There was a break in the clouds over Mount Everest for the first time since the avalanches, allowing a satellite to snap the first shots over the North and South Base Camps. The scenes were first identified by Kevin Bullock while reviewing 30 cm imagery from DigitalGlobe’s highest resolution commercial satellite – WorldView 3.

South Base Camp: Nepal (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E)


At least 18 people died in the area of the camp, which is 18,000 feet above sea level. April 27, 2015 New York Times

North Base Camp: Tibet (28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E)

The North Base Camp is accessed via a 100 km road from the Friendship Highway.

We processed the imagery into a fully interactive map to explore: