China has big plans to commercialise the Tibetan side of Mount Everest. There is plans for hotels, restaurants and training facilities.
This comes after China opened a new asphalt highway across the Tibetan plateau to Base Camp North earlier this year.
Although the Tibetan, north side, isn’t as popular as the Nepal route, China is hoping to attract more climbers to the region and bring economic growth to Tibet through tourism.
Another element to the development plans is the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The hope for the Everest development plans is to popularise winter sports in China ahead of the Games.