2018 marks the 65th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest. As climbers intent on achieving their own Everest summits are heading to the Himalaya in Nepal, Global Rescue is deploying its highly trained personnel to Nepal for the spring climbing season to conduct rescue and evacuation missions for climbers in distress. Global Rescue is the pioneering provider of worldwide field rescue, medical advisory and evacuation services.
2017 was Global Rescue’s busiest year on record for evacuations since the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Last year, Global Rescue performed more than 100 rescue and evacuation missions in the Himalaya, including dozens on Everest.
Potential threats to climbers are numerous: altitude sickness, falls, avalanches, dehydration, frostbite, snow blindness and trauma, among others. When climbers become ill or injured, Global Rescue critical care paramedics and physicians perform evacuations, assist members during their recovery in Kathmandu, and help arrange appropriate transport to the member’s home hospital anywhere in the world.
Global Rescue has conducted rescue and evacuation missions in Nepal for more than a decade, and performs dozens of helicopter evacuations in the Himalaya each climbing season. The company maintains close relationships with the major leading helicopter companies in Nepal.
Typically, hundreds of climbers attempt to summit Everest each spring. The 2017 Everest season saw nearly 650 summits and six confirmed deaths. A busy 2018 season is anticipated, in part because Nepal’s Department of Tourism will continue to honor the climbing permits from the 2014 and 2015 aborted climbing seasons.
While Everest is popular, climbers also flock to other mountains, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Mera, Makalu and Dhaulagiri.
“Global Rescue personnel are ready on the ground in Nepal to support our members with life-saving rescue and evacuation services,” said Dan Richards, CEO and founder of Global Rescue. “We save lives, and we’ve been there for climbers pursuing their dreams for nearly 15 years.”
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