SOLUKHUMBU, Apr 17: The Everest Base Camp, used also by mountaineers climbing two other mountains, has become crowded with tourists with the start of the mountaineering season. While the climbers have not yet started out on their expedition, more than two dozen expedition agencies are busy trying to settle the summiteers in the base camp and setting up camps for them.
The base camp has been set up early for fears of not finding sufficient space to set up camp due to the congestion. The location acts as the base camp for mountaineers climbing Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. The camp sees a dramatic increase in mountaineers and helpers, officials from the expedition agencies, as well as visiting trekkers, which results in crowding during the mountaineering season, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government-appointed information official staying at the base camp.
Climbers have to settle in at the base camp a few weeks before starting their expedition for acclimatization to the climate conditions in the region. The base camp is also important for essential preparations to climbing, due to which the area becomes highly crowded for almost two months before the actual expeditions start.
The Everest Base Camp is also the ending point for trekkers enjoying the Khumbu trekking route, due to which there is a constant presence of trekkers in the camp. “An expedition agency has more than 50 workers and officials working in the base camp,” said Lakpa Tenzing Sherpa, “Food arrangements for the climbers are also done at the base camp.”
The base camp is being flocked by 30 teams of mountaineers, of which 26 are summitting Mt. Everest, 3 are climbing Mt. Lhotse, while 1 group is climbing Mt. Nuptse. Currently, the mountaineers are preparing for their main expedition by climbing smaller peaks. Climbing the smaller peaks acts as an exercise in their climbing skills and is also a part of the altitude acclimatization necessary for climbing the higher peaks.
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