This week is the 67th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

It’s fitting that world famous mountain range choose to appear this time of the year, after decades of being covered by smog.

Just how is this possible?

Normally around this time of the year is the only period where mountain climbers were allowed to summit in Mount Everest.

The summiteers are the only privileged enough to not only go to the peak and see how majestic it is.

A slowdown on the economic activities in the region, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has allowed the smog that covers the mountain top to disappear, said a CBC report.

For years, the Mount Everest summit was only visible to summiteers, now folk in Kathmandu Valley can clearly see it without obstruction.

Photographer Abhushan Gautam told Carol Off, a host CBC program As It Happens, the last time this ever happened was many decades ago.

“We hear from people of older generations that it was visible during their times, maybe 30 [or] 40 years back. But there’s no document of that. So it’s a very rare sighting from [the] valley itself,” Gautam said. 

“Everest sighting is very rare. So that was something new for me and that was something new for other people also because they haven’t heard of it or they haven’t seen it before,” said Gautam.

Nepal Times reported that Kathmandu Air Quality Index showed that the huge difference between the air quality on April 2019 and April 2020.

“However, despite the sharp reduction in fossil fuel consumption, Air Quality Index (AQI) in Kathmandu did not improve as much as expected in April-May,” said the report.

“The reason was wildfires in Dhading, Nuwakot, and Chitwan in early April. But even after the rains, open garbage burning in the Valley and cross-border pollution haze kept AQI at a dangerous level,” it added.

Despite everything else, the mere sight of the Mt. Everest is still an astonishment. 

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