Icefall doctors arrive at Everest Base Camp

KATHMANDU: A team of eight icefall doctors has reached the Everest Base Camp to pave the route for mountaineers to the summit of Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak. A team led by Angsarki Sherpa, an icefall doctor who has been active in route construction for a long time, has reached the base camp.

The team left Namche for the base camp on March 12 and will start the work after determining the auspicious hour with the guidance of a Lama, said Vice-chairman of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) Lama Kaji Sherpa. En route to the base camp, the team also paid homage at the Pangboche monastery.

Icefall doctors carve out the route from the base camp to camp II of Mount Everest using stairs and ropes. From the base camp, the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, as well as Lhotse and Nuptse are climbed.

Tourists start arriving

Meanwhile, with the onset of the tourist season, foreign tourists have started coming to Khumbu in the Everest region. The number of foreign tourists entering the Khumbu region has been increasing following the onset of spring.

According to the Khumbu Pasanglamu Rural Municipality, more than 100 domestic and foreign tourists visit the Khumbu area daily.

Arrival of tourists in the Khumbu region had been affected for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tenzing Jangbu Sherpa, a tourism entrepreneur from Khumbu Pasanglamu Rural Municipality-4, Chukum, said that tourists have started coming in large numbers now.

The bustle of tourists has increased at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla with up to 20 helicopters and 35 flights made to Lukla daily, said Dwarika Achhami, the head of the Civil Aviation Authority, Lukla.

Normally, tourist arrivals in Khumbu area increase from September to November and from February to May every year.

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Monday March 21, 2022, 02:05:16 PM |

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