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Sherpa plans Internet cafe at Everest base camp

It could be the most challenging Internet cafe project going. Fifty years after two men conquered Mount Everest, a native Sherpa is determined to set up a cybercafe at the 17,400-foot-high base camp of the world’s highest mountain. Besides freezing temperatures and storms, there is no electricity or plumbing at the site. There aren’t any permanent buildings, either. “The Internet cafe I am planning will be in a temporary shed built with stone walls and covered with a tent,” said entrepreneur Tsering Gyalzen, whose grandfather was one of more than 100 Sherpas who carried equipment and supplies in the 1953 expedition. Gyalzen said he is forced to build a temporary structure because the base camp sits on a glacier that moves a few inches a day. The cafe will open only during the spring and fall, when hundreds of mountaineers come to climb Everest and surrounding mountains in the Khumbu region. Full Story

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