A SLICE OF EVEREST

For luxury travellers, the sky is the limit, quite literally, as a gourmet open-air meal at the base camp of the world’s highest peak is now a few minutes away

Technically, aspiring to scale the Himalayas would mean intense training for both the mind and the body, with days spent acclimatising and prepping oneself, before the real trek even begins. Even then, there’s no guarantee that you’d be able to pull it off. And after weeks, if you do manage to reach the summit, what would a meal on top entail? Most trekkers will say energy drinks, rice, lentils and a selection of easy-to-cook fare.

What if we told you that now, you can not only arrive at the base camp of Mount Everest in a matter of minutes, but also indulge in a luxurious gourmet breakfast with a glass of the finest champagne to boot? Luxury Asia tour operator Remote Lands now offers a Himalayas by Helicopter package, that lets you enjoy the world’s highest-altitude full breakfast at 14,000 ft!

A number of other luxury travel agencies are also offering those seeking a new holiday high a unique chance to enjoy a meal on the world’s highest peak, in the most surreal and extravagant of settings. You are ushered aboard a private helicopter in Kathmandu, Nepal, and flown to the base camp of Mount Everest at 17,600 ft, before descending to about 12,000-14,000 ft for the open-air meal. The experience lasts up to 15 minutes, and some packages also include a bespoke trip through Nepal.

 

 

Nandini D Tripathy

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