Scaling the peaks of Nepal might be an ambitious new year’s resolution for some climbers . But the rules for doing that have changed this spring.
Government has banned solo climbers from scaling all of its mountains, including the most famous one – Mount Everest, at more than 29,000 feet. The highest mountain in the world will also be off limits to disabled and blind climbers, unless they have written permission from a doctor. That part of the ban has angered some disabled military veterans.
Although these new rules are meant to keep people safe and also to create jobs for local guides and Sherpas this has been widely condemned from different nooks of the world. . Most climbers already go in groups anyway. More than 200 people have died on Everest in the past century.
Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit in 1953, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.