Tibetan Mount Everest shut amid rising COVID-19 case in Nepal

The rapidly rising numbers of Covid – 19 cases in Nepal, China has shut down the Tibetan side of Mount Everest. Climber thinks to win Everest this year from the Tibetan side won’t be able to do so because of the virus outbreak in Nepal. Mount Everest located at the border of Nepal and Tibet, is accessible from both sides.

As per the Covid cases report, Nepal’s coronavirus cases have surged recently and the positivity rate has touched percent, which is nearly 9000 plus new cases on a daily basis.

A coronavirus outbreak on mountain Everest has infected at least 100 climbers and support staff, an expert mountaineering guide said, giving the first comprehensive estimate amid official Nepalese denials that the disease has spread to the world highest peak.

 A number of hikers who track to Mount Everest base camp have tested positive. At least 100 people minimum positive for COVID in base camp, and then the number might be something 150-200.  Several climbers have reported testing positive after they were brought down the Everest base camp.

This year Nepal has issued 408 climbing permits, aided by hundreds of Sherpas and staff. All are stationed at the Everest base camp since April. But given the current pandemic situation, climbing Everest this year looks like a far-fetched dream.

However, Nepalese mountaineering officials have completely rubbished the news that there are any active cases at the base camps. Most climbing teams have halted at the base camp because the weather has not been favorable.

Being Earth’s highest mountain peak, Everest attracts climbers from across the globe. Every year, highly experienced mountaineers register themselves to ascend to Everest and there are two main routes to climb. The first one is from Nepal and the other from the North Tibet.

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