You haven’t had a problem with high altitude baking until you’ve tried baking at the highest habitable altitude on earth: the Mount Everest base camp. The base camp is at about 17,550 ft and is home to the world’s highest bakery. It was founded by an avid mountaineer who noted that there was little, if any, socialization between the expeditions clustered at the Everest base camp. This was partially attributed to the fact that there was no where to go and partially to unwelcoming cold outside of the tents. To give people a place to go, founder Dawa Steven Sherpa took some inspiration from a trekking buddy and decided to start a bakery.
The bakery uses a specially designed, portable gas oven to turn out bread, chocolate cake, apple pie, croissants, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, doughnuts, cookies and cheesecake and trekkers eagerly crowd into the baking tent to pick up treats and breakfast. Al the profits go to a trust fund that helps local villages prepare for the worst effects of climate change, as the melting of huge glaciers in the mountains of Nepal could wreak havoc on the population over time.