- Title: Nepalese tourism board pushes for more safety on Mount Everest
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL (FILE - 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOUNT EVEREST AERIAL OF MOUNT EVEREST
- Embargoed: 29th August 2019 10:18
- Keywords: Nepal Mount Everest climbing mountaineers trekkers training Department of Tourism
- Location: KATHMANDU, MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL
- City: KATHMANDU, MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL
- Country: Nepal
- Topics: Climbing,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA002ASBUMH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Nepalese Department of Tourism said on Thursday (August 15) that it aims to create a safe and secure environment for mountaineers and trekkers climbing Mount Everest, following the deadliest climbing season in four years.
"If it is the system (that) we make, it creates the environment (of) safety and security of the mountaineers and the trekkers", director general of the Department of Tourism Dandu Raj Ghimire told Reuters.
Ghimire added that the department recommends the entire trekking and expedition system should come under their jurisdiction.
A Nepali panel, made up of government officials, climbing experts and agencies representing the climbing community, submitted a report to the government in which various proposals were made, including that Nepal must make training and experience in high altitude climbing mandatory for all climbers on Mount Everest and other high peaks.
Eleven climbers were killed or went missing on the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) mountain in May - nine on the Nepali side and two on the Tibetan side.
(Production: Yubaraj Sharma, Lion Schellerer)
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