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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Net Cafe Planned for Mount Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal -- The grandson of a Nepali sherpa in the first expedition to scale Mount Everest 50 years ago plans to set up the world's highest Internet cafe at the mountain's base camp.

Tsering Gyaltsen, whose grandfather, Gyaltsen Sherpa, was in the 1953 team that helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the 8,850-meter summit, hopes to open the cafe next month to cash in on a flood of visitors for the anniversary.

Thousands of trekkers and mountaineers pass through the base camp at 5,300 meters every year and many expeditions carry satellite phones into the Himalayas to run web sites about their efforts and contact friends and family at home.

Otherwise, the nearest phones are a four-day trek away.

Gyaltsen, waiting for government permission to go ahead, will use radio and satellite links and solar and generator power.

Money from the cafe will go to a project to clear Everest of the hundreds of tons of garbage left behind every year.