Chinese Climbers All Stranded in Kathmandu

COVID-19 Everest
Tsang Yin-Hung: thumbs up for Everest, thumbs down for the long wait to get home.

Thirty Chinese climbers, including a woman who set a speed record up Everest last month, have still not managed to get home from Kathmandu. Because of Nepal’s COVID crisis, with daily infection rates still soaring at 24 percent, Beijing has not sent any planes to repatriate its citizens.

Although regular passenger planes are not flying, Nepal has allowed two charters per week from China. So far, none have come.

Getting home is harder than climbing Everest, says Tsang Yin-Hung of Hong Kong. Tsang, 44 summited the mountain in 25 hours 50 minutes from Base Camp, a new women’s mark.

“The summit climb for me was possible,” she said. “But going back home [is] hopeless…There are no flights to any place in China or Hong Kong.”

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks estimates that 30 Chinese climbers remain in Kathmandu.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
3 months ago

how about driving to Lhasa and flying from there or taking a train?

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Go home
Go home
3 months ago

If she drives to Lhasa, she’s pretty much back home. Didn’t her country invade Tibet and claim it as their own?

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Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
3 months ago
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Yes it was the great leap forward or sideways or some sort of leap…

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Steve
Steve
3 months ago

She should have descended the Chinese North Ridge and would have been home. What would they do send her back up?

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Navyo Eller
Navyo Eller
3 months ago

Sorry the infection rates are not soaring at 25%

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Himal GHALE
2 months ago

great success to achieve Mt Everest summit, Congratulations to entire teams.

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