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 September 16 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 quarantined in a hotel in Kathmandu for a week prior to the commencement of their expedition, following Nepal’s current quarantine provisions for foreign arrivals.
Nepal’s Ambassador to Bahrain Padam Sundas expressed 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. 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 onwards provided they produce all the required medical documentation.
The mountains and trekking routes in Nepal, being naturally isolated clear the way for the mountaineering tourism to resume with the necessary health and safety protocols in place.