'Highest party on earth' hosted by British DJ Paul Oakenfold at Everest base camp

Rachel Middleton
DJ Paul Oakenfold Mount Everest

British DJ Paul Oakenfold, who braved thinning air and freezing temperatures to host the "highest party of earth" at the Everest base camp on Tuesday (11 April), described the experience as "truly amazing".

Playing to around 100 trekkers all in full mountain gear, the 53-year-old performed on a makeshift stone stage set against the world's highest mountain.

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Oakenfold told AFP after the performance: "It was truly amazing. I feel very lucky to have played here. We did a wonderful event and had people from all over the world. I feel very blessed."

The DJ, who had to train for four months, had to trek for 10 days to reach the base camp to entertain climbers and trekkers. He acknowledged that it was a dramatic departure from his usual spots - usually top clubs and the beaches of Ibiza and Goa.

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"I'm not going to pretend it was easy to get here ... but it has been a wonderful trek. If you could see the view I'm looking at, it is very inspiring," he told AFP on Monday.

The base camp usually houses climbers, who spend weeks acclimatising to the altitude before trying to reach the summit, best visited during a short spring window when the weather is at its best.

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The music gig is the first in the record producer's SoundTrek series, which hopes to create awareness over the effects of global warming and to raise money for charities.

"I want to support in the rebuilding and to shed light on the environment ... I would like to do my bit," the DJ told AFP.

Oakenfold, who has worked with Madonna and U2, is also raising funds to help victims of Nepal's 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left thousands homeless.

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