Nepal | August 10, 2020

Spaniards climb ‘sacred peaks’ sans DoT permit

Rajan Pokhrel
Share Now:
Mountaineers Santi, Oriol and Roger at the karyolung-summit

File photo of mountaineers Santi, Oriol and Roger pose for a photo after ascending to the Karyolung summit. Photo Courtesy: Santi Padros

Kathmandu, November 29

Three Spanish climbers scaled Mt Karyolung (6,530m) and Mt Numbur (6,958m) without obtaining a climbing permit from the Department of Tourism earlier this month.

Santi Padrós, Oriol Baro and Roger Cararach claim that they have ‘opened new climbing routes to the top of the sacred mountains.’ “We organised the expedition ourselves and we did not obtain any permit from the department of tourism because we wanted to explore the region for future climbs,” Padrós replied to THT via email.

A mountain guide accredited by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations said their climb was dedicated to Slovenian mountaineer Domen Kastelic who died in an avalanche on Monte Blanc in Western Europe recently.

But DoT is clearly not impressed. “It’s illegal to attempt to climb mountains without obtaining the government permit,” DoT’s Director Durga Datta Dhakal said, adding that the department would take legal action against Spanish climbers.

Dhakal said the government should impose a ban on three climbers from visiting country for mountaineering for 10 years and also collect a fine equal to twice the royalty fixed for Mt Everest from them for scaling an opened peak without permit.

An expeditionist has to pay a royalty of $11,000 to obtain a DoT permit to scale Mt Everest. DoT issued climbing permits to 162 expeditions for several mountains – except Mt Numbur, Mt Karyolung and Mt Khatang – for autumn.

According to country’s mountaineering regulation, a three-member expedition to any mountain below 7,000m must obtain a permit from DoT by paying the government a royalty of $700 per mountain.

Along with garbage deposit, the expedition must have a liaison officer in each mountain and should also employ high altitude workers to begin climbing activities.

Padrós, Baro and Cararach, who arrived in Kathmandu on October 16, stayed in Solukhumbu region for three weeks acclimatising themselves before attempting to climb Mt Karyolung, Mt Numbur and Mt Khatang (6,790m). “After reaching Mt Numbur base camp at Dudh Kunda (4,600m) in four days, we spent 17 days there to make ascents to three peaks,”

Padrós told THT. According to him, all three stood atop Mt Karyolung on October 31, while, he along with Baro, made it up to 5,900m on Mt Numbur on November 4. The climbers said they ran out of time to scale Mt Khatang.

The Spanish climbers claimed to have discovered two new routes to Mt Karyolung and Mt Numbur. “We have named the routes as ‘Pilar Dudh K(h)unda’ (1,400 m VI/6a, AI4, M4) to Mt Karyolung and the ‘Nepali Sun’ (1,000m VI/5, M4) to Mt Numbur,” Padrós, who runs Dolomismo, a mountain and canyoning guiding company in Spain, told THT.

According to him, the team spent 10 hours climbing on the icy slope of Mt Numbur up to 6,900m.

A version of this article appears in print on November 30, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Transitional Justice, court, justice, punishment, law

Judiciary: Public should maintain restraint on comments about court order/verdicts

We should not forget that it is the court that upholds justice, protect people's rights. Had the judiciary not been there, whatever the two powerful organs of the state — executive and legislature — wanted to happen, could happen. It is the judiciary that checks the excesses of the executive and Read More...

Messi helps Barca sink Napoli to reach last eight

Barcelona beat Italians 3-1 for 4-2 aggregate win Messi scores and earns penalty at empty Nou Camp Barca face Bayern in Champions League last eight BARCELONA: A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the Read More...

Lewandowski dazzles as Bayern crush Chelsea to reach last eight

MUNICH: Robert Lewandowski struck twice and set up two more goals as Bayern Munich cruised past Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory and remain on course for a treble of titles. The Bavarians will be on an 18-game winning streak acr Read More...

PM Oli tells Madi delegation to Build Ram's idol and promote Ayodhyapuri as his place of birth

Kathmandu, August 8 At a time when the entire country is concerned about the sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is trying to convince everybody that Lord Ram’s birth place is in Ayodhyapuri, area of Madi Municipality, Chitwan. The PM, who had made a phone call to W Read More...

Activist Iih to end hunger strike today

Kathmandu, August 8 Youth activist Iih, initiator of ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign, is set to end his 21- day hunger strike tomorrow, as the government has agreed to meet the demands of the satyagrahis. Iih has been staging the fast-unto-death strike demanding government’s effective role i Read More...

Maintain essential health services during COVID-19 response: WHO

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 8 World Health Organisation has urged member countries, including Nepal, in the South-East Asia Region to accelerate resumption of disrupted health-care services, hit by the pandemic, as an integral part of the COVID-19 response. “The pandemic has put immense strain on heal Read More...


Young woman dies for want of treatment

BIRGUNJ, AUGUST 8 Bishnu Lama, 22, of Chhapakaiya, Birgunj-2, died for want of treatment in Birgunj this morning. Various hospitals, including Birgunj-based Narayani Hospital had refused to admit Lama, who had experienced breathing complications. She was taken to Corona Special Hospital, Ganda Read More...

Swab sample collected from communities

DHANGADHI, AUGUST 8 Swab samples have been collected to diagnose whether the virus has spread in the community level of the Sudurpaschim Province. The provincial government has started collecting swab samples from communities as the province is at a high risk of infection. Director at Sudur Read More...