Mountaineers eye other peaks after Everest bid shattered

Some climbers who abandoned their bid on Mt Everest after an avalanche claimed lives on the icy slope on the mountain have decided to climb other summits.

According to expedition operators, four climbers have already got permits to climb Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167metres) while a few others are planning to summit Mt Makalu and other peaks. Managing Director of Seven Summit Treks Mingma Sherpa said two Chinese, and one each from Peru and Romania left for Dhaulagiri yesterday after abandoning their Mt Everest expedition. 

Joint secretary at Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Madhu Sudan Burlakoti confirmed that four climbers paid US$ 8,000 as royalty to climb Mt Dhaulagiri. “They paid extra amount as there was no provision to transfer the permit from one mountain to another,” he added.

John All, of the American Climber Science Programme from Himalayan Ecstasy, said his team also opted for another mountain as they had failed to climb Mt Lhotse due to unfavourable circumstances in the Everest base camp. 

Anil Bhattarai of Himalayan Ecstasy said John and few others would opt for other mountains as they found it very hard to give up thousands of US dollars it took to get to Nepal.

Four more climbers from Seven Summit Treks are also planning to climb Mt Makalu after their dream of summiting Mt Everest was shattered, Sherpa said.

“Most of the climbers are in a mood to return home but a few are choosing alternatives,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association said.

Meanwhile, Everest expedition leaders who arrived in Kathmandu have been documenting suggestions and recommendations for Expedition Operators Association of Nepal which will be forwarded as a proposal to the Ministry on Sunday, EOAN president Damabar Parajuli said.

Permits issued

Peaks Expeditions

• Lhotse 9

• Makalu I 5

• Dhaulagiri 5

• Kanchanjunga 4

• Annapurna I 2

• Manaslu 1

• Yalung Kang 1 

Source: THT