BAHRAIN EVEREST EXPEDITION - UPDATE 27 Apr 20
The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) have been in dialogue with Nepal, and ‘Seven Summits Treks’, one of the leading climbing companies in Nepal, to discuss guiding a team of Royal Guard soldiers to the summit of the highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest stands at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level, and is regarded by most climbers as the ultimate climbing experience.
The team, selected by His Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Advisor & Commander of the Royal Guard, was put through a rigorous assessment of not just their physical fitness, but also their mental robustness. This assessment was designed to ensure that each team member is capable of withstanding the extreme conditions that they will be exposed to in the Himalayas.
In order to prepare themselves for the Mount Everest expedition, the Royal Guard team will look to complete two additional climbs over the next 8 months. The first will be to a mountain called Lobuche East, which stands at 6119 metres above sea level. This initial climb will give the team the climbing skills required to progress on to the higher peaks in Nepal.
The team will then ascend Mount Manaslu which stands at 8,156 metres above sea level. This will see the team further develop their skills by climbing above 8,000 metres, commonly known as the ‘death zone’ which requires the use of a supplemental oxygen system.
Once the team has successfully completed the first two mountains, they will then make their bid to climb Mount Everest in April / May 2021.
Unfortunately, the plan for climbing the first mountain, Lobuche East has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team has been in daily communications with Seven Summits Treks, the company that will lead the team on all of the expeditions, so that that they are kept up to date with the situation in Nepal.
Although Nepal has had very few infections from the virus, they have rightly had to enforce a very stringent ‘lockdown’ procedure which has seen all commercial flights into the country halted for an unspecified period of time. Given that Nepal’s economy is somewhat reliant on its tourist/climbing income, the halting of flights due to the pandemic has meant that the country and the population have had to endure a very tough time.
It is with this situation in mind that His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, along with Seven Summit Treks are looking to donate the team’s food supplies, that are already positioned in Kathmandu, to the staffs who find themselves isolated up on the Himalaya mountain range with little access to basic food supplies. The owners of Seven Summits Treks have been humbled by the generosity and will be making their own donation of food to their staffs involved in mountaineering.
The rice and other food supplies will go a very long way in ensuring that the staffs and their families make it through this very difficult period.
QUOTE FROM NEPALESE EMBASSY:
“It is an immense pleasure to learn that, under the aegis of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Work and Youth Affairs and Board of Trustees Chairman of the Royal Charity Organisation, The Royal Guard team is donating edibles to the Sherpas through Seven Summit Treks. I believe this humane gesture of friendship and kindness bestowed upon the needy ones during such difficult and unprecedented time will be long cherished by the recipients.
Long-live Nepal-Bahrain Friendship!”
H.E. the Ambassador, Mr Padam Sundas.
QUOTE FROM SEVEN SUMMITS TREKS:
Mingma Sherpa, Chhang Dawa, and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa
“ Our team at Seven Summits Treks are a family and after receiving the news from Bahrain of a Selfless act of kindness directed from His Highness Shk Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, with the donation of the food supplies from Bahrain Royal Guard Team to the staffs, we can only consider Bahrain as our Brother. We at Seven Summits Treks thank HIs Highness Sheikh Nasser and look forward to seeing the Royal Guard Team very soon”
Seven Summit Treks is established under Company Act 2053 and Tourism Act 2035 (Registration No: 68492/066/067. Pan No: 304311183). The company is licensed by Tax Department of Nepal as a taxpayer, and also by Central Bank of Nepal as foreign currency acceptable company from foreigners and members of national and international tourism umbrella organisations.
Our guides, Sherpas and team leaders have years and years of experience in mountaineering, and understand the whims of Himalayas, as much as it’s humanly possible. Over the years, they have been trained to coordinate in a hostile terrain and take immediate actions. Read More..
In general Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are two best seasons for both climbing and trekking in Nepal.
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Yes, permit issued from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with authorised signature is essential to climb NMA peaks. If you are found to involve in an illegal climbing activity you can face prosecution as per the laws governing mountaineering regulation of Nepal Tourism Act - 2035 B.S. Article No. 38.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) classifies certain peaks between altitudes of 5000 m to 7000 m that can be climbed in a day as trekking peak. The total accent from basecamp to the peak and the decent back to the base camp can be accomplished in a day. The license for those peaks can be obtained from NMA.
Experience or no experience, it requires certain level of fitness to climb a peak. Depending upon the altitude and difficulty level, some training might also be necessary. However, there are certain mountains that can be climbed by a trekker or someone with no experience at all.
You’ll be provided a well trained and experienced guide during the climb.
During your stay in base camp, you will be provided a tent. You will also be provided food appropriate to your upcoming endeavor. Before you reach the base camp, you will be placed in a lodge or tea house.
You can obtain visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country. You can also obtain visa at entry points to Nepal, or at the airport in the immigration for merely $40. The extension of visa requires an additional payment of $30. Do not forget to carry some passport size photos with you.
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