The Associated press is reporting that Tibet has halted plans to build a highway to Mt. Everest.
Tibet has put on hold plans to build a highway on the side of Mount Everest to ease the Olympic torch's journey to its peak, a government official said Friday.
The project, budgeted at 150 million yuan (US$19.7 million; euro14.7 million), was to have turned a 108-kilometer (67-mile) rough path into a blacktop highway that snaked from the foot of the mountain to a base camp at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet)...
In April, organizers for the Beijing Summer Olympics announced ambitious plans for the longest torch relay in Olympic history -- an 85,000-mile, 130-day route that would cross five continents and reach the 29,035-foot summit of Everest, the world's highest peak.