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To Reduce Accidents on Mount Everest, Nepal Bans Solo Trekkers

The cabinet late on Thursday endorsed a revision to 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.

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Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a propose to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday.

The cabinet behind on Thursday endorsed a revision to 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 changes have barred solo expeditions, which were allowed before," Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told AFP.

Neupane said that the law was revised to make mountaineering safer and lessen deaths.

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

The ban is likely to anger elite solo mountaineers, who enjoy the challenge of climbing alone, even eschewing bottled oxygen, and who blame a huge influx of commercial expeditions representing creating potentially deadly bottlenecks on the world s tallest peak.

The cabinet also endorsed a ban on twofold amputee and blind climbers, although Everest has drawn multitudes of mountaineers wanting to overcome their disabilities and achieve the formidable feat.

"If the cabinet passes, this is #Discrimination against disable people, breaking #HumanRights," Magar said in a Facebook post following the decision was proposed early this month.

Thousands of mountaineers flock to Nepal — home to eight of the world s 14 peaks over Eight Thousand metres — each elasticity and autumn when clear weather provides good climbing conditions.

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