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March 4, 2021

Icefall Doctors depart for Khumbu Icefall

Kathmandu. As the mountaineering season is about to begin, the team has left to make way for climbing in the mountains of the Khumbu region including the highest peak, Everest.

This team, called the Icefall Doctor, climbs the awkward terrain, hangs the ropes, and builds the route. This team, called the Icefall Doctor, climbs the awkward terrain, hangs the ropes, and builds the route. Since they need to have knowledge about icefalls and work on icefalls, in the beginning, foreign climbers used to say them, icefall doctors. Later, everyone started calling them Icefall Doctors.

According to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, the team left the committee’s head office in Namche on Monday for the Khumbu Icefall Road below the second camp above the base camp for those going to climb Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. The team will stay at the same place for the next three months and repair the climbing path.

The base camp manager Tshering Tenzing Sherpa informed that some have already left and they are also about to leave. He said that he will return only after the end of the season.

The team this time has nine icefall doctors and three assistants. Among the icefall doctors are

Palden Namgel Sherpa, Ang Sarki Sherpa, Mingma Temba Sherpa, Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Dawa Nuru Sherpa, Ngima Wongchu Sherpa, and Phu Chhetar Sherpa) and two base camp support staffs (Ngang Thanten Sherpa and Mingma Dorjee Sherpa). Three more are leaving.

Photo Courtesy: Nima Wongchu Sherpa/SPCC

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