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Wed, 29.01.2003
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Surfing on Mount Everest
Money from 5,300 metre-high web cafe to keep Everest clean

Mount Everest (pte055/29.01.2003/15:35) - An Internet cafe is due to be opened by the grandson of Sherpa Tensing on Mount Everest in March.

Thirty-two-year-old Tsering Gyaltsen Sherpa will be opening an Internet cafe at the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres to enable climbers to access the web.

Expeditions, which cost almost 40,000 pounds in average, are expected to pay some 660 pounds for using the transmitter that will be installed on a slope 300 metres higher than the camp.

The money will go towards purchasing equipment for the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, a team that annually clears Mount Everest of the rubbish that climbers leave behind.

But the new communication system will not be reserved for climbers - the remote area's inhabitants will also be able to use the transmitter.

Tsering Gyaltsen Sherpa is the grandson of one of Sherpa Tensing that joined Edmund Hillary when he first conquered the 8,850 foot high Mount Everest in 1953.

A previous Internet cafe at Namche Bazar was destroyed in June 2001 when Maoist rebels destroyed the transmitter.

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