Would you trek eight days up a mountain for your dinner? A group of chefs are attempting to do just that and set a world record for the highest ever restaurant pop-up – 11,600 feet to be exact, at Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas.
Some of us drain bank accounts for an amazing meal, others will wait patiently for months to get a booking; but for “Tiyagyoni,” which translates to “organic nature” in Sanskrit, you’ll need your hiking boots – this restaurant pop-up requires an eight day climb up Mount Everest.
Standing at least 17,500 feet above sea level, this is set to the world’s highest pop up restaurant. Not only do diners receive a feast, but each explorer who makes it to the venue will receive a Guinness World Record Participant Certificate.
This incredible experience will set you back $5,600 (including flights, accommodations and meals) with memories to last a lifetime. With four very different chefs at the helm—Thakur; Soundararajan Palaniappan, Corporate Executive Chef at Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd.; plus two additional chefs chosen from the Chefs Association of Nepal, each is set to offer a unique style of cooking.
Many challenges await the pop-up – including the battle with Mother Nature. “The biggest challenge of course will be the altitude, which will affect everything,” says Thakur. “Flavour [perception] will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand.”
Diners will have the choice of completing the entire outward journey on foot or to travel some or all of the way by helicopter. The return journey will be made by helicopter.
Beyond pure adventure, Triyagyoni is also intended to raise awareness of sustainability issues. The entire meal, furniture included, is designed to leave nothing behind on the mountain.
Words by Sophie Ritchie