What’s the experience of climber – what was the major bottleneck on Everest Expedition? Many climbers had point out the issue of waiting on queue for at least two and half hour on the way to Hillary Steps passing before reaching the south summit and actual summit of Mount Everest.
There was a people everywhere and entire Khumbu Valley no matter whether treks or expedition it is completely commercialized – Everything is being turned out or modify intended for western travellers. In general not only for Everest, even for other small peak western people can pay any amount in between $ 10,000 to $ 1,00,000 for entire organization of expedition. This is the main region why mountain are commercialized intending for more western travellers – Said Ayesha Jesse, keen 31 years climber from London who had recently explored Everest Base Camp on 2013 May.
Here is a remarkable photograph by alpinist from German named Ralf Dujmovits that shows the long queue of climber on the way up to Summit of Mount Everest on climbing season of 2012. Author of “The Last Hours on Everest” Graham Hoyland says - “It isn’t a wilderness experience – it’s a McDonald’s experience”.
Bottleneck of entire expedition during Mount Everest, i.e. Hillary Step, should be replaced by installing a ladder. It was suggestion from one expedition company operation expedition. However classicists refuse and protest the idea of installing the ladder on Hillary Step, as is directly reduce the significance of climbing. Main problems is only one person can climb or down at Hillary Steps.
Veteran Korean Climber – Song Young IL had blamed delays and long queue for summits for number of deaths. Climbing partner of Song Young named Song Wong Bin was among four of his team member who died after waiting four hours to reach the summit allowing 300 climbers to pass by. We had to wait for four hours just 200 hundred meter below the summit we were snow blinded and couldn’t see anything said Song Young IL.
Nowadays major issue is about idea of reducing number of climber per year on Everest with certain Limit so that expedition can be managed with ease reducing delay on the way to summit. However number of people refuse this idea and suggest instead of reducing number of climber Nepal Government should implement other idea to reduce jam and manage overcrowded Everest Expedition. Senior tourism official Mohan Krishna Sapkota said instead of decreasing the number of climber Nepal Government should looks for alternatives of opening other peaks for expedition is Nepal. According to Mohan Krishna Sapkota Nepal had around 1500-mountain peak however only 326 of them are open till this date for climbing. So Nepal Government should focus on opening more peaks and attract climber for new expedition instead of Mount Everest. No other mountain can be compared with Mount Everest, however Nepal can offer some new climbing experience and caters more climber for new unclimbed peak.
Focusing on Everest here is a chart published on BBC website that compare rise in number of Everest Expedition and other factors related to Everest Expedition. Think about experience of McDonald’s on Everest and think for some other off the beaten climbing peak and expedition in Nepal and that can be different wilderness experience.