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Climbers face new rules

Nepal's government is going to introduce new rules for climbers who want to conquer Everest and others and mountains in their territory

"Climbers who want to make the descent to Mount Everest must first prove that they are experienced climbers" - recommended the commission under the government of Nepal.
Those who have already climbed a mark of at least 6500 m (21 325 feet) will be allowed to climb. The applicant must also provide a certificate of physical fitness and hire experienced guides, he adds.
Earlier this year, at least 11 people died or went missing on Mount Everest.


Nine deaths occurred on the Nepalese side of Everest and two on the Tibetan side, and the cause of the death of four climbers was an overload of equipment.
The group’s report also suggests a fee of at least $ 35,000 (£ 29,000) for those who wish to climb Mount Everest, and $ 20,000 for other mountains above 8,000 m.
“We will promote this initiative by amending laws and regulations. We will make our mountains safe, ”tourism minister Yogesh Bhattari told reporters.
Nepal is home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, and foreign climbers are the main source of income.


The Nepalese commission consisted of government officials and climbing experts.
It was created after criticism from experienced climbers and guides. The Nepal government has issued a record 381 permits to climbers this season, including the vast majority of inexperienced mountain tourists at risk.

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