Stop the Presses! Everest Visible from Kathmandu – Explorers Web

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Anyone who has visited teeming Kathmandu knows that air quality is not among the city’s many charms. With 2.5 million people and seemingly almost as many cars, Kathmandu typically rests beneath a blanket of smog. But just over a week ago, a strange sight appeared in the distance: Mount Everest. Most residents had never seen it before.

Credit COVID-19. With factories shut and few driving to work, Kathmandu was not only quieter, its air was almost pre-industrial — hence the view of Everest, looming almost 200km away.

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