The Mercury

Foreigners return to climb Mount Everest


FOREIGNERS climbed Mount Everest for the first time since Nepal’s government reopened the mountain after it was shut last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite recent coronaviru­s cases at its base camp.

Thirty-eight climbers including 10 Bahraini and two British mountainee­rs climbed the world’s highest mountain yesterday.

It comes as a few climbers were evacuated from the Everest base camp in April with symptoms of Covid-19.

Nepal closed the mountain in March last year due to the pandemic, but reopened for this year’s climbing season starting in April, issuing a record of 408 permits granting access to the 8 848.86m peak.

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