He is full of praise for Nepal’s high altitude guides, and is a strong advocate for them to be treated right and paid well.
“Without Sherpas or high-altitude workers, no expedition above 8,000m is successful in the Himalaya,” he said. “Their support during my expeditions has been a blessing. I have faith in them and their hard work.”
Nepal’s mountaineering community, families of guides and tourism suffered heavily in the last two years during the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their livelihoods. Furtenbach’s company also took a hit.
But with things returning to normal, the Austrian is excited to see climbing restarting. He is already planning expeditions in September on Ama Dablam, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.
Added Furtenbach: “At the end of the day, understanding Nepal and its tourists are what will keep entrepreneurs like us afloat.”
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