Nepal's Everest Season Kickstarts with Monumental Summit

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 14, 2024 09:34 AMNews
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Group of climbers trekking through a valley towards Everest with mountains in the background . Source: unsplash

On a brisk Friday evening in Nepal, a team of ten climbers achieved a monumental feat by reaching the summit of Mount Everest, signaling the onset of the eagerly anticipated spring climbing season. This successful ascent marks not only a triumph of human spirit and resilience but also sets the stage for future expeditions hoping to conquer the world's highest peak.

These climbers, hailing from various Nepalese expedition companies, embarked on their journey via the mountain's southern route, typically the path of choice for the season's first summit attempts. Their achievement paves the way for the numerous adventurers waiting for their turn to scale the peak.

Further enhancing the 2023 spring climbing season, the Nepal Tourism Department reported that 414 mountaineers have been granted permits to attempt the ascent this year. Each climber, accompanied by a Nepali guide, contributes to a bustling activity period at Everest, with over 800 individuals expected to climb in the weeks to come.

In a significant development this year, China has reopened the northern approach to Everest, accessible via Tibet, to international climbers. This route had been closed since 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but its reopening this Monday has been welcomed by the mountaineering community, offering an alternative path that complements the traditional route from Nepal.

The spring season in Nepal is particularly popular among mountaineers due to the relatively warmer temperatures and more stable weather conditions, which typically extend from April to early June. Last year, Everest saw over 600 summiteers, making it one of the busiest seasons on record, albeit not without its challenges. The season was also marred by 18 fatalities, underscoring the perilous nature of high-altitude climbing and the impact of increasingly crowded conditions on the mountain's slopes.

Mountaineering continues to be a vital economic activity in Nepal, a country that is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Everest. Since the historic first ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, Everest has attracted hundreds of climbers each year, each drawn by the promise of standing atop the world's highest point and the sheer beauty of the Himalayas. This year, as the climbing community celebrates the successful start of the season, the spirit of exploration and adventure continues to thrive, against the backdrop of Everest's majestic and unforgiving terrain.

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