An enterprising small Dutch hotel chain plans to build the first hotel at the Nepal Base Camp on the south side of Mount Everest. It was announced today that the initial permits have been granted and work will begin in May before monsoon season sets in and then continue in the fall.
The southeast side of Mt. Everest is the most popular route for climbers and they usually spend several days at Base Camp acclimating to the weather. In the past, supplies have been sent up by way of sherpas or porters on the backs of yaks. No mention of how the project will supply the building needs for that altitude.
The hotel is said to be a new innovation in design but details are hush-hush so far. They have indicated that there will be a small restaurant on the premises. Yak burgers are rumored to be on the menu.
"If all goes well," said Boudewijn Gillis, marketing VP of the chain, "we will open in May of 2015."
This could put a whole new meaning to the phrase roughing it.
And if you haven't already guessed, there's another phrase popular this day each year: April Fool!!