Mount Everest bans solo climbers in new security rules

If you’ve dreamed about scaling Mount Everest solo, it’s time to count on some company because the Nepal government has banned international climbers from taking up the problem solo.

From now one, climbers will have to be accompanied by Nepali guides. Photo by Nick Pedersen/Getty Images

The new mountaineering rules shall be in place for the spring 2018 season and require all climbers to be accompanied by Nepali guides or climbers. As effectively as creating extra jobs for locals, it is going to assist guarantee the protection of climbers.

As the recognition of climbing the height will increase, so have accidents and fatalities. There have been seven fatalities on Mount Everest in 2017, two of which have been solo climbers.

“The mountaineering regulation has been amended to improve safety of the climbers and has delegated more power to the Department of Tourism to function independently,” mentioned Tourism Secretary Maheswor Neupane within the Kathmandu Post. “It has also ensured the rights of high-altitude Nepali guides and climbers.”

Mount Everest is changing into an more and more in style vacation spot. Photo by Vadim Petrakov/Shutterstock

Solo climbers should not the one folks affected by the brand new rules. The new guidelines additionally ban some climbers with bodily disabilities from scaling the mountain except they have a medical certificates. The new rules will have an effect on climbers who are blind or who have amputated a limb, regardless of the very fact they have a greater security file.

Former soldier Hari Budha Magar – who lost each his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan – has been coaching for the previous 18 months to scale the height of Mount Everest. He will travel shortly to Kathmandu to try to get hold of a licence to climb the mountain however has denounced the laws as discriminatory. In a Facebook publish, he mentioned “the Nepal government should encourage disabled people to come out of their comfort zone, explore themselves and reach their maximum potential, not banning them from doing things which discourages us.”

The authorities governing Mount Everest have made big strides in security in recent times as increasingly folks flock to the very best mountain on earth. Two base camps at the moment are free Wi-Fi zones to assist communication and there’s additionally an internet emergency medical service for trekkers.

Both the trek to Mount Everest base camp and any try at scaling the mountain stay an necessary income for Nepal, which remains to be recovering from a devastating earthquake in April 2015.

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