Saturday, October 3, 2020

Bahrain prince and his expedition team successfully climb Mt Lobuche

Bahrain Prince Mohamed Hamad Mohamed Al Khalifa, along with record-holder Sherpa climbers, scaled Mt Lobuche today morning making it the first team to scale a Nepali peak throughout the year 2020.

The expedition team of Bahrain prince has successfully scaled the 6,119-metre Mt Lobuche peak in the Mt Everest region today, confirmed the Department of Tourism (DoT).

The ‘Bahrain Everest’ team – with 27 sherpas, 15 Bahrain nationals and three United Kingdom (UK) nationals scaled the mountain successfully this morning at 8:50 am, according to Seven Summit Treks – the trekking agency that is leading the expedition.

The climbers attempting the peak include British nationals Richard Warren McConnel, Phillip Clough and Christopher Anothony, Bahrain nationals – Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulla Ebrahim Mohamed, Mohamed Ali Jasim Ahmed Alboainain, Arafat Hamood Naji Ghurbah, Ebrahim Khalil Ebrahim Zayed Mohamed Aljazzaf, Ahmed Said Ahmed Isa Alkabbi, Arif Feroz Shah Murad Qalunder Ghulam, Mohamed Adul Rahman Yusuf Alkawari, Khaled Ali Hasan Ebrahim Hasan Aldossery, Abdulaziz Rafea Abbar Khalaf Alabed, Khaled Sultan Mohamed Abdulla Alsheerwai, Murad Mohamed Yusuf Abdul Sayed, Ebrahim Ali Salem Jaber, Saud Hamad Mubarak Hamad Eid and Mohamed Isa Abdulla Yusuf Alqais – and other Sherpa support staff.

The high profile team will be at Mt Manaslu base camp on October 6 – after its successfully ascent of Mt Lobuche –  to attempt to climb Mt Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain next week, the travel agency confirmed, adding that this is the first ascent of 2020 in Nepal as the mountaineering activities were suspended due to Covid-19. “But the Royal Guard team also plans to climb Mt Everest in the next spring season.”

The team also consists of Mingma Sherpa – the record holder mountaineer for becoming the first person from South Asia to scale all 14 of the world’s highest mountains – and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa – who holds the title of the youngest person to climb Mt Everest without using supplementary oxygen – has been named as ‘Bahrain Everest’ team. 

The Department of Tourism (DoT) had issued the climbing permit to the team on September 22 as the first team to scale mountain in 2020. 

Mountaineering activities resumed in July after nearly six months due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The government had suspended all climbing permits for the spring season as a precautionary measure for the safety of climbers keeping in view of the possible spread of Covid-19. 

But lack of expedition has hit the high-altitude climbing Sherpas, who have been worst hit by the Covid-19 lockdown, and prohibitory order. The government has but already announced to open up tourism activities resuming all international flights to and from Nepal from October 17.

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