New trekking route for trekkers

Kathmandu, March 24:

Climbers’ Club has found a new route for trekking in the Solukhumbu area.

The route, said Climbers’ Club president Da Gombu Sherpa, will minimise the risk of high altitude sickness. “The shortest and easiest route to summit Mera Peak is Pawe-Shotang-Bung-Chaulemakharka,” she said adding that there are four airports located in the southern part of Solukhumbu. Mera Peak — at an altitude of 6,476 metres above sea level — is challenging for climbers who start trekking from Chhuteng.

Since Lukla airport is 2850 metres above sea level and climbers are affected by high altitude sickness once they land at Lukla airport.

“If the new route is developed, it will increase local economic activities,” said Sherpa, one of the members of the First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 Spring (FIWSE 2008).

The club has planned the first International Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2011 to internationalise its FIWSE 2008 experience in Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

The club also honoured Pemba Gyalzen Sherpa for rescuing 14 people on the world’s second highest peak, K2, last year. National Geographic named Sherpa Best Adventurer of the year 2008.