It’s fine dining at its peak.
An ex-Noma chef is opening a pop-up restaurant at Mount Everest base camp, elevating his ambitious plan to open 20 pop-ups in 20 countries over 20 months.
James Sharman and his One Star House Party group of globetrotting gourmands are now taking just 15 reservations for a 14-day dining adventure that kicks off in Kathmandu, Nepal on Dec. 10, before trekking up to Everest base camp and returning on Dec. 23.
The $1,050 tab includes food and drink from Sharman and professionals from Soho House and the Ledbury. It also includes the hotel in Kathmandu, boarding in guesthouses during the hike to and from base camp, and the porters, guides and gear that this requires. And the cost covers constructing the actual pop-up on site, and ultimately enjoying the exclusive meal that Sharman will whip up at 17,500 feet above sea level.
The only things left off the menu are the flights to and from Nepal, which travelers book themselves. They must also bring their own water-purifying tablets or sterilizers, and cough up $6 to $7 a day for lunches and dinners beyond the main pop-up spread.
Daring diners must reserve their spots by Nov. 29 with a non-refundable $525 deposit.
Those who aren’t in great shape, or who haven’t done the altitude training, might want to skip this one out. Although trekking to Everest base camp is not as dangerous as attempting to summit the mountain’s roughly 30,000 feet, which killed five people in just a week earlier this year, hikers are still at risk of developing high altitude sickness, facing extreme weather and frost bite — and, believe it or not, yaks! Several veteran climbers and travel sites warn about the wooly mammals bumping people off trails and cliffs.
The pop-up restaurant is just the latest example of the world’s highest peak becoming overrun with tourists. Some experts blamed the deaths of climbers and Sherpas on Everest earlier this spring on overcrowding that created bottlenecks on the mountainside that kept people stuck at the highest, most dangerous parts of Everest while waiting for a clear path down.