Around 400 climbers, along with support workers, to trek this season, according to Tourism Department
Nepalese officials are bracing for a “traffic jam” at Mount Everest this season due to a surge in the number of climbers eyeing to conquer world tallest peak.
This time, there would be around 400 climbers who will embark on the journey to scale the 8848 – meter high Mt. Everest, according to Department of Tourism in Nepal. As climbers are accompanied by high –altitude workers, who usually outnumber climbers, there could be around 1000 individuals on their way to the Summit.
Expedition teams have started arriving at the base camp a month before the start of the season to acclimatize. “Everyone will be in a hurry to reach the peak when the weather clears, there is no management up there to fix turns for the climbers,” says Sonam Sherpa, who has scaled Mt. Everest five times working as an aid to climbers.”
“So there is the possibility of a traffic jam this year. Returning climbers, in general, have depleted stock of Oxygen with them which means life hangs in balance,” he adds.
Those with 2014 permission are likely to return to scale the peak this year as, in 2015, the Government introduced a new allowing climbers a three years’ window to scale Mt Everest with a single permit and fare. “This is the final year of the three-year period and the climbers a three years window to scale Mount Everest with a single permit and fare. “This is the final year of the three-year period and the climbers who had taken permission earlier have also arrived to ensure that they do not miss the chance,” Durgadatta Dhakal, Information officer quoted.
The year, 267 climbers have already started trekking from Namche to the Everest base camp. Around 290 climbers had arrived at the base camp after acquiring permission to climb Mt. Everest last year when hundreds were able to reach the Summit following two years of disasters on the mountain.