Here are some interesting facts and figures compiled by Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa of Asian Trekking on mountaineering expeditions to the major peaks in Nepal & Tibet. He had compiled this list with information gathered from: Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (Government of Nepal),China Tibet Mountaineering Association, Nepal Mountaineering Association and the archives of Miss Elizabeth Hawley.
Facts & Figures Total number of Mount Everest ascents (from 1953 to Spring 2011) stands at 5584, with 3448 climbers reaching the summit of Everest. In Spring 2011 there were 375 ascents to Mount Everest from Nepal side. Out of 234 foreign climbers, 156 summited Mt.Everest. After Nepalese, Americans, British and Indians had the highest number of summiteers on Everest with 39, 27 and 19 summitteers respectively.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal issued a total of 92 permits to Mountaineering teams to various expedition peaks in this spring season of 2011. Of these, 23 were permits for foreign Mt. Everest expedition teams. There were 65 foreign Expedition teams (consisting of 465 foreign climbers) to various other mountains. The most number of climber (besides Nepalis) on the Expedition Peaks were from USA with 129 climbers, India with 48 climbers and UK with 36 climbers.
Nepal Mountaineering Association issued permits to447 climbing teams with total 2015 foreign climbers in Spring 2011 for climbing various NMA peaks. The highest number of climbers were from the UK with 258 climbers, second were Germans with 240 climber and USA with 190 climbers.
Total economic contribution from Mt. Everest Expedition teams in Spring 2011 was USD 90,15,978, while from other Mountaineering Expedition teams & NMA Peak climbing teams the contribution was USD 67,36,631 & USD71,98,35,625 respectively.
Expeditions on Tibetan Peaks (Spring , 2011)
This climbing season, on the Tibet side of Mt. Everest, there were 17 teams with 139 foreign climbers. 46 foreign climbers,56 Sherpas and 29 Chinese/ Tibetan climbers reached the top of Mt. Everest from North Side this Spring Season. Mt. Cho-Oyu had 10 groups with a total of 112 climbers (including Sherpas). 11 foreign climbers and 12 Sherpas were successful in reaching the summit of Mt. Cho-Oyu. While 8 teams with a total of 60 climbers (including sherpas) ascended Mt. Shishapangma. Only 16 foreign climbers and 7 sherpas could reach the summit of Mt. Shishapangma (from both the South Face and the Normal Route (North Side)).
Ukrainian climber Dendruk Oleksandr climbed Lhakpa Ri (7045m) with Explore Himalaya last autumn (on September 2010). He is back again this spring all set to climb Cho Oyu(8201 m), the sixth Highest Peak in the world. After final preparation and participating at a two-day climbing course in Kathmandu, Oleksandr is on his way to Tibet with Explore Himalaya’s guides and support team. Before leaving for his expedition Explore Himalaya asked him about his plans. He said, “My dream is to climb Mount Everest from the North side. But before that I would like to tackle a lesser peak and that is why I chose Cho Oyu. The first peak I climbed was Lhakpa Ri, (last year with your company). It was my first big expedition and thanks to Explore Himalaya, it went very well. The team at Explore Himalaya for me is like family. After Cho Oyu, I hope to make my dream climb to Everest with Explore Himalaya.”
Oleksandr will be making his summit(Cho Oyu’s) bid in mid May. Explore Himalaya wishes him a successful ascent !
Dendruk Oleksandr at Lhakpa Ri, Autumn, 2010 (Pic; Oleksanr)
Everest has been voted as one of the top-ten destinations for 2011 by CNN. Not surprising, because Treks to Everest Region has been a favourtite among trekkers taking the Himalayan trail. With its rugged trail, towering peaks (including +8000m peaks like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu), traditional Sherpa villages, well maintained tea houses and lodges and magnificent mountain scenery, the Khumbu Region is worth a visit. In fact, many return to this high and beautiful region after their first experience. A client who trekked with us to Khumbu in the Autumn of 2010, has expressed a similar desire in a written testimonial sent to us via email..
I am writing this mail to say many thanks for your good service during my trip in Khumbu in Autumn 2010. I really enjoyed it a lot and I am extremely happy that it worked out so well. I can hardly wait to get going to Nepal again…… I do not know when we will meet again, but one thing is for sure, we will meet again because I will certainly be returning to the Khumbu for climbing. It will really be good to see you all again.
Explore Himalaya congratulates Dendruk Oleksandr from Ukraine & Camino Gonzalez Juan Antonio from Spain for summiting Lhakpa Ri(7045m) on 20th September 2010 at 1500 hrs (local time).This was the first summit of the season by a group whose expedition our company helped organize. We also congratulate Dendruk Oleksandr for becoming Explore Himalaya’s first Ukrainian client to summit Lhakpa Ri (7045 m). The two climbers were supported by climbing sherpas Dayalu Sherpa and Sange Sherpa.
The duo visited our office after returning to Kathmandu. When EH asked them about their experience, they had this to say:
Dendruk Oleksandr (Ukraine) :” Generally our expedition was good and we are very happy that we could summit despite bad weather. I found Rongbuk and the Chencey glaciers very beautiful.
I have climbed many 6000m peaks and this year I chose to climb Lhakpa Ri peak (7045 M) to check my strength and also because, according to the information I received, this was an easy 7000m peak. My dream is to climb Mt. Everest. Next year I plan to climb Cho Oyu(8201m) or any 8000m peak, before attempting Mount Everest. I hope I will be able to fulfill my dream.”
Camino Gonzalez Juan Antonio (Spain): “The last bit of the climbing proved to be very difficult. Moreover the weather turned bad and the last 50 meters to the summit was really difficult. But the climb was memorable, especially when we reached the summit.”
(About Lhakpa Ri: The ascent up this mountain is regarded as the easiest 7000+ peak ascent. You make the ascent via the Everest Advance Base Camp.The mountain divides the upper East Rongbuk glacier and upper Kharta glacier, and lies in proximity to the mighty Mt Everest.)
American Jordan Romero(13 years) the youngest person to climb Mt Everest, announced in Kathmandu that he would be climbing Mt.Cho Oyu next. He plans to climb the 8,201-metre peak this autumn. Mt Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest peak straddles the Nepal-China border. According to Nepalese law climbers under 16 years of age are barred from climbing high mountain peaks.Thus Romero will be attempting his feat from Tibet side. He had scaled Mt Everest from the Tibet side a week ago.
The meeting and handling was well organized. The guides and support staff were all friendly. Meals during the trek were plentiful and delicious, nice variety.