Everest climbers are moving up to higher camps with Sherpas fixing ropes up to Camp III in Everest icefall route reports The Himalayan Times (THT).

Nine chopper flights were used to ferry gear up to the higher camp from Gorakshep after the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation granted permission to make the flights above base camp confirmed Damber Parajuli, President of the Expedition Operators’ Association of Nepal.

Use of chopper to transport ropes, anchors and oxygen for the climbers up to Camp I reduces movement of high altitude workers through the icefall route. The government’s move has been termed as a positive step by climbers and support staff.

The Department of Tourism (DoT) has issued Everest climbing permits to 289 mountaineers from 38 countries, 78 Mt Lhotse permits to 11 teams, and 44 Mt Nuptse permits for seven teams this season. More than 432 high altitude workers are assisting the teams to summit Mt. Everest. Additionally, more than 100 Base Camp workers, including kitchen staff, also obtained permits to join the expedition teams.

THT also spoke to Col Ranveer Jamwal, leading a team of Indian Army Everest Massif expedition, who confirmed that most of the teams had started moving to Camp I and Camp II.

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