Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, September 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 50° Clear

Outdoors blog

Nepal may require Everest climbers to be qualified before getting permit

In this March 18, 2015 file photo, trekkers take an acclimatization hike to Nagarzhang peak above Dingboche valley on the way to Everest base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest.  (Tashi Sherpa / Associated Press)
In this March 18, 2015 file photo, trekkers take an acclimatization hike to Nagarzhang peak above Dingboche valley on the way to Everest base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. (Tashi Sherpa / Associated Press)

MOUNTAINEERING --  Nepal is considering placing age and fitness restrictions on people who want to attempt climbing Mount Everest.

Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country’s ministry of tourism, said today that the government is mulling barring very young and very old climbers, as well as people with disabilities.

The new rules could also require that climbers attempting to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain have experience on medium-size peaks.

Sapkota said that Everest should be a place of adventure, “not death.”

Everest climbing permits earn Nepal, an impoverished nation, millions of dollars a year, but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years.

Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest.



Outdoors blog

Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




Go to the full Outdoors page