Alpine association answers tighter limiteds required after Min Bahadur Sherchan croaked as he prepared to ascend mountain
Nepals biggest alpine association will push the countrys government to implement an age restraint on who are in a position ascent the worlds tallest mountain after the deaths among an 85 -year-old at Everest base camp at the weekend, the second fatality in the past week.
The body of Min Bahadur Sherchan, at one time the oldest serviceman to contact the summit of Mount Everest, was airlifted from basi clique on Saturday afternoon after a suspected heart attack.
He had been preparing to ascend to the 29,029 ft (8, 848 -metre) summit to reclaim his preserve, broken in 2013 by the Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, then aged 80.
While paying tribute to the famous mountaineer, Nepals peak alpine team said on Monday his death highlighted the need for tighter to limit who could ascent the mountain.
Its been a decade since we have been advocating for the age restraint, 16 years to 76 years, announced Ang Tshering Sherpa, the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
It has to come into effect as soon as possible to shun disasters like the deaths among Min Bahadur Sherchan. We have been pushing for[ it] and we will bring it to the governments notice once again.
The Nepal government announced two years ago it was considering introducing regulations, including a ban on novice climbers and anyone aged above 75. A banning on anyone under 16 clambering is already in place.
The tighter rulers which include involving climbers to have ascended a peak at the least 21,000 ft high in the past have yet to be implemented and attracted pervasive criticism, including from local communities who depend on income from overseas climbers.
Sherpa said some human rights groups and foreign delegations were sceptical whether earlier proposed limiteds, including on incapacitated climbers, would stanch the death toll on the mountain.