The Nepalese government has announced that the climb to the summit of Mount Everest will begin next week.
The latest weather forecasts, according to the Department of Tourism, show that the time between May 1 and 9 is ideal for climbing.
“You should expect some good news from Everest next week,” says Mira Acharya, the department’s Mountaineering Director.
This season, the department has given Everest climbing permits to 408 people from 43 expeditions. This season’s number of aspiring Everest climbers is the highest ever recorded in a season.
This number also represents more than half of the total climbing permits authorized this season for a total of 16 climbing peaks throughout the world. According to the department, permits have been given to 742 people from 85 expeditions so far.
Meanwhile, the department’s Director-General Rudra Singh Tamang reports that 1,200 people, including climbers, guides, assistants, and liaison officers, have arrived at the base camp.
Several Nepalese and international media outlets have documented a few Covid-19 cases at the base camp, but the government has dismissed the claims.