KATHMANDU, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- An expedition team including Qatari royal family member Sheikh Mohammed Abdulla M. A. Al Thani on Wednesday climbed Mt. Amadablam in the Mt. Qomolangma region, the Nepali government and the company organizing their expedition confirmed.
"According to the related liaison officer of the expedition team from the base camp of Mt. Amadablam, six foreign and seven Nepali mountain guides have successfully climbed Mt. Amadablam at 11 to 11.30am this morning," Meera Acharya, director at Nepal's Department of Tourism, which issues climbing permits, wrote on social media on Wednesday. "This is the first ascent for Mt. Amadablam this year."
Iswari Paudel, general manager at Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expedition, which organized their expedition, confirmed to Xinhua on Thursday morning that the team consisting of the Qatari Royal family member reached the top of 6,814m-high Mt. Amadablam on Wednesday. "They are returning to the base camp of the mountain," he said.
The mountain is among the busiest Himalayan Mountains in Nepal during the autumn season with hordes of climbers making attempts to climb it every year. It is the second assent of a Nepali Himalayan mountain by a Royal family member this year. Last month, an expedition team including Bahraini Prince Sheikh Mohamed Hamad Mohamed Al Khalifa scaled Mt. Manaslu in western Nepal.
The ascent of Mt. Manaslu was the first expedition to a Nepali mountain with a height of over 8,000 meters this autumn.
According to Poudel, his company is also organizing an expedition of another team on Mt. Amadablam. "They will reach the base camp of the mountain in two or three days," he said. According to the Department of Tourism, it has so far issued climbing permits to eight expedition teams to climb Mt. Barun Tse, Mt. Gyalzen, Mt. Himlung, Mt. Amadablam and Mt. Manaslu.
The Nepali government opened the country for foreign tourists to go for mountaineering and trekking on October 17. Enditem