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Nepal expecting hundreds of climbers despite pandemic

March 17, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, birds fly as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Nepal is expecting hundreds of foreigners to attempt to scale the highest Himalayan peaks despite the pandemic, an official said Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, birds fly as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Nepal is expecting hundreds of foreigners to attempt to scale the highest Himalayan peaks despite the pandemic, an official said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, birds fly as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Nepal is expecting hundreds of foreigners to attempt to scale the highest Himalayan peaks despite the pandemic, an official said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal is expecting hundreds of foreigners to attempt to scale the highest Himalayan peaks despite the pandemic.

The Department of Tourism in Kathmandu said Wednesday that more than 300 foreigners have expressed interest in climbing Mount Everest this spring.

There’s similar interest for other mountains too, said Mira Acharya, a director at the department.

One Japanese and four Canadians climbers are already trekking their way to the base camps of Mount Manaslu and Mount Nuptse, respectively, Acharya said.

The spring season, which is popular because of favorable weather, began this month. It extends up to the end of May, when weather deteriorates and climbing becomes dangerous.

Those wishing to scale mountains still have to be quarantined in a hotel in the capital and test negative for the coronavirus.