Nepal Bans Solo Climbing To Avoid Accidents During Mountaineering

| January 3 , 2018 , 15:32 IST

We keep on hearing every now and then that so and so people met with an accident or died while climbing Mountain Everest. These accidents can now be reduced as Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains including Mount Everest, an official said on Saturday.

Thousands of mountaineers shift to Nepal each year with a dream of becoming a professional mountaineer and climb the tallest mountain in the world but very few succeed in achieving their goals. Keeping the security of these enthusiasts in mind while helping them in achieving their goals, Nepal's move is considerably well-thought.

The Cabinet on Thursday revisioned the Himalayan nation's mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains, one of a string of measures being flagged ahead of the 2018 spring climbing season.The decision came after many expert climbers lost their lives trying to achieve the feat.

Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck lost his life in April last year when he slipped and fell from a steep ridge during a solo acclimatisation climb to Nuptse, a peak neighbouring Everest.

"The changes have barred solo expeditions, which were allowed before," Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told AFP. Mr Nepune later added that this law has been revised to make mountain climbing safer and easier.

The cabinet also imposed a ban on double amputee and blind climbers, although Everest has drawn multitudes of mountaineers who want to overcome their incompetency and achieve the dreadful feat.

Almost 450 climbers- 190 foreigners and 259 Nepalis successfully reached the summit of Everest from the south side in Nepal last year.