The Covid-19 outbreak at Mount Everest Base Camp has evacuated dozens of climbers from the base camp, it is said.
It comes after the first known case of the virus was documented in the mountain’s base camp on April 15.
The situation has apparently deteriorated, with reports that more than 30 climbers have been forced to evacuate by helicopter.
A British climber who was flown to a hospital in Kathmandu, where he tested positive for Covid-19, has said social distance measures on the mountain were not properly enforced.
The Covid-19 outbreak at Mount Everest Base Camp has evacuated dozens of climbers from the base camp, it is said. The base camp is pictured above
British climber Steve Harris, pictured above, was flown to hospital in Kathmandu last week where he tested positive for Covid-19
Climber Steve Harris’ planned two-month expedition was cut short when he was diagnosed with high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), a potentially fatal form of high altitude illness, on April 20, at Base Camp and to Namche Bazaar village. was flown over. .
Speaking to MailOnline, the York mountaineer said: ‘I was initially diagnosed with HAPE at Everest Base Camp and flown to Namche Bazaar to recover.
‘I was not asked about or offered a Covid-19 test. After four days in Namche, I was taken by helicopter medivac to the hospital in Kathmandu where I was tested and confirmed positive for Covid-19 and pneumonia and spent a week in intensive care.
“I was released from hospital but still need to isolate in a hotel because I’m still positive for Covid.”
He added that prior to his evacuation, there had been “rumors” of Covid-19 in the camp, but nothing had been confirmed.
“Social distancing and masks weren’t really enforced,” he said.
The Covid-19 outbreak at Mount Everest Base Camp has evacuated dozens of climbers from the base camp, it is said. File image of Mount Everest’s Base Camp above
The incident meant that Harris, who works as a property developer, had to give up his plans to climb Mount Everest before climbing K2 in June.
He wrote in a blog post on April 29 from the hospital: “ As soon as the idea that I could go back up the mountain and try again comes to my mind, I reject him, the mountain will wait and my woman has been through enough for 2021 but one thing is for sure, one day, maybe next year, maybe the year after, I’ll get to the top of that mountain. ‘
Gina Marie Han-Lee, a New York climber, said she was evacuated from base camp last week after being diagnosed with altitude sickness before testing positive for Covid-19.
When she took to Facebook on April 29, she wrote, ‘I was in the hospital once [in Kathmandu] a covid test confirmed I was positive and had pneumonia. I spent four nights in the ICU. ‘
In this file, the photo taken on September 14, 2013, is to see Mount Everest from an airplane over Nepal
According to Polish climber Pawel Michalski, more than 30 people have already been evacuated from Mount Everest to Kathmandu.
Nepalese journalist Rojita Adhikari tweeted on April 30 that the Nepalese government “still denies” that a Covid-19 outbreak has occurred on Everest.
“The Nepalese government still denies that there is a COVID outbreak in Everest base camp, despite emerging evidence,” she said. wrote.
‘I tested positive shortly after returning from camp. Why is the government hiding the truth? Why do they endanger hundreds of climbers? For tourist money? ‘
Climbers were allowed to return to the mountain for the first time since the pandemic last month.
Mountain climbers and government officials stated that climbers will climb the peak under the Covid-19 restrictions.
The climbing season started in April on the world’s largest mountain after having to get close to climbers for a year due to the pandemic.
More than 300 climbers are expected to attempt to climb the mountain, which stands at 29,032 feet (8,848.86 meters), this season, compared to 381 climbers who attempted to climb the mountain during the same period in 2019.