Kathmandu, April 25th: The Nepalese authorities have issued a record number of expedition permits for the mountain. Qomolangma is defying expectations of a lower number of permits compared to previous years amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Himalayan country issued a record of 394 permits for the mountain. Qomolangma, the world’s highest peak as of Friday, which broke the previous record of 381 permits issued in 2019, reported the Ministry of Tourism, which issues such permits, Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.
“We didn’t expect so many climbers to climb the mountain. Qomolangma in the middle of the pandemic, ”Mira Acharya, director of the department’s mountaineering division, told Xinhua on Friday. “This indicates the massive charm of the mountain. Qomolangma among mountaineers and their passion for climbing the mountain despite the risk of Covid-19. “
The department had originally estimated that a maximum of 325-330 permits could be issued for the mountain this spring season. Qomolangma. “We later estimated that the number of permits to be issued could be 370,” Acharya said. “But the influx of people ready to climb the highest mountain in the world has exceeded our expectations.”
According to the department, no additional application for an expedition to the mountain is in the pipeline. Qomolangma. Before the issuing of new permits on Friday, such applications were only in preparation a few days ago. “So there is still a chance that further permits will be issued for the mountain. Qomolangma, ”said Acharya.
The tallest peak in the world with a revised height of 8,848.86 meters continues to attract a large number of adventure lovers.
Even those who had prepared for an expedition to this mountain last year but were unable to do so due to the suspension of all mountaineering activities by the Nepalese government for fear of Covid-19 are, according to Nepalese officials and companies that organized the expedition, this year also came year.
“However, the main reason for the granting of the record high permit is the love and passion of mountain lovers for the Himalayas, especially the mountain. Qomolangma, ”Mingma Sherpa, chairwoman of Seven Summit Trek, one of the leading expedition companies in Nepal, told Xinhua.
According to him, his company alone manages 110 climbers who have received climbing permits for the mountain. Qomolangma, known as Sagarmatha in Nepal. The number of climbing permits issued does not include the mountaineering guides, mainly the Nepalese Sherpas, as they do not need such permits.
According to Sherpa, over 2,000 climbers, guides and other assistants have already reached the mountain’s base camp. Qomolangma.
In 2019, 644 climbers, including 280 foreign climbers and Sherpa guides, had reached the top of the world.
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