Nepal tightens controls of climbers after Everest brawl

An official on Friday announced that Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the World’s highest is safe, after a fight erupted last April between three European climbers and a large group of Sherpas.
The Everest brawl started over the rope fixing on the slope when the mountaineers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland dumped their ascent at the height of 8, 850 meter summit, which made international headline and whisked the safety concerns as well. Though the conflict was resolved but for the future safety concern the Tourism Ministry official said with the team of government officials including the army and the police an office will open at the base camp. The new office will also able to help climbers in distress, clean the mountain and enforce climbing rules.
Last year, Nepal protested when a British climber spoke to the BBC in a controversial video call from the summit which he had no permission to use his smart phone on the peak, which was against the law.
Recently Nepal government slashes the fee structure for climbers from $25,000 to $11,000 per person. For a group of seven people it will cost $70,000. The new fees structured are introduced to prevent climbers from forming huge groups.

Since the historic ascent in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa the Mount Everest has been climbed by more than 4,000 people.

Info: Sajhilo Nepali Magazine

Zeal Sharma

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