Amid concerns about the second COVID-19, hundreds of climbers from many countries are preparing to climb Mt. Everest and other mountains this spring.
With the lifting of the embargo and the vaccine program underway – although it has yet to reach the public – Nepal has decided to reopen Mt. Everest and other mountains for this year’s climbing season. Icefall doctors are currently working to open the Everest route.
This year will mark the first increase after re-measurement and announcement of Mt. New Everest confirmed height: 8,848.86 meters. It will also see the first climbs performed during a coronavirus pandemic.
Like other fields, mountaineering will be severely affected by 2020, with no record of climbing on Mt. Everest last year. For comparison, 2019 was a busy year, with 300 climbers and 15 deaths.
As of April 13, the number of people was allowed to climb Mt. According to Mira Acharya, director of the Nepal Tourism Board, Everest this spring scored 321, a government agency tasked with regulating and licensing climbers. The number is likely to increase as the department is still examining the applications of aspirators.
There are also a number of highly configurable climbers for this season. For example, the Prince of Bahrain Sheikh Mohamed Hamad Mohamed al-Khalifa received a permit to climb Mt. Everest Moutain. According to the Tourism Department, the prince was the first to be licensed this year.
To attract tourists, the government of Nepal has taken many measures, including loosening the visa application process. Even amid the fear of COVID-19, there are still some climbers in winter, which sends a positive message to the international arena.
But there are concerns about a second episode of COVID-19 transmission as the number of cases has skyrocketed in India in recent weeks. The skyrocketing case count in India is a problem of concern for Nepal due to its shared open border. Likewise, the number of people infected is also on the rise in Nepal, although with the daily number of infections between 400-500 people, the number is still around one-tenth of the country’s peak during the season. fall last year. However, the uptrend can affect the climbing season.
Authorities say they are working to ensure the safety of climbers. Unlike previous years, there are various safety and health rules that climbers must follow.
The government is also preparing to deploy more medical teams in the base camp and some of it between the base camp and Namche Bazar, the town that serves as the starting point for the Everest expeditions. “This is the first time we’ve deployed a doctor in the field,” Acharya said.
Climbers must provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to landing in Nepal and must stay in quarantine 14 days after arrival. Climbers must also self-declare that their physical condition is suitable for climbing.
This season climbers will incur some additional costs as COVID-19 coverage is required. Each climber, and all members of their group, must purchase insurance for $ 5,000 before arriving in Nepal.
Likewise, after videos and pictures of the crowded final have caught the attention of the media in 2019, there are some new regulations governing photos and videos taken while climbing. Expedition teams may take pictures and videos for their own use but are not allowed to use the images for other purposes unless prior approval of the Department is obtained.
The reopening of the climbing season is expected to boost Nepal’s tourism, which has been hit hard by COVID-19.