659 climbed Mount Everest this spring

2019-06-14, Kathmandu

659 people including sherpa guides successfully climbed the world’s highest peak, Mt.Everest. According to the Department of Tourism, total number of 659 people including 281 climbers and 378 helpers, climbed the Everest. According to the Tourism Act-2035 B.S. and Mountaineering Rules-2059 B.S., Mt. Everest have been allowed for climbing. This year the number of permission granted for climbers were 381, 346 in 2018 and 366 in 2017.

Department of Tourism further added that, 44 teams comprising 1,023 members which included climbers, sardars and guides, took the expedition permit for Everest this time. Similarly, eight people had died and one has been missing in course of Everest climbing this spring.

The Department has been criticising the media report which stated that a traffic jam and high number of route permits caused the fatalities in Everest, it could be said the deaths were due to high-altitude sickness, adverse weather conditions, sudden loss of consciousness and physical weakness.

The inspection committee was formed on June 7 under the Chief of Human Resource Management and Tourism Promotion Division, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to study about the missing and deaths of climbers and to give recommendations for policy-level, legal, structural and other reforms in the mountaineering sector.

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