"This is part of the ongoing three-year Nepal government project to settle the mountain's height. But we have neither the scientific expertise nor the resources to carry out such tasks," director-general Krishna Raj BC said.
The height is important for the countries involved as the border between Nepal and China straddles the actual summit.
Mount Everest, since its discovery by Western explorers, has attracted numerous people to try and climb it, map it -- and measure its true height.
Until a British survey of the Indian subcontinent in 1852, it was thought the tallest mountains in the world were in the South American Andes. But in an amazing feat of audacity and mathematics, the surveyors managed to establish the height of Mountain Everest (or Peak XV as it was called at the time) at 29,002 feet, just 26 feet off the current height.
The Great Trigonometric Survey of British India involved a "theodolite," a mathematical measuring device that was the size of a small horse.
When you consider that the government of Nepal didn't allow the British survey team into the country and were forced to view and measure the mountain from over 100 miles away, their achievement becomes even more astounding.