Monday at the north base camp of Mount Everest in central Tibet, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency.

The tourists, all but 13 of them Chinese, had finished sightseeing and were ready to descend to a lower altitude when the storm hit, Xinhua reported, citing the local government.

The report said rescuers were clearing a path to the base camp, which is at 17,000 feet. Without proper acclimation, severe altitude sickness can occur at that height. No casualties had been reported by Monday morning.

Unlike the south base camp in Nepal, which is usually reached by trekking, tourists often drive to the north base camp in Tibet and visit the nearby Rongbuk Monastery. The north base camp is often visited as part of a tour that includes other prominent sights in central Tibet, including Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and the Potala Palace in Lhasa, once the home of the Dalai Lama, who now lives in exile in India.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times. First Published October 14, 2013 2:01 PM


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