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Nepal Bans Solo Climbers on Everest

Nepalese authorities have banned solo climbers from attempting its mountains, in addition to prohibiting ascents by double amputee and blind climbers.

Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, 229 kb
Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse
G. Robertson, Nov 2017
© Garry Robertson

According to a report on BBC News, the changes have been introduced as a means of reducing the death toll on Everest - which stands at six fatalities so far this season - as well as on its surrounding peaks. Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier, was trying to reclaim the record for the oldest ascent of Everest when he died aged 85 at base camp in April this year. One week later, Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck died on Nuptse during a solo ascent of the peak in preparation for climbing Everest.

From now on, foreign mountaineers must climb accompanied by a guide, which the Nepali authorities hope will assist in creating more jobs for local guides.

The decision to ban double amputee and visually impaired climbers has attracted criticism, notably from Hari Budha Magar, a two leg amputee and former British Gurkha who aspires to summit Everest this season. Commenting in a Facebook post, he described the new law as 'discriminatory' and an 'injustice'.


Forums (31 comments)

I don't have the exact numbers at hand, but I'd guess Everest climbing brings in more cash to the government than non-Everest climbing - but trekking would far outweigh both of them in terms of overall financial benefit...
Tibet and Sikkim are far (far) more expensive and restricted than Nepal. Bhutan totally prohibits any mountaineering, since the early 90s. Pakistan is far more difficult to climb in, with fewer easy peaks with access...
Well no, which is why I suspect the rules have been applied to the more accessible (and possibly less exploited) 'lower' peaks. We get obsessed by Everest but, other than being a shop window, is likely less lucrative...
Problem though is that the commercial value of climbing in greater ranges, and general bureaucracy, doesn't always mean a better income and life for people at the end of the chain. Have Everest peak fees done much for...
Do you really think this is the motivation for one of the world's poorest countries outside Africa ? More likely it seems to me that they have cottoned onto the commercial value of their mountains a bit more and want to...
Exactly. UKC has been bad for this, letting some things through (not all) then turning around and complaining about the things they let through. I've been banging on about the consequences of commercial guiding for...

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