Nepal | July 14, 2020

Total 535 successful ascents last autumn

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 13

A total of 535 climbers from 54 countries successfully scaled 25 peaks in the last autumn season.

Out of the total successful climbers of autumn season, 417 were males while 118 were females.

However, the number of successful climbers last autumn declined by 26 per cent compared to the 723 climbers that had successfully scaled various peaks in autumn season of 2018, informed Mira Acharya, director of Hotel and Mountaineering division of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

“Although the number of successful climbers declined last autumn, the number of permits issued for different peaks was higher last year,” she said. “In 2018 autumn season, 844 climbers had received expedition permits for 43 peaks against 1,210 permits issued for 53 peaks in the same season last year.”

As per Acharya, the unfavourable weather conditions could have primarily resulted in drop of successful ascents last autumn.

“Technical aspects are other reasons behind expedition failure,” she said, further explaining that the climbers are required to have a thorough knowledge of the mountain, good equipment as well as mental and physical strength. She added that most of the climbers that had sought permits last autumn were first timers.

“Climbers who come for adventurous experiences also usually give up mid-way as they tend to neither have the perseverance nor the physical capability like professional mountaineers,” she said. “The small window for ascents to some high peaks is another reason for expedition failure.”

A version of this article appears in print on January 14, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Photo Gallery: Aerial view of Dharahara reconstruction site

Kathmandu, July 13 An aerial view of Dharahara tower being reconstructed, in Kathmandu, as seen on Monday, July 13, 2020. Read More...

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 144 new cases, 1,705 recoveries, no deaths recorded today

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 289,371 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method have been carried out, Read More...

Nepal witnesses sharp spike in COVID-19 recovery cases on Monday

KATHMANDU: Nepal reported a sharp spike in daily recovery cases on Monday, logging the highest number of single-day Covid-19 recovery total in the country, till date. As many as 1,705 persons earlier diagnosed with the infection have been discharged from various health care facilities across the Read More...

Six found dead, six others still missing in Tanahun landslides

DAMAULI: Six persons were found dead while six others are still reported missing in landslides at assorted locations in Tanahun district. With the monsoon at it's peak, torrential rainfall-triggered landslips and floods swept away human settlement at  Bhaisekili in Rishing Rural Municipality Read More...

Google announces $10 billion 'digitization' fund for India

NEW DELHI: US tech giant Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India's transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc's Google, said Monday that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to India's nee Read More...

Pfizer, BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine candidates get FDA's 'fast track' status

LONDON: Two experimental coronavirus vaccines jointly developed by German biotech firm BioNTech and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer have received 'fast track' designation from the US drug regulator, the companies said on Monday. The candidates, BNT162b1 and BNT162b2, are the most advanced of the Read More...

Sevilla practically seal top-four finish, Eibar stay up, Leganes still alive

MADRID: Sevilla closed in on Champions League qualification by beating struggling Real Mallorca 2-0 at home to open up a nine-point gap in the race for fourth spot in La Liga. Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring with a first-half penalty while Youssef En Nesyri sealed the victory late on, latching Read More...