After Earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25th last year, there had been zero mountain summits in the mountain since then. The tourism industry of Nepal, which used to contribute a significant amount in the nation’s GDP, was shaken. This led to tourism a situation that can even be called as “tourism crisis”. But, on May 12th, Sherra Gyalgen, a Nepali Sherpa, led 8 other men to the summit and carried out a successful expedition on the mountain.
“Sherra Gyalgen Sherpa reached the top of Sagarmatha at 5:05pm (local time),” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), using the mountain’s Nepali name. “In all, nine Sherpa climbers scaled the top,” tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said from Everest Base Camp.
This successful expedition to the Everest has reopened the gates to Everest climbing once again. The government, this year, has granted 289 permits to the foreign climbers. And it is yet to be seen if all of those climbers will make a successful trip to the tallest mountain of the world. The numbers of the climbers coming to Nepal for Everest climbing is 40% less than the average and 700 people less than the climbers of 2013. Between May 14 and May 16, 100 people are expecting to reach the summit.
With this new hope in the tourism sector, the adventurers and the tourism stakeholders of Nepal hope that this will be yet another beginning for the Nepalese tourism.
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