Nepal’s proposed changes to climbing permits for Mount Everest


(Reuters) – The Nepal government has proposed changes to its permit process for climbers on Mount Everest following the deaths of eleven climbers this year. The proposals, and associated criticisms, include:

– Climbers must submit proof of having scaled at least one 6,500m peak in Nepal. Critics argue limiting the provision to Nepal makes no sense.

– Climbers must produce a certificate of good health. Critics say it is easy to forge such certificates or find a compliant doctor.

– Guides must have three years of experience organizing high-altitude climbs. Critics say so many Sherpas can claim such experience that virtually all outfitters will qualify.

Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Jane Wardell

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