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Sunday 31 August 2014

Nepal to ease Mount Everest traffic

Published 24/03/2014 | 06:42

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Climbers navigate the Hillary Step just below the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas (AP/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger)

Nepal plans to minimise the congestion of climbers near the 29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest, which is clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather.

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Tourism ministry official Mohan Krishna Sapkota said today that the government is working with expedition operators to ease the traffic jam near the summit.

He says separate ropes will be fixed for climbers ascending and descending near the summit this year to help the flow of climbers.

And government officials posted at the base camp would strictly monitor climbers throughout the spring climbing season, which runs from March to May.

The move follows years of criticism that Nepal has done little to manage the growing number of Everest climbers despite making millions of dollars in fees.

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