Two renowned chefs from India Soundararajan P and Sanjay Thakur have set base in Island Peak (Imja Tse), Nepal, to set up a pop-up restaurant at an altitude of 5,585 metres! On June 2, 2018, the chefs successfully clinched a Guinness World Record for the world’s highest pop-up restaurant.
Imja Tse is a Himalayan mountain in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. Its popular name, Island Peak, comes from the fact that it looks like an island amidst icy mountains surrounding it. Island Peak remains a popular choice among trekkers.
The two chefs were accompanied by a team of seven other people. They collected Himalayan herbs, spices and meat on their way to Island Peak. According to a report published in The Hindu, this included mint, oregano, green chillies, green onions, yak cheese and Rhododendron flowers. Once at the desired location, the team took eight hours to set up the temporary restaurant.
Soundararajan says, “Sanjay Thakur had already done an 80-kilometre trek up the Himalayas, and when we met at one of the Club Mahindra Resorts at Naldehra in Shimla, we took Thakur’s idea of cooking on the highest altitude of earth a step further, and Project Triyagyoni came into being.”