Nepal May Ban Solo Everest Climbers
All climbers might need local guide
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2014 12:46 AM CDT
Aa climber pauses on the way to the summit of Mount Everest.   (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger)

(Newser) – Nepal, in a bid to boost local employment and prevent incidents like last year's nasty Sherpa-climber clash, is thinking about requiring climbers going up Everest or other peaks higher than 26,000 feet to bring local guides with them. "We want to ensure the safety of climbers and generate job opportunities for local guides to boost our economy," says an official at the country's tourism ministry, which hopes to persuade neighboring countries to establish similar rules, the New York Times reports.

Authorities say climbers—some of whom relish the challenge of conquering the world's highest peak alone—have been felled by high altitude sickness because of lack of proper knowledge, E Kantipur reports. The guides would also help with a new requirement that stipulates Everest climbers bring back at least 18 pounds of trash from a mountain now littered with more than 50 tons of waste. For the first time, this year's Everest climbing season will also feature a government security post at base camp to enforce the rules—and prevent more brawls.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 21, 2014 5:57 PM CDT
Last media video I saw of the trail from Nepal's south base camp showed about 500 people lined up to go up the trial. Is it really a challenge anymore? A paraplegic, 90 year old, dog, and child have made it recently. It will only get worse when they allow permanent ice bridges and stairs to be constructed.
Dave0
Apr 2, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
Well, without those Sherpas, none of them rich slobs would ever make it to the top anyway. Might as well do something useful, and clean up their own crap.
Bo Honk
Mar 28, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
I don't think any serious climbers give a crap about Everest anymore. It's mostly for posers just after the bragging rights.