Everest Visitor increased by 34 per cent in 2016

Published on Jan -7, 2017: The number of tourists in the Mt. Everest region increased by 33.66 per cent in 2016 as compared to 2015.

Everest Base Camp, Oct. 2016.

Total 27,465 tourists visited the Everest region in 2015 whereas total 36,694 tourists visited in 2016. This number is 9,229 more than in the previous year. The tourist arrival in the Everest region had fallen drastically due to the massive earthquake of 25th April, 2015, but it increased in 2016. Among them, most of the tourist trekked to Everest base camp and few visitors trekked to Gokyo valley and other routes.

October and November, 2016 were the busiest months for trekking in Everest region. Some days, more than 500 visitors entered from the Sagarmatha National Park check post in a day. Cozy airport, Tenzing Hilari Airport was busy, most of hotels were full, and there was long queue and crowd on the way to Everest base camp, mountain weather was good.

Visitors in Everest View Hotel, Syangboche. That is four star hotel located at the highest place in the world, 3900 meters. The photo of crowd is taken on 1st November, 2016. That place is popular for Everest view.

Two years back, 2016 is succeed year for Everest summit. Over the past two years, tragedies and difficult circumstances had accord in Everest region during the Mount Everest climbing season in May. In 2014, 16 Nepali mountain workers were killed, and nine more were injured, in the Khumbu Icefall, a tragic circumstance that led to calls to improving the working conditions, both in terms of improved safety and insurance policies, for mountain workers. And in April, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, about 9,000 deaths and more than 22,000 injured across the country and Nepal and Chinese governments closed Everest to climbing. Total 641 climbers made the Everest summit in 2016 and total 4469 people have scaled Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first climbed the mountain on 29th May 1953.

Panoramic View from Syangboche.

Adventurous flight to Lukla

Many people are saying Lukla airport is the most dangerous. I am Rai Fanindra, trekking and tour guide in Nepal. I have flown more than thirty times but always I fell adventurous and it’s scenic view of beautiful landscape from the sky. Flights cannot operate in bad weather and close early noon for safety. 2015, Last year in the beginning of October, I had 3 clients from Malaysia for Everest base camp trekking; at that time Tara Air had taken us to Lukla via Lamidanda airport. Plane landed in Lamidanda airport and we waited about 30 minutes for clearing weather in Lukla. We reached in 5 minutes from Lamidanda to Lukla.