Climbers retreat from Everest

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp (File Photo)

There will be no no summit on Everest this season.

According to Nagarik daily, foreign mountaineers and Nepali mountaineering staff have already started leaving the Everest base camp.

Nepali mountaineering staff expressed unwillingness to operate expedition teams on Everest this season after they lost their 13 colleagues in an avalanche on April 18. Three others are missing while six more are getting treatment in different hospitals.

Showing respect to their decision, foreign climbers have started returning from the base camp

According to expedition operators, around one and half dozen expeditions have already aborted their mission. They plan to notify the Tourism Industry Division about their decision within a day or two.

The government a few days ago extended the validity of Everest climbing permit to five years on the request of expedition teams.

“It is impossible to continue expedition without Sherpa guides. Almost all the foreign expeditions have announced that they would give up their mission this year,” the daily quoted Jivan Ghimire of Shangrila Nepal as saying.

Shangrila Nepal was operating five expeditions this year and all of them have called off their mission. Thirty-one expedition teams from different countries had received permission to climb Mt Everest this season.

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