Kathmandu, April 18: Mount Everest is facing the risk of a 'traffic jam' this season as it braces a large number of mountaineering expedition teams. Many climbers who had taken permission in 2014 are also allowed to join the climb this year, resulting in high number of climbers. The Tourism department claims that this year 267 climbers have started the trek and the chances of the total number tipping over 400 are high.
According to the Department of Tourism, there will be more climbers this season around 400. Add high altitude workers, whose number is usually more than the climbers, to that, and there could be around 1,000 individuals on their way to the summit, creating a queue whose snail-paced movement will be punctuated by frequent halts.
Around 290 climbers had arrived at the base camp after acquiring permission to climb Mt Everest last year when hundreds were able to reach the summit following two years of disasters on the mountain. As there will be more high altitude workers accompanying the climbers, it is estimated that around 1,000 individuals will reach the peak this season.
The 2015 season was called off after 19 climbers were killed and 61 injured by an avalanche at the base camp triggered by a massive earthquake. The previous year, 16 Sherpa guides perished in an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall.
More than 3,000 people have scaled Mt Everest since 1953 when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the top of the world. Over 280 climbers have died attempting the feat. But despite disasters and deaths, Mt Everest never fails to lure the climbers with its majesty.