Nepal shuts Mount Everest, other peaks due to coronavirus

Mt Everest

Mt EverestĀ (File Photo)

The government has shut down Mount Everest and other mountain peaks of the country for the spring season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

A high-level committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel took the decision on Thursday.

“This is to notify that climbing permits for the expedition that have already been issued or to be issued for the 2020 spring season, has been halted to the present, in accordance with the decision made on March 12 by the high-level committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Nepal,” reads a statement issued by Department of Tourism (DoT).

The decision means there will be no expedition to Mount Everest this season as China had already cancelled expeditions form the northern face.

The government has already said that it would stop issuing on-arrival tourist via from March until April 30.

Each mountaineer needs to pay US$ 11,000 permit fee to climb Mount Everest.

Notice issued by Department of Tourism.

The decision will affect hundreds of mountain guides and high altitude Sherpas who have been earning livelihood from mountaineering.
Nepal issued altogether 772 Everest permits — 382 climber permits and 390 support permits – in 2019. Of them, 292 climbers and 368 climbing supporters successfully reached the Everest summit.

The government mobilized Rs 495 million from expedition royalty in spring last year.

 

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