The cabinet late Thursday endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation’s mountain climbing rules, forbidding solo climbers from its mountains — one in every of a string of measures being flagged prior the 2018 spring mounting season.
“The changes have barred solo expeditions that were allowed before” Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told AFP.
The secretary said that the law was revised to make mountain climbing safer and reduce deaths.
Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck lost his life on Apr this year once he slipped and fell from a steep ridge during a solo acclimatization climb to Nuptse, a peak near Mount Everest.
The ban is probably going to anger elite solo mountaineers, who relish the challenge of climb alone, even eschewing bottled oxygen, and who blame a large inflow of business expeditions for making probably deadly bottlenecks on the world’s tallest peak.
The cabinet conjointly endorsed a ban on double amputee and blind climbers, though Mount Everest has drawn multitudes of mountaineers eager to overcome their disabilities and attain the formidable achievement.
Thousands of mountaineers flock to Nepal — home to eight of the world’s fourteen peaks over eight thousand meters — every spring and fall once clear weather provides sensible climb conditions.
Almost 450 climbers — a hundred ninety foreigners and two hundred fifty-nine Nepalese — reached the summit of Mt. Everest from the side in Nepal last year.
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