Khumbu Icefall Doctors

The” Icefall doctors” are back on the highest mountain !!!!

You may be wondering what doctors are doing on those high mountains before every climbing season begins and who actually are the Icefall doctors?

The icefall doctors are highly trained team of Sherpa whose responsibility is to maintain the route up the Everest.  Dubbed as the Crack team, the icefall doctors each year install mile long ropes and ladders over the crevasses, so that the commercial team of climbers can follow the ropes and ladder through the icefall safely on their way to the to the summit.

Khumbu Icefall

Khumbu Icefall

Reaching the top of the world without any hitch is every climber’s dream. Summiting the Everest does not come easy and haves many of its own obstacles to overcome. Among the number of obstacle the nastiest one is the Khumbu Icefall, striking fright and dread into the climbers. Given the name as the “Death zone” the khumbu ice fall is so unsteady, that the route often changes throughout the climbing season.  Since the instability, the route must be maintained and rebuilt each climbing season [almost each day]. There is where the icefall doctors are called.

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall

The Doctors taking ladders into the Khumbu Icefall © alanarnette.com

The doctor’s carries carry the aluminum ladders, ropes, pickets, rods and ice screws on their backs into the icy web and return almost every next day to maintain and reset the routes.

crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest

Crevasse on the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest © Telegraph UK

Earning almost $4500 each season, the icefall doctors enters the icefall each day to ensure the routes are in good condition due to the constant movement of ice. They risk their life only to make sure that the climbers have no problem passing the dangerous section and have an opportunity to reach the summit with no or less difficulties.

This brave and hardworking men, without them even the most skilled full and experienced climbers from around would not stand a chance of summiting the Everest each year.
  


Everest Ice Fall Doctors, part of Earth’s Natural Wonders


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