New Regulations Could Limit the Number Of Climbers On Everest

New Regulations Could Limit the Number Of Climbers On Everest

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New Regulations Could Limit the Number Of Climbers On Everest

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Mainstream media picked up on the traffic jam that occurred when hundreds of climbers were trying to summit Everest back in May (see picture below). Now, Adventure-Journal is reporting that Nepal is making significant changes to the permit process for climbing Everest.

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This past season 11 people died on the world’s tallest mountain. It’s believed that lax climbing regulations, and Everest’s increase in popularity; has led to inexperienced climbers attempting the summit. Previously, Nepal only required a passport and a health certificate to obtain a climbing permit for Everest. Climbers will now have to prove they have climbed another mountain in Nepal with a summit greater than 21,325 ft.

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Nepal is also raising the minimum price for expedition companies. You will have to shell out $35,000 to hire an expedition company. This is meant to limit the amount of poorly operated expedition companies that could lead climbers to danger.

Senior tourism official Ghanshyam Upadhyaya said:

“The government will now make the required changes in laws and regulations guiding mountain climbing.”

These regulations are definitely a good thing. However, it is a shame it took so many deaths for Nepal to get their act together. It’s crazy to think that summiting Everest used to be a big deal. Hopefully these regulations turn away the people just “doin’ it for the ‘gram”.

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