Double amputees, blind people can no longer climb Mt Everest
People who want to climb alone, those with vision loss and double amputees have been banned from climbing Mount Everest.
These new rules are from the Nepalese tourism ministry as it believes this will help reduce the number of deaths on the mountain.
The move has been criticised by the United States ambassador to Nepal and a former Gurkha soldier, who was planning to scale the peak after losing both legs in Afghanistan.
From now on, individual climbers will need to be accompanied by a mountain guide. Workers who accompany expeditions to the summit will also receive summit certificates.
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Another proposed move was to put an age limit of 76 years for climbers. Many local groups had demanded this after the death of an 85-year-old climber. This has not been implemented but there is a ban on climbers under 16 years.
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Many experienced climbers are concerned as the mountain is becoming dangerously overcrowded and many new companies have rushed in to meet the demand by lowering safety standards.
There are some strict government permits but enforcement is poor and the rules are often not followed.
Many climbers have criticised the new rules as unfair. They say that many people with asthma, diabetes, and cancer have successfully scaled the mountain with no problems. The ban was also criticised by the US ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B Teplitz, who tweeted: “Ability not perceived ‘disability’ must guide rules on who can trek Everest.