Nepal Bars Solo Climbers From Mount Everest

Nepal has barred solo climbers on its mountains, including Mount Everest, in an attempt to promote safety and reduce accidents. The mountains in Nepal are unique, and it’s always better for climbers to go with guides.But some climbers try to summit the country’s mountains on their own. Maheshwor Neupane, the secretary of Nepal’s Ministry of Culture and Civil Aviation, said the new rules, which were introduced on 30 December 2017, require that all climbers, regardless of their experience level, be accompanied by guides.

Nepal, a Himalayan nation between India and China, has eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Alpinists from all over the world pay tens of thousands of dollars for climbing permits and Sherpa guides.

Climbers with physical disabilities will also be required to obtain health clearance from their doctors before the tourism ministry issues local climbing permits. This year, at least six climbers died during the Mount Everest climbing season, including Ueli Steck, a renowned climber known as the “Swiss Machine” for his speed in ascending imposing peaks; and Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, who died at base camp before attempting to reclaim his title as the oldest person to summit Mount Everest.

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