Every mountaineer wishes to climb on top of the Mount Everest, but it seems now that the idea of taking an alone journey for climbing the mountain is a long-gone reality.
Nepal has changed its mountaineering rules and regulations and has prohibited the foreign individual climbers from hiking up all the mountains in the country without any guide or companion.
People with double amputations and with vision impairment are also banned from the prospect of climbing the mountains—except for the ones who obtain some medical certificate. This rule was put in place to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to climbing.
It is not clear that when the ban would be put into effect, but one thing is certain that it would be applied for the spring climbing season of 2018.
Maheshwar Neupane—Tourism Secretary told the Kathmandu Post that the mountaineering regulations have been changed for improving the safety of the climbers and has provided more authority to the Department of Tourism to work independently.
The amendment has also safeguarded the rights of the high-altitude Nepali escorts, guides and the climbers.
The tourism department is hopeful that this ruling would be making more job opportunities for the Nepali mountain guides.
The new rulings have irked the Everest climbers including Hari Budha Magar—a Gurkha veteran—he lost both of his legs in an explosion while being posted in Afghanistan and has been training the people to climb up the most famous and tallest mountains of the world since the last eighteen or so months.
He posted on Facebook that the rule is a discriminating one and is against the human rights and disable people.
He further wrote that the Nepalese government should encourage the physically challenged individuals to explore tougher options that are out of their comfort zone instead of banning them from doing things.
Magar added that he still wishes to climb up the Everest which is as high as 29,035 feet.
An average of six hundred people travels each year to Nepal in the hope of scaling the mountain peak.
Climbing permits cost around $70,000 for a group of seven and is a major source of revenue for the country.
It’s believed that around three hundred people lost their lives due to climbing since the 1920s—mountain sickness, falls and avalanches are among the causes of these deaths.