The first two waves of climbers to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak have done so with little drama, and many of the climbers are linking Everest with Lhotse after a rest at the South Col. There were 408 permits for Everest this year and 125 for Lhotse.
On May 12, 50 climbers reached the summit, which now means that over 150 have climbed Everest this season. There are still over 300 climbers waiting for their turn to climb the fixed lines to the top. Nepalese mountaineer and the expedition manager of Seven Summit Treks, Chhang Dawa Sherpa, congratulatedShehroze Kashif for becoming the youngest Pakistani to climb Everest at 19. “This morning Kashif successfully climbed the Mt. Everest as a part of Seven Summit Treks — Everest Expedition 2021,” he wrote.
Currently, no flights are going in or out of Nepal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Nepal due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Currently, regularly scheduled commercial flights departing Nepal are not available. On May 11, the Government of Nepal (GoN) extended the flight suspension through the night of May 31. The U.S. Embassy has requested that the GoN permit the operation of charter flights by airlines providing service to the United States.”
There are currently a handful of Canadian climbers in the Himalayas, including Quentin Roberts, who’s attempting a line on Tengkangpoche with Jesse Huey. A team of Canadian will also be heading to K2 this summer.