Along the route there are steps and narrow paths hewed into the valley wall, forcing hikers to clamber over rocks and occasionally trek in snow or mud, all at an altitude where limited oxygen can cause headaches and nausea, and if left untreated a potentially fatal buildup of fluid in the lungs.
China's foreign minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that China would make a necessary response in the event of a trade war with the United States but added that such a war would only harm all sides.
President Xi Jinping called for the building of a clean political environment and safeguarding the authority of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, of which he is general secretary.
He also spent time in Australia's Blue Mountains to get some experience on trails, wearing a mask that limits oxygen flow in a bid to replicate the high-altitude conditions that await him in the Himalayas.
KATHMANDU - A wheelchair-bound Australian is aiming to become the first paraplegic to reach the base camp of Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West, unaided - a breathless trek he reckons he will make mostly on his hands.
Zhang Xuan, head of the Chongqing Municipal People's Congress, suggested in her speech that the Party and government officials should receive more judicial training as part of the Central Committee's effort to advance the rule of law. Xi noted her advice and urged that it be implemented.