Climbers start season’s Everest attempt

By CK Khanal

everestKathmandu, May 14: This spring’s first ascent on Mt. Everest is likely to take place on Tuesday as the rope fixing team is planning to complete their task by tomorrow. 

The rope fixing team of Sherpas has already made their way to the Balcony and is planning to continue their works above so as to reach the summit tomorrow afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer from the Everest Base Camp (EBC).
If the weather in the mountain remains favourable, the rope fixing team will reach the summit tomorrow and other climbers will then move from the EBC towards the summit, he said. Some climbers were also above the EBC expecting the opening of route to the summit, he added.
Himalayan Guides has got the responsibility to fix the rope this spring, he said. The expedition in Lhotse (8516 m) is also going to be open up from Tuesday, he added.
Shrestha, who is also an Everest sumitter, said that the climbers were waiting the opening up of expedition and favourable weather to make their attempt on the highest peak of the world. Surendra Thapa, director and spokesperson at the Department of Tourism (DoT), also confirmed about the possibility of opening of Everest expedition from Tuesday or Wednesday based on the weather condition. “We have planned to open up the route from May 12 or 13 but the date was postponed due to the forecast of bad weather in mountain,” he said.
A total of 378 climbers belonging to 41 expedition teams have received permit from the DoT to climb Mt. Everest this spring. Of them, 13 are Nepali nationals.
The number of climbers getting permission this year is higher than the same season last year.
In spring of 2018, a total of 346 mountaineers of 38 expedition teams were granted permission to scale the highest peak. Spring is the main season to climb Mt. Everest and other peaks of Nepal.
Altogether, a total of 842 climbers belonging to 106 expedition teams have received permission to climb different 30 peaks including Everest this spring.
Besides Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Nuptse, Saribung and Annapurna are major peaks for which the climbers have received permission to climb this spring.
This spring, a total of 92 climbers have got permission for climbing Lhotse whereas the DoT has given permission to 53 climbers for ascending Makalu, 49 climbers for Amadablam, 27 for Nuptse, 27 for Saribung and 23 climbers for Saribung.
The DoT has collected around Rs. 491.76 million in royalty this season by issuing permit climbers to climb 30 different peaks. 

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