18 September 2020| Kathmandu
The Prince of Bahrain, HRH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, with his expedition team, is in Nepal for a mountaineering expedition. The team of 15 Bahraini nationals working in the Royal Guards Defence Force and three Britons have arrived in Kathmandu on 16th September 2020 via private aircraft from Isa Air Base.
Prince Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini Royal Family and commander of the Bahraini Royal Guards, will be leading the team to climb Mt. Lobuche (6119m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163m). The team is in quarantine in a hotel in Kathmandu for a week prior to the commencement of their expedition, following Nepal’s current quarantine provisions for foreign arrivals.
On the occasion, Nepal’s Ambassador to Bahrain H.E. Mr. Padam Sundas, expressed the belief that the mountaineering expedition team led by Bahrain’s member of the Royal family will add a new dimension to the friendly relations between Nepal and Bahrain. According to the embassy, the team that has arrived in Nepal with an itinerary of around two months aspires to climb Mt. Everest later, taking the expedition on Lobuche and Manaslu as preparation for the same.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 1 had granted permission for the Royal expedition. Meanwhile, the government is currently in the process of allowing foreign climbing and trekking expeditions from October 17 onward, provided they produce all the required medical documentation.
The mountains and trekking routes in Nepal, being naturally isolated in destination, clear the way for the mountaineering tourism to resume soon again with the necessary health and safety protocols in place. The Royal expedition at this juncture would be an inspiration to the mountaineers and nature lovers around the world who are seeking to rejuvenate themselves in Naturally Nepal!!