We’ve often discussed on Jet Set the extent to which social media has changed travel. Consider, for instance, the copycat Instagrammer who so obsessed over her rival (successful) travel blogger idol that she mimicked her travel photos frame for frame. And then, of course, there are just the run-of-the-mill Instagram-obsessed folks, whose posts cause serious eye rolling.
Well, with all of that as the context comes the news that Mount Everest is about to get free Wi-Fi. Indeed, the Nepalese government is setting up two free wireless zones at the hikers’ ultimate bucket-list destination, according to the Hindustan Times. And, at 17,600 feet, that makes this offering the highest free Wi-Fi has ever been available, anywhere on earth.
The nominal purpose of the Wi-Fi zones is for improved communications during rescue missions; many people have died in various tragedies including an avalanche that killed 22 in 2015. But naturally, it will improve Instagram missions as well, for those so inclined.
The Wi-Fi will be available at Lukla-Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp — for now — but the government has plans to expand it. So once you reach the summit, one day you may be able to gloat — er, post — without a bit of delay.
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