New Route on Everest Looks to Avoid the Dreaded Khumbu Icefall | The Adventure Blog

Opening a New Route

Recently, mountaineers Alan Batard and Yorick Vion traveled to the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to search for alternate routes up Everest. Their goal was to find a safe and easily accessible path to Camp 2 that did not pass through the icefall. The pair-along with a support team-spent several weeks in the region seeking out a suitable new trail that would accomplish that goal, eventually discovering a promising new option.

Via Ferrata on Everest

The goal is to eventually install metal railings along the new route, turning it into a Via Ferrata of sorts. These so-called “iron paths” provide anchor points for climbers and trekkers, allowing them to safely traverse rocky trails that would otherwise be unsafe. This would seem to indicate that Batard’s new approach will be steep and possibly treacherous, although the exact details have yet to be revealed.

On Dangerous Ground

Whether or not this new route on Everest is one that will impact the future of the mountain remains to be seen. But, it is clear that the Khumbu continues to grow more perilous. The icefall has always been dangerous, but due to warming temperatures and melting ice, its shifting seracs are becoming increasingly less stable, making it more dangerous for climbers to pass through.

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