March 27, 2023: Mount Everest climbing route from base camp to Camp II for climbing Mount Everest for this spring season has been opened. The responsibility for opening the route from the Everest base camp to Camp II has been taken by the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). Six experienced icefall doctors, who are trained to create a path through the Khumbu Icefall, have been working to put up markers, fix ropes, and set up ladders on the route under the guidance of the SPCC’s Vice Chairman, Lhakpa Sherpa.
The SPCC has informed us that the work to build the Mount Everest climbing route for the CAMP II has reached its final stage. This route is used to climb Mount Everest and other mountains in the region such as Lhotse and Nuptse.
After the completion of the construction of the Mount Everest climbing route leading to CAMP II, mountaineering companies will now build the path up to the summit of the mountain from CAMP II. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) has given permission to climbers to go up to the CAMP II after informing them about the opening of the route. Once the responsibility of opening the route is completed by the SPCC then only climbers are allowed to go up to CAMP II.
As climbers need to acclimatize their bodies for climbing, they have to move back and forth between the base camp and the CAMP II. Therefore, setting up a camp at CAMP II is crucial for the climbers.
Before starting the ascent of the Mount Everest climbing route from the Base Camp, each group at Base Camp performs a puja according to the Buddhist tradition. Sherpas, who follow the custom of asking for forgiveness and power before climbing, perform this puja.
According to the information provided by the Sherpas, in 2018, Ladders were used, but in 2019, only 20 ladders were used. Last year, Sherpas used 15 Ladders while opening the route from base camp to CAMP II.
Tourism Department Begins to issue permits
The process of obtaining permits to climb the Himalayas in Nepal started this spring. The Tourism Department has announced that climbers can apply for permits for mountain expeditions that will take place in the months of April and May. The Department is responsible for issuing permits to climbers and verifying their climbing experience.
According to the department’s statistics up to 03/27/2023, 21 climbers from two teams have received permits to climb Everest so Far. Among them, 6 are female climbers and 21 climbers are male. 86 climbers have received permits to climb Six Himalayan peaks so far.
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER ICEFALL DOCTORS COMPLETE FIXING THE ROUTE TO CAMP II
From CAMP II to the summit of Everest Nepal’s Expedition Operators Association (EOA) has assigned Mingma G’s company. His company Imagine Nepal is fixing ropes from CAMP II to the summit of Everest for the first time. previously the job was done by Seven Summit Treks under the leadership of Kami Rita Sherpa.
IFMGA guide Dawa Gyalje Sherpa will lead the rope-fixing team while it also plans to bring the old ropes back from the mountain, according to Sherpa. “Our team takes the initiative to clean the route bringing old ropes down and replacing them with new ropes. This was never done before so the rocky section on Everest is getting covered with old ropes,” he told to THT Online
Kami Rita Sherpa the record-holder climber who has climbed Everest 26 times is not fixing the route this season but he is climbing Everest this season also.
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