Bahrain royal team in Nepal, all set to summit Mount Everest

A team from Bahrain, including a royal family member Shaikh Mohamed Hamad Mohamed Al Khalifa and three British nationals, arrived in Kathmandu on Monday to summit Mt Everest.

The 16-member team called the Bahrain Defence Force (Mt Everest team) will stay in Nepal for the next 80 days. Seven Summits Trek is organising the expedition for the royal team.

The team will stay in quarantine for the next seven days before heading out for their summit via Chumnurbi Rural Municipality of Gorkha district.

It has also been reported that five members of the team will explore the rural municipality and distribute 2,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the locals.

Around 100 people, including the royal expedition team members, mountain guides, and high altitude workers will accompany the royal team in its summit.

The expedition is hoped to promote Nepali mountaineering sector in the global map as safe and secure.

The team had also scaled Lobuche peak and Mt Manaslu in the October of 2020.

Hundreds of climbers are set to return to Mount Everest for the first time next month under strict conditions, government officials and mountaineers said, as the world’s tallest peak reopens after a year closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 300 foreign climbers were likely to attempt to scale the 8,849-metre mountain in the peak climbing season beginning in April, tourism department official Mira Acharya said, compared with a record 381 climbers who attempted the famed summit in the same period in 2019.

Eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Everest are wholly or partly in Nepal, and hundreds of foreign climbers contribute millions of dollars in income annually to the cash-strapped nation.

Nepal closed its mountains in March last year as part of tight measures to control the coronavirus.