Nepal has opened the doors to climbing on 114 different mountains, some of which have never been scaled prior to this opening. Nepal has a total of 40 mountains, some of which have not yet been named, if these mountains are excluded. The Nepali mountaineering scene, on the other hand, has been going strong for several decades and continues to grow.
According to a study, Nepal has more than 1,200 mountains with elevations greater than 5500 meters, including Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. It has been 67 years since the first human stepped foot on the summit of Mount Everest, and thousands of climbers have since reached the top of the world. Many of them have even succeeded in climbing the eight mountains in Nepal that rise above 8000 meters.
But the pursuit of these mighty mountains has cost the lives of thousands of mountaineers in their pursuit of their summits. Because of the extreme unpredictability of the weather, as well as the likelihood of avalanches occurring in these areas, there is a significant risk and danger.
Climbers who went mountaineering in the past were accompanied by their guides and assistants, who helped them gradually gain experience for the mammoth task that lay ahead. However, when they arrived, they were greeted by equipment that was, by today’s standards, sub-par. Going so far as to predict the weather by simply gazing at the sky; this explains the high number of deaths in the process.
However, as time has progressed, so has technological advancement. Mountaineers today have access to the most up-to-date weather information via satellite, as well as lighter and more dependable equipment.
Climbers have a natural desire to reach the summit, and this is understandable. As a result, the mountain guide is under a lot of pressure to perform. Mountain guides play an important role in ensuring that the mountaineers they transport return to a safe location. As a result, the guide has the final say in determining whether or not the climbers are ready to begin their ascent of the mountain.
When making such a decision, the most important factor to consider is security. Even if the climbers are not in peak physical condition, it is the guide’s responsibility to ensure the climber’s safety throughout the duration of the trip, including the descent. Climbers are considered to have completed only half of their task after reaching the summit, and it is not possible to return by helicopter after reaching the summit.
Because of the physical exertion required to return to a safe base camp, it is more likely that mistakes will occur during this process. In this situation, the guides will play an important role in resolving any and all potential crises. They assist the climber with the descent, guiding them to the nearest camp and making arrangements for rest and food, as well as any medical assistance that may be required.
Mountaineers have been clamoring for more well-trained and well-equipped manpower in recent years, as the number of mountaineers has increased dramatically in recent years.
Foreigners in Nepal for training purposes include:
Mountaineers and those interested in becoming mountaineers can take part in a variety of training sessions in Nepal. With the active participation of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, which was established 47 years ago, this type of training is carried out in the country.
Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, claims that foreigners have been participating in such training since the 1980s. The training is taking place in Langtang, which is located between Rasuwa and Manang.
In the past, three individuals who performed admirably during the training have even been sent to France for further education. Nepal Mountaineering Instructors Association and Nepal National Mountain Guide Association, on the other hand, have been providing mountain guide training for many years now.
Mountaineering is being taught in higher education for the first time:
The Nepal Mountaineering Academy, which is part of Tribhuvan University, is the first institution in the world to offer mountaineering courses at the postgraduate level.
The Bachelors of Mountaineering Studies program has been in operation since the fall of 2018. Students who have completed their higher secondary education in any subject and who are interested in adventure sports can enroll in this course, which will last for four years and consist of eight semesters.
Lhakpa Futi Sherpa, the chairperson of Nepal Mountain Academy, has informed that a master plan has been prepared in order to open the university, citing the interest shown by students as the driving force behind the decision to open the university.
The strides the Nepali Mountaineering sphere has made in the last few years toward becoming self-sufficient in terms of manpower are extremely encouraging to see. In other words, as the number of people seeking thrills and adventure in the mountains grows, so will the number of trained manpower available in the sector, which should result in a significant decrease in accidents and an overall safer mountaineering experience for all those involved in the sport.