Nepal | January 24, 2021

Climbing Sherpas start getting summit certificates

Rajan Pokhrel
Share Now:
Sherpa climber

Lakpa Sherpa poses for the camera after standing a top the Mt Everest in 2016. Photo Courtesy: Lakpa Sherpa/File

KATHMANDU: Over 500 high-altitude climbing guides who made it to the summit of different mountains in recent years can now receive their summit certificates, officials at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation have said.

According to DoT’s director general Dinesh Bhattarai, climbing Sherpas who accompanied the expedition members to the summit of different climbing peaks including Mt Everest in the last two years shall apply for their summit certificates at the DoT.

“The DoT can now issue certificates to the Sherpa summiteers after a revision to the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation was published in today’s gazette,” he said.

Earlier, the government had deprived more than 500 Sherpas, who successfully scaled mountains, including the world’s highest peak, of summit certificates, citing a clause of the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation that bars them from obtaining government certificates. But certificates were issued to Sherpas till 2015 for successful summit.

Following the criticism from all corners, the government had recently revised the regulation inserting a clause which allows Sirdars, mountain guides and high-altitude workers, who accompany expeditions to the top of the climbing peaks, including Mt Everest, to get their summit certificates.

Lakpa Sherpa (26), who along with a small team conducted a rare rescue above Camp II on the Mt Everest saving lives of Slovakian climbers Vladimír Štrba and Zoltán Pál on 10 May 2016, welcomed the government’s decision.

“Issuance of summit certificates certainly motivates Sherpa climbers who tirelessly worked for the expedition members in different mountains,” Sherpa, who also runs Pioneer Adventure Treks & Expeditions, reacted.

The seven-time Everest summiteer was a part of the world’s highest rescue mission coordinated by Australian climber Anthony Gordon.

Sherpa were the backbone of the Nepal’s climbing industry, he said, adding that they were the true leaders in the mountains. Born in Makalu VDC-9 of Sankhuwasabha district, Lakpa has summitted Mt Everest seven times including a summit from the north side and Mt K2 twice in 2012 and 2014.

He has also stood atop the summits of Mt Makalu, Mt Manaslu, Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Amadablam three times each, while guiding the world climbers. “I will collect my papers from DoT in a day or two,” Sherpa quipped.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

NC, JSP-N not keen on joint struggle

NC says it’s protesting, JSP-N blames NCP of betrayal KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal-led Nepal Communist Party has repeatedly asked the Nepali Congress to join hands in a joint struggle against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Read More...

Hazard ends drought, Benzema scores twice as Real rout Alaves

VITORIA-GASTEIZ: Eden Hazard scored his first goal in almost three months while Karim Benzema bagged a brace as Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win away to Alaves in La Liga on Saturday in the absence of coach Zinedine Zidane. Zidane tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the game so a Read More...

Dead Bodies of Nepalese Migrant Workers brought to Nepal

NAC brings bodies of 18 Nepalis from Malaysia

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Nepal Airlines Corporation has repatriated the bodies of 18 Nepali nationals from Malaysia. The national flag-carrier brought the bodies in its wide-body A330 aircraft. Eighteen bodies and the mortal remains of one Nepali were brought here today. NAC had brought ho Read More...

Govt urged to implement NHRC recommendations

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 The National Human Rights Commission has urged the Government of Nepal to implement the recommendations made by it earlier and those suggestions received from the international community in the course of Universal Periodic Review. In the wake of the 37th Session of the Un Read More...

Rajendra Mahato

Gajendra Narayan Singh’s memorial marked in Tarai districts

RAJBIRAJ, JANUARY 23 Various programmes were organised to mark the death anniversary of late Gajendra Narayan Singh in various Tarai districts today. In Rajbiraj, Saptari, Gajendra Narayan Singh Research Centre, Saptari, organised different programmes on the 19th death anniversary of Singh Read More...

KMC begins martyrs’ week celebrations

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Martyrs’ Week celebrations have started from today in commemoration of all the known and unknown martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the welfare of the people and the country. The main celebration committee formed by Kathmandu Metropolitan City today formally started Read More...

Bagmati clean-up campaign

Ten tonnes waste managed from Bagmati River

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 About 10 metric tonnes of waste was managed from the Bagmati River today. Today is the 402nd week of the Bagmati Clean-up Mega Campaign. As part of the campaign, about 100 volunteers gathered on the Bagmati River banks near Minbhawan area and collected garbage, Govind Read More...

Covid-19 Vaccines , Nepal

Preparations under way to dispatch COVID-19 vaccine to all provinces

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Preparations are under way to dispatch COVID-19 vaccine to all seven provinces. One million doses of the vaccine were received from India under grant assistance on Thursday. According to Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Jageshwar Gautam, these Read More...