KATHMANDU, Sept 23: The Department of Tourism (DoT) has issued climbing permits to a team consisting prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain on Tuesday.
According to the DoT, two teams from the United Kingdom and Bahrain have been issued permits to scale the Mt Manaslu (8,163m). “Three climbers from the UK and remaining 15 others from Bahrain will attempt to climb the mountain in the autumn season,” said the DoT.
This is the second mountaineering permit the department has issued for climbers to scale mountains after a suspension of about five months in mountaineering to contain the spread of COVID-19. The first team of six people has received the go signal from the DoTM to scale Mt Baruntse (7,129m).
The DoTM has collected Rs 18,000 from the first team of climbers and US dollar 16,200 from the second team as royalty.
The Bahrain military expedition from the Royal Guard commanded by Bahrain’s prince Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa had arrived in Nepal last week. They were brought to Nepal on a special aircraft from Shaikh Isa Air Base.
The mountaineering activities resumed in July after a hiatus of nearly six months due to COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping in view of the possible spread of COVID-19, the spring season climbing was put into halt and suspended all climbing permits for this season as a precautionary measure for the safety of climbers.