Everest climbing season not to be affected by Nepal earthquake

30 April 2015 0:39 AM AEST: Although temporarily effected by the Nepal earthquake, it will soon be business as usual on top of the world. A senior government official has said the climbing of Mt Everest will not be affected for long as the route used for its ascent has not received major damages.

Being in the Hell Hole: People at Everest base camp try to make use of their satellite phones, radio sets and communication tools to look for their fellow mountaineers in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. Photo: straitstimes.com
Being in the Hell Hole: People at Everest base camp try to make use of their satellite phones, radio sets and communication tools to look for their fellow mountaineers in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. Photo: straitstimes.com

According to a local media report, 42 different groups are currently waiting for the right time to summit the tallest mountain peak in the world.

Everest was full of foreign climbers and their local guides when the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan nation killing 18 people at the base camp out of which 2 were Americans, one Australian and one Japanese.

“We shall commence rebuilding the route to Mt Everest from next week,” onlinekhabar.com quoted the Director General of Department of Tourism Tulashi Gautam as saying, “We shall complete the route as soon as possible and then the mountaineers can hit the road.”

A glimpse of the base camp immediately after the avalanche triggered by the earthquake.
A glimpse of the base camp immediately after the avalanche triggered by the earthquake.

It is understood that the Mt Everest Pollution Control Committee has been tasked to fix the route. It will do so by laying ropes along the way, the report said.

The second and final weeks of May are considered the most ideal months for scaling Mt Everest but there were serious doubts about this year’s season following the devastating earthquake. The earthquake gave way to a massive avalanche and took the 18 lives.

The government’s assurance comes as a relief to many Everest-aspirants who are impatiently waiting at the base camp located at 5400 metres.

The government had evacuated 210 climbers from Camp 2 and 3 for fear of further avalanches. The rescue was carried out at the rate of 2 climbers per helicopter ride.

Apparently, the climbers left their gears and equipment in the camps. They will go back up as soon as the way is cleared and the treacherous weather turns friendlier.

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