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Mount Everest Base Camp is getting free Wi-Fi

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What's that old adage again: if you don't Instagram it, it didn't happen? No, that must be a new saying.

Either way, you won't have to worry next time you hike Mount Everest (after you land on the base camp helipad, that is), because the Nepalese government is creating two free Wi-Fi zones. six people died during the mountain's hiking season.

At 17,600 feet, it's the highest free Wi-Fi has ever been available, according to the Hindustan Times, an Indian newspaper.

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While the Wi-Fi access will mean plenty of Snapchats, posts, and pics from base camp, its purpose is to ease communication during rescue missions. In 2015, an earthquake-induced avalanche killed at least 22 people, marking the deadliest Everest disaster in history and in 2016,

Although the Wi-Fi will only be available at Lukla-Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, the chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority told the Hindustan Times that they plan to expand the service in the future.

It might be a while until the service reaches 29,000 feet at the peak, so adventurers will still have to wait until they've made the hike down to use the Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi's installation date haven't been announced yet, but they likely won't be ready for the spring 2017 hiking season.

 

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Right now, Wi-Fi is available at hotels and restaurants for about $5 per hour. High altitude social media clearly has a cost—at least for now.