Nepal to declare Everest off-limits to inexperienced climbers

September 29, 2015 09:53
Hundreds of climbers visit Nepal each year in the hope of reaching the 8,848-meter summit. Photo: Internet

Nepal plans to ban inexperienced climbers from climbing Mount Everest.

Permits to climb the world's highest peak will only be given to those who have already scaled mountains that are higher than 6,500 meters, The Guardian reported.

Disabled, old and very young people will also be banned, the newspaper said.

“We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die. If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide,” Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa was quoted as saying.

“The disabled or visually impaired people usually need someone to carry them, which is not an adventure. Only those who can go on their own will be given permission.”

He said the rules are likely to be implemented in time for the spring.

Every year, about 600 climbers visit Nepal in the hope of reaching the the 29,029 foot (8,848 meters) summit, creating a multimillion-pound industry and bringing problems of overcrowding, the report said.

Last year, the mountain was closed after 16 Sherpas died in an accident, and earlier this year, the climbing season was called off after a massive earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed 18 people.

According to BBC News, the youngest person to climb Everest was 13 and the oldest 80.

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