Tuesday, April 01, 2014 – Nepal and Mount Everest have been in the news a lot lately. First, there was the so-called Sherpa attacks, and then news that Nepal’s government would require every climber returning from the summit of Mount Everest to bring back at least 18 pounds of garbage.

Now, “‘struggling to cope with a crush of climbers and garbage on Mount Everest, Nepal is also considering a proposal that would require every foreign climber to hire a local guide to ascend the country’s highest peaks.’

Officials from Nepal plan to present the proposal at a meeting of Himalayan nations, including Pakistan, India and China, which is scheduled to be held in Katmandu, Nepal’s capital, next month. Nepal hopes to persuade its counterparts to adopt similar policies, which would require the employment of local guides by climbers ascending any mountain higher than 8,000 meters, or about 26,250 feet.

‘We want to ensure the safety of climbers and generate job opportunities for local guides to boost our economy,’ said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, a joint secretary at Nepal’s tourism ministry. If adopted, the policy would go into effect for the 2015 climbing season, Mr. Burlakoti said.”

Source: The New York Times

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