Listen Now: Mount Everest Climber Deaths Lead To New Restrictions
Looking to climb Mount Everest? Your trek up the mountain is now a little harder.
Eleven people died this year on Mount Everest, many because of altitude sickness. Nepal has issued three hundred and eighty-one permits to climb to the summit, the highest number ever. Because of this, the mountain was more crowded than normal, people waited in lines to move to the top but most had no room to move. This forced them to endure low amounts of oxygen for longer than normal and in some cases that became fatal.
The government was highly criticized for allowing too many people on the mountain and for not stopping inexperienced climbers obviously having trouble. But now times are changing.
A report by the Nepal government lists new requirements for people looking to make the climb, including a history of scaling tall peaks, undergoing the proper training and holding certificates of good health along with insurance that would cover any rescue costs.
Each climber will also need a trained Nepali guide to make the journey. The fastest way to change is a little bad press.
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