Outdoors Magazine

Manaslu Climbing Season Off to Rough Start as Climbers Stranded Without Food and Supplies

Posted on the 11 September 2018 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Manaslu Climbing Season Off to Rough Start as Climbers Stranded without Food and Supplies As the fall climbing season continues to ramp up in Nepal and Tibet, a disturbing story has come out of Kathmandu. Apparently, the Nepali government has banned several helicopter companies from flying in the Manaslu region, preventing them from delivering supplies to Base Camp, where more than 250 foreign climbers are now running low on food, clothing, and other gear.
According to The Himalayan Times, officials from the Nepali Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation barred helicopter operators Heli Everest, Manang Air and Air Dynasty from flying in the Manaslu region, and as a result the gear, food, and other supplies that belong to the mountaineering teams operating on Manaslu this season are stuck in the town of Arughat. That village serves as a staging ground for expedition logistics in the area, where helicopters have delivered supplies to Base Camp for years.
The situation has apparently gotten so severe that several of the teams have now run out of food and climbers have been wearing the same clothes for a week now. Expedition operators tell The Times that much of the food that they had purchased for the team has already started to rot while it waits for transportation to BC. They also indicate that things have already reached crisis level and that if something isn't done soon, there could be serious problems for the teams, who can't begin their rotations up the mountain until their gear arrives.
In addition to facing long delays when seeking permission to fly, the helicopter operators who are working in the area report that short weather windows is deepening the crisis. They may be told by officials in Kathmandu that they can make a supply run to BC, only to find that the fast changing weather has grounded their aircraft. This is taking an already bad situation and making it worse, as foreign climbers sit and wait not only for their personal gear to reach Base Camp, but also the food that will sustain them throughout the expedition.
Ministry officials say they are working to resolve the issues that are preventing the helicopter operators from flying as quickly as possible. In the meantime, they have a serious public relations fiasco on their hands. The country is gearing up for its "Year of Tourism" in 2020, and yet it continues to have these kinds of troubling issues when dealing with visitors. It is also extremely frustrating for the mountaineering companies, many of which have been operating in Nepal for years. Hopefully they'll get this resolved soon, as I know I wouldn't want to be stranded in the Himalaya without food and all of my gear for very long.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener