The Nepalese government has set up its first-ever office at Mount Everest Base Camp, Mount Qomolangma. This is the country’s first bid to help make mountaineering in Nepal safer and more organised. Great news for trekkers and tourists!
The office is yet to be inaugurated but once it has been it will have five personnel deployed including an army man, a government liaison officer, a medial doctor and support staff. The office will also be equipped with computers, satellite phones, email, internet and mobile phones in case of emergency. The government hopes the office will be ready and operating by May, just in time for the start of the climbing season.
“Due to the growing pressure and chaos at the Everest of late, we felt the contact office should be set up at the highest peak instantly,”
said Madhusudan Sapkota, spokesperson at the ministry. He also added that similar offices will be set up gradually at mountains of Manasalu, Amadublam and Annapurna within the next year.
The role of these offices will be to inform visitors about mountaineering activities, document incidents and accidents and liaise directly with the ministry.
Is Mount Everest on your bucket list?
Many dream of making it to the top of Mount Everest but the truth of today is that, it’s a dangerous climb that is no to be attempted by amateurs. Even expert climbers have underestimated her sometimes harsh nature and the rise in recent deaths pay tribute to that. Trekking up to Base Camp however is very manageable and an experience in itself, especially if you’ve only just started your trekking career and will be a highlight on your holiday in Nepal.
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