BOSTON, MA – Nearly one year after Nepal’s devastating earthquake and avalanche, climbers are expected to travel to the country in the coming weeks for renewed Everest attempts during the spring Himalayan climbing season. Global Rescue, the travel risk and crisis management firm providing integrated medical, security, evacuation, and travel intelligence services to individuals, organizations and governments, will have its Operations personnel in place ready to support the climbing community.
Following last year’s earthquake, Global Rescue responded to over 125 requests for assistance. The company actively coordinated air and ground resources to evacuate injured and stranded members, including groups of climbers from Everest’s Camp 1 and Camp 2. In the first 24 hours after the quake, Global Rescue personnel also helped triage more than 200 humanitarian cases.
“After tragedies in Nepal during the past two seasons, many climbers whose plans were interrupted are expected to return to the region,” said Dan Richards, CEO and founder of Global Rescue. “As in prior years, our personnel will be on the ground in Nepal and prepared to respond to any situation.”
Typically hundreds of climbers attempt to summit Everest during the spring season, with many others setting their sights on peaks in popular regions including Khumbu, Annapurna, Langtang and numerous others. Altitude sickness and weather can pose serious hazards for climbers.
Global Rescue’s personnel have been conducting rescue and evacuation missions in Nepal every season for more than a decade, regularly performing dozens of helicopter evacuations in the Himalaya each year. The company’s physicians and critical care paramedics are stationed in Nepal to assist climbers who are ill, injured or need to be evacuated.