The COVID-19 Pandemic May Be the Hardest Mountain Nepal’s Sherpas Have Ever Had to Climb
Everest South Base Camp lies at a height of 17,598 feet (5,364 m), however it is no asylum from the worldwide pandemic. The Nepali Sherpas who, in ordinary occasions, share the kinship of climbers on the world’s most noteworthy mountain, presently uphold exacting social-removing rules, staying inside their different camps—surely, for the most part inside their own tents.
“We have made a standard not to stroll starting with one camp then onto the next as certain climbers have tried positive,” says Phunuru, a Sherpa manage. “In the event that we see another person strolling around our camp, we promptly start a request.”
Authoritatively, there is no Covid here. “Around 100 individuals have scaled Everest a week ago and rest will climb this week,” Rudra Singh Tamang, chief general of the Department of Tourism, reads a clock. “All is well.”
In any case, numerous climbers say something else. “The COVID circumstance at [Base Camp] is an all out s—storm,” American Gina Marie Han-Lee wrote in a Facebook post in late April. “I did not understand what I was flying into.” Other climbers, from Norway and the U.K., have tried positive and one nearby specialist—who declined to be named, refering to true provocation—read a clock that “two dozen climbers have been cleared from Base Camp to Kathmandu and they later tried positive at a medical clinic.”