Nepal bans solo climber from Mount Everest

KARISHMA SRIVASTAVA 30/12/2017 18:36:17


Kathmandu, Dec 30: Nepal has prohibited solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in an attempt to reduce accidents.
“The law had been revised to make mountaineering safer and to decrease deaths,” said tourism official.
“A record number of climbers have tried to climb Everest this year. But among the record-breaking attempts, there has been the familiar tally of casualties,” he added
The new safety regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from attempting to reach the summit of the world's highest peak.
World-renowned Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who was known as the "Swiss Machine", also died during a solo climb to a peak neighbouring Everest.
According to new rules and regulations, climbers will have to be accompanied by a guide to avoid causalities.
The authorities hope this new rule will create more job opportunities for Nepali mountain guides.
The government’s decision to ban double amputees and visually impaired climber has been criticised a lot. They think it’s a partiality for the disabled. 
Aspiring Everest climber Hari Budha Magar, who lost both his legs when he was deployed in Afghanistan, said the move was "discriminatory" and an "injustice".
More than 200 people have died on Everest since 1920.

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