KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The prince of Bahrain and his expedition team successfully scaled Mt Manaslu (8,163 meter) on Thursday.
According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), the liaison officer of the base camp informed the department about the successful ascent to Mt Manaslu. “Fourteen climbers from Bahrain and three mountain guides have successfully climbed the mountain at 7:10 am this morning,” an official at the department said.
The team including the prince of Bahrain Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa had reached the base camp of Mt Manaslu on Tuesday. The expedition team has already ascended Mt Lobuche (6,119 meter) on October 3.
After the mountaineering activities were suspended due to COVID-19, the expedition team of Bahrain prince made the first ascent of 2020.
The government suspended spring season climbing as a precautionary measure for the safety of the climbers. Mountaineering activities resumed in July after a hiatus of nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An 18-member expedition team including a member from the royal family and three nationals from the United Kingdom had arrived in Kathmandu on September 16. The DoT issued the climbing permit to the team on September 22.
The DoT has issued climbing permits to four teams for three mountains namely Mt BarunTse (7,129 meter), Mt Manaslu and Mt Gyalzen (6,151 meter). The department has collected Rs 1.91 million as royalty from expedition teams attempting to scale mountains this autumn.