- CB Adhikar
Kathmandu: Despite the unfavorable conditions of the Covid-19 epidemic, climbers have taken permission to climb the highest peaks, including Mount Everest.
Due to the impact of mountaineering and trekking in the spring season of the previous year due to the epidemic, this season’s mountaineering has aroused enthusiasm in the tourism sector. At this time, climbers from different countries are taking permission to climb various mountains of Nepal, including Everest.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism has so far issued expedition permits to 37 groups of climbers, including Mount Everest, for the spring season.
According to the department, 303 climbers from 37 groups, including 18 from Mt. Everest, have been allowed to climb. Only 18 groups of climbers have taken permission to climb Mt. Everest.
Group of 18 climbers for Everest
So far, 37 groups, including 18 climbers, have been allowed to climb Mt. Everest, said Bhishma Bhattarai, an official of the department’s mountaineering branch. Of the mountains allowed to climb by the department, most are for climbing Mt. Everest.
The department has so far given permission to climb Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Makalu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Pumari, Nupse and Tukuche. The department hopes that the issuance of climbing permits in the midst of the Kovid epidemic risk and the special guest climbing will help spread the message that Nepal’s adventure tourism is safe around the world.
A team including Bahrain’s Prince Sheikh Mohammed Hamad Mohammed Al Khalifa has taken permission for the first ascent. Preparations are underway for the ascent through the Seven Summit Trek in Nepal. The Bahrain Royal Guard (Defense Force) has 13 Bahraini and three British climbing teams.
So far, 167 climbers from a group of 18 climbers have taken permission to climb Mt. Everest in the spring. An ascent permit for Mount Everest was issued only on Tuesday. According to the Department’s Mountaineering Branch, Solukhumbu currently has the highest number of 18 climbing groups (8,848.86 m), followed by Lhotse (8,516 m), Nupse (7,864 m) and Pumari (8,516 m). There is a group of climbers at 7,161 meters.
Similarly, a group of climbers have been allowed to climb Pumari (7, 161 meters). Four groups are allowed to climb Annapurna Himal (8,091 m) in Gandaki and three groups in Dhaulagiri Himal (8,167 m), while one climber is allowed in Manaslu Himal (8,163 m) in Gorkha. A group has taken permission to climb Makalu Himal (8,8463 meters) in Sankhuwasabha.
About 230 million royalty collected
In the spring season, which is considered suitable for mountaineering, most climbers come to Nepal to climb various mountains, including Mount Everest. Mountaineering generates good royalties for the state. The number of climbers has been encouraging even in the midst of uncomfortable conditions during this season.
The Department of Tourism has so far collected about Rs 230 million in royalties for mountaineering this season. As per the details of the department till Monday, Rs. 2277000 royalty has been deposited. Spring is considered to be the best season for mountaineering.
In this favorable weather, local and foreign climbers mostly climb various famous mountains including Mount Everest. Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu and other high mountain ranges are the choice of climbers.
Although bookings for the March, April and May climbs begin in March, the department has until the second week of April to issue a permit. The department had issued permission for the spring ascent from April 15. The first permit to climb Mt. Everest was issued on March 27.
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