12/03/2024: Approximately 400 international climbers are gearing up to tackle the world’s tallest peak Everest from the Nepal side during the upcoming spring season, as per statements from expedition organizers. Rishi Bhandari, the General Secretary of Expedition Operators Association Nepal, disclosed that the number of foreign climbers expected on Mt Everest this season stands at a minimum of 400.

Leading the pack, Seven Summit Treks is set to bring 65 members, marking the largest contingent of foreigners, followed by 8K Expeditions with 45 climbers. Furtenbach Adventures has secured bookings for 40 clients for the Everest south side, while Imagine Nepal Treks will oversee three teams comprising 35 foreign members on Everest.

Lakpa Sherpa, Managing Director at 8K Expeditions, expressed readiness to commence expeditions employing IFMGA guides such as Tsering Pemba Sherpa and Pema Chhiring Sherpa, alongside other skilled Sherpa guides. Lakpa, who will lead the Everest/Lhotse expedition for the 12th time this season, mentioned Sanu Sherpa, the record holder for Double 14 peaks Summiteer, will also lead their Everest expeditions.

SST and 14 Peaks Expeditions are diligently preparing to offer top-notch services to over 65 foreign clients on Mt Everest, stated Chhang Dawa Sherpa, the Expedition Director at SST. Additionally, SST will undertake the responsibility of fixing a climbing route from Camp II to the summit point this season, along with leading rope fixing on Mt Makalu and Annapurna.

Following the recent revision of base camp management regulations by Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, expedition operators have begun transporting climbing logistics to the base camp, as shared by Lakpa. Kami Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for summiting Mt Everest 28 times, will attempt the Everest ascent from Seven Summit Treks this spring.

Iswari Paudel, Managing Director at Himalayan Guides, revealed that 31 foreign members from his company will embark on the Everest climb. Elite Expedition has booked 20 foreign clients for Everest, according to co-owner Mingma David Sherpa. Mingma Gelu Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summit Adventure, mentioned his company will host 15 foreign clients on Everest this season.

Pioneer Adventure, under the chairmanship of Pasang Sherpa, anticipates 27 foreign members to join the Everest expedition from their company. Tendi Sherpa, the Managing Director at TAG Nepal, shared that their company has 28 clients for Mt Everest.

Other companies like Asian Trekking, Glacier Himalaya Treks, Ascent Himalayas, Mountain Experience, Satori Adventures, Shangri-La Nepal Treks, Expedition Himalaya.Com, Beyul Adventure, Snowy Horizon, Everest Parivar Treks, Kaitu Expedition, Peak Promotion, Makalu Adventure, Himalayan Ascent, and Himalaya Vision Treks will also contribute at least two members each on Mt Everest this season.

Furthermore, over 100 foreign members have booked for Mt Lhotse, and 35 for Mt Makalu, revealed EoAN’s General Secretary Bhandari. He added that several other climbing expeditions are planned for Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himlung, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam in the spring season.

A team of ten icefall doctors has already departed for the Everest Base Camp to fix a climbing route up to Camp II. Meanwhile, expedition operators are immersed in packing and supplying climbing logistics for the spring expeditions.

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Source: THT ONLINE