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Khumbu Glacier

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Lewis Pugh finishing his 1 km swim on Lake Pumori on the Khumbu Glacier on Mt Everest in May 2010 at 5,200m altitude

The Khumbu Glacier is located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. With elevations of 4,900 m (16,100 feet) at its terminus to 7,600 m (24,900 feet) at its source, it is the world's highest glacier. The Khumbu Glacier is followed for the final part of the trail to one of the Everest Base Camps. The start of the glacier is in the Western Cwm near Everest. The glacier has a large icefall, the Khumbu Icefall, at the west end of the lower Western Cwm. This icefall is the first major obstacle—and among the more dangerous—on the standard south col route to the Everest summit.

Mt Everest - Swim for Peace

In May 2010, Lewis Pugh completed a high-altitude swim in Lake Pumori, a glacial lake, on the Khumbu Glacier on Mt Everest, to highlight the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace. The 1 km (0.62 mile) swim, at an altitude of 5,200 metres, in 2°C water, took 22 minutes 51 seconds to complete and was done as part of the Clinton Global Initiative.

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