Kathmandu, November 2
A member of the Qatari royal family, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, leading an international expedition, has reached the base camp of Mount Ama Dablam in eastern Nepal.
The team comprising of 14 mountaineers from the United States, Canada and Nepal is expected to reach the top of the 6,812-metre tall peak in the next two weeks.
Ishwari Paudel, the managing director of Himalayan Guides Nepal, which has been managing the expedition, says the team reached the base camp on Sunday afternoon.
“Currently, ropes are being fixed for climbing. If weather favours, the team will complete its mission and return to Kathmandu in the next two weeks,” says Paudel.
The team had left Kathmandu for Lukla on Monday last week.
This expedition follows the successful climbing of two mountains in Nepal–Manaslu and Lobuche–by a team led by Bahraini Prince Mohamed Hamad Mohamed Al Khalifa recently.
Whereas the country could not host any mountaineering expedition in the spring this year due to the Covid-19 crisis, the number of autumn expeditions is also not much exciting. However, tourism entrepreneurs hope the visits by such high-profile climbers and trekkers could help the country’s tourism industry revive.