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Restrict Inexperienced Climber on Everest: Study Committee

Restrict Inexperienced Climber on Everest: Study Committee
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Restrict Inexperienced Climber on Everest: Study Committee
Everest climbers this spring season. Photo courtesy: Tshering Jongbu Sherpa.

Kathmandu – A month ago, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had constituted a high-level committee to review the rules and policies on mountaineering and Everest Issue. Committee has advised the government to restrict inexperienced climbers from taking on Mt. Everest.

Ghanshyam Upadhyaya Joint-secretary of Tourism Ministry led committee has submitted a 59-page report to Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai on Wednesday.
Although there were no major natural disasters this year’s Everest climbing season witnessing the death of eleven climbers. In international media circulated the wrong message that some of the deaths were happened due to overcrowding, or traffic jam, on the summit approaches. In this scenario, the government has formulated the study committee has given suggestions. And the committee has suggested expedition companies to enforce the mountaineering rules strictly.

Due to the death of so many climbers, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation was widely criticized. Climbing expedition liaison officers arranged from the department of tourism prepared their report without even having reached the base camp. The committee has suggested the government conduct meticulous background study, health status, and other requirements before issuing permits for Everest.

The committee has addressed these suggestions are the government regulate the mountaineering equipment and ensure additional emergency logistics such as supplement oxygen bottles and masks in case of the emergency. In the case of foreign climbers, the authorities ensure full becoming accustomed before they are allowed to head for the final push to the summit, and also ensure that liaison officers are actually at base camp during climbing seasons.

According to the investigation report of the investigation committee formulated by the Department of Tourism, only 22 out of the total number of 37 liaison officers for Everest expeditions had reached base camp at all. Ministry couldn’t satisfy with DoT report then the ministry has formed the investigation committee to review all mountaineering-related rules and policies and come up with practical suggestions to make Everest safer.

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