Mount Everest webcam

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West Shoulder and Mount Everest from Kala Patthar

The Mount Everest webcam was a camera located on Kala Patthar, a mountain in the Nepalese Himalaya, at an altitude of 5,675 metres (18,619 ft). The webcam captured video footage of the summit of Mount Everest and was the highest webcam in the world.[1] It was installed by Italian scientists as part of the Everest Share 2011 research project by the Nepalese Ev-K2-CNR team,[2] which was intended to gather information regarding climate change by working together with the Everest weather station. As of 2019, the camera is no longer operating.


The camera was an M12-type model made by the German-based company Mobotix.[2] It is powered by solar cells and operates from 6am to 6pm local time (UTC +5:45).[1] It was capable of operating at temperatures as low as −30 °C (−22 °F) and broadcast its live high definition video worldwide via the Internet.[2][3] It is expected to work in conjunction with the Everest weather station – located at an altitude of 8,000 m (26,250 ft) on Mount Everest – to provide scientists with details regarding climate change.[3]


The captured video is transmitted wirelessly to the Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory/Observatory, located on the slopes of Mount Everest at an altitude of 5,050 m (16,568 ft). The live video is analyzed in the observatory, then sent to Italy for further processing.[2]

Last images were given as of 09.11.2015.


Kala Patthar was chosen as the location for the webcam because of its excellent view of the summit of Mount Everest, including both the north and south-west faces as well as the west ridge.[2]

Highest webcam[edit]

As of May 17, 2011,[4] it is the highest webcam in the world.[1] When installed, it surpassed the previous record holder, at Capanna Regina Margherita Monte Rosa, Italy, at an altitude of 4,556 m (14,948 ft).[5][5]


  1. ^ a b c Connelly, Claire (September 30, 2011). "Mount Everest webcam gives new meaning to high-def". Herald Sun. Retrieved Sep 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Quick, Darren (September 30, 2011). "Researchers install world's highest webcam to provide a view of Everest". Gizmag. Retrieved Sep 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b News Desk (September 30, 2011). "Solar-powered webcam brings Mount Everest to your laptop". TruthDive. Retrieved Sep 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Nepal Mountain News (May 24, 2011). "Webcam to zoom Everest around globe". Retrieved Aug 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Record, iXem (May 6, 2007). "Thanks to the powerful iXem Record links, a webcam overlooking the Lyskamm crests from Capanna Margherita is accessible on this page!". iXem. Retrieved May 6, 2007.

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