Mount Everest climbers are experiencing a line at the “death zone.”
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal government committee formed after a bad mountaineering season on Mount Everest has recommended requiring climbers to have scaled tall peaks, undergone proper training, and possess certificates of good health and insurance that would cover rescue costs if required.
A report by the committee released Wednesday says people must have successfully climbed a peak higher than 6,500 meters (21,320 feet) before they can apply for a permit to scale Mount Everest. Each climber would also be required to have a highly experienced guide.
What’s causing Mount Everest’s deadly season? Overcrowding, inexperience and a long line to the top
The government was criticized for allowing too many climbers on the world’s highest peak.
Mountaineering authorities were also criticized for not stopping inexperienced climbers who had difficulty coping with harsh conditions on Everest and slowed down other climbers on the trail to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.
The government is expected to amend its mountaineering regulations following the recommendations.
The March-May climbing season is when weather conditions are best for climbing the Himalayan mountain.
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