November 18: Expedition teams are growingly attracted toward scaling the famous Mount Ama Dablam, which lies in the Everest region, even during Covid-19 pandemic.
High-profile foreign dignitaries as well as local expedition members are climbing the mountain one after another. Lots of mountaineers try scaling this peak before trying their luck with Everest.
Of late, even the Nepali mountaineers seem to be interested in climbing Mt Ama Dablam.
A British expedition team along with the local Sherpa guides on Tuesday reached the base camp of Mt Ama Dablam to scale the peak. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai took a group photo with the team to encourage the team members.
Former President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Ang Chiring Sherpa says that growing number of mountaineers are being attracted towards Mt Ama Dablam, which is considered as one of the most beautiful peaks in the whole world.
“Earlier, Ama Dablam was more famous than Everest,” said Sherpa.
According to him, lots of foreigners visit Nepal just to climb this mountain during the Autumn and Spring seasons, which are considered favourable to climb mountains.
Sherpa says lots of Nepalis have also climbed Mt Ama Dablam in recent years.
During the Spring season, lots of mountaineers prepare to climb Everest, Kanchanjunga,, Makalu, Annapurna and Lhotse while many foreigners visit Nepal during the Autumn season to scale small peaks and for trekking.
Qatar’s Prince Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was one of the high-profile visitors to scale the 6814 meter peak on November 11. A 14-member team of Prince Abdullah had successfully climbed the summit this season.
After climbing the mountain, Prince Abdullah said that he was very much impressed by the natural beauty and hospitality of Nepal. He also promised to visit Nepal in the coming days.
Prior to this, Bahrain’s Prince Nasia Bin Hamid Al Khalifa has also climbed 8163 meters high Manaslu.
The high-profile visits have infused hope to the tourism industry of Nepal that has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The government believes that such high-profile visits have given a positive message that Nepal’s mountaineering sector and tourism industry are safe for visitors. - RSS