This $5,600 Pop-Up Restaurant Will Serve 7 Courses On Everest

The chef is seeking a Guinness World Record for the highest pop-up restaurant.

By Ethan L. Johns
May 03, 2018

Image: Christopher Kimmel/Getty Images

Here’s one dinner for which, if you’d like to attend, it’s not enough to merely be an adventurous eater; you actually have to be an adventurer (oh, and a pretty wealthy one, at that).

Working for your dinner is the name of the game for an upcoming pop-up restaurant that is set to open at Everest Base Camp, located in Nepal at nearly 17,600 feet. The pop-up, which has been named “Triyagyoni,” is the creation of the Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, and will be an attempt at a Guinness World Record for the highest pop-up restaurant.

The pop-up restaurant project will unfold over the course of two weeks toward the end of May, as Bhatia, three fellow chefs and ten guests trek for six hours per day through the Himalayas. Along the way, the group will forage for local plants and produce under the direction of Dr. Anil Thakur, a pro in Indian flora.

The guests will pay $5,600 each for the pleasure, which will include the final seven-course dinner, as well as full-time medical support, accommodations, flights and meals along the way. If the guests want the glory without the elbow grease, they can elect to be helicoptered to Everest Base Camp. All the funds raised will be donated to the Swiss-based Heart for India Foundation, which focuses on children’s education and nutrition.

“The biggest challenge of course will be the altitude, which will affect everything,” said participating chef Sanjay Thakur, according to the Fine Dining Lovers blog. “Flavour [perception] will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand.”

It’s 2018, so naturally this is not the first pop-up restaurant at Everest Base Camp; that honor went to ex-Noma chef James Sherman in 2016.

So if you enjoy a good hike and a good meal, and want to have the Everest adventure of a lifetime without going the full 29,029 feet to the summit, this might be the very, very expensive vacation for you. Interested parties can contact the organizers via email.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns