Nepal: Initiative aims to ease congestion on Mount Everest

 
 
Climbers navigate the Hillary Step just below the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas.
Climbers navigate the Hillary Step just below the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas.
Adrian Ballinger / Alpenglow Expeditions

Nepal plans to minimize the congestion of climbers near the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest, which gets clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather. One of the initiatives includes the introduction of separate fixed ropes for climbers ascending and descending near the summit to help ease the traffic. A team of government officials will be posted at the base camp at 17,380 feet throughout the spring climbing season to monitor climbers and coordinate with expedition leaders. The move follows years of criticism that Nepal has done little to manage the growing number of Everest climbers despite making millions of dollars in fees.

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