10.17.2016

Mountaineering - Ang Tshering Sherpa: “Low price and safety don't go hand in hand. This is the problem "


62 year old, he's the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Associacion
He recently visited the International Mountain Summit (IMS), now undergoing in Brixen (South Tyrol, Italy).
Mountaineering in Nepal has been disrupted by a terrible earthquake in 2015 and while  climbers have already come back to the peaks above 6500 meters, this is not the case for the lower mountains. According  to 4sport.ua, trekking expeditions' market is now fluctuating at around 50% of the level it used to be before the earthquake.
  

Ang Tshering Sherpa:
"We hope that the mountain climbing in Nepal will be very soon reborn. People must know that the more they help Nepal visiting our country and faster the economy will grow again allowing us to rebuild the infrastructures.
We need to be more rigorous and serious in monitoring the climbers' activity, because at the moment is  very easy to harm the image of mountaineering. A recent exemple is the Indian couple who lied about its ascent of Mount Everest: eventually they have been exposed, still it required a lot of work. 
A big problem are the liaison officers: they do not help at all in this work, the overwhelming majority of them is just interested in earning money. Indead they collect money from the climbers themselves, in spite of their duties, they do not show up at the base camps, but at the same time they permit the ascent to the summit to every climbers. The Government of Nepal is discussing  a law that would limit the number of military liaison officers to 1, not 40-50 as it was until now. But to carry out such reforms in Nepal is very difficult, because every six to eight months the government changes, and if you can negotiate and come to an understanding, then the election time comes again! But this reform is vital, especially with regards to mount Everest.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and it is not so easy to climb, so climbers coming to Everest should have extensive experience of mountaineering in the Alps and other mountains of the world.
A major problem in Nepal is the fact that mountaineering companies only pursue their own profit. These companies have enough even for those tourists who know nothing about mountaineering. They don't know what climbing a mountain mean nor even how to deal with climbing equipment. These travel agencies have a negative impact on the tourism industry in Nepal.
Of course, in Nepal there are travel agencies that are responsible and think about their work but also about the safety of climbers. However and unfortunately the most of climbers chooses travel agencies on the basis of the prices for the services provided, and in this case, low price and safety don't go hand in hand. This is the problem "

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