Nepalese authorities plan to establish new age limits for rise on Everest. On Monday, may 8, said the head of the Department of tourism of the country Dinesh Bhattarai, reports TASS.
Innovations will be aimed at reducing mortality climbers. “After the recent tragic death of the famous Nepalese climber, Mina Bahadur Sherkhan tried at the age of 86 years to become the oldest conqueror of the highest peak of the Earth, the government is seriously considering the upper age limit,” said Bhattarai. The restriction will apply to peaks of eight thousand meters.
He also recalled that the lower age limit starts at 16. “Now, in connection with the recent trend of fascination with mountaineering and records of persons of advanced years, we will have to set a limit on the barrier for their own safety”, — said the head of the Department of tourism. This initiative, he explained the harsh conditions of Himalayas, in particular, low oxygen levels.
According to the Agency, this decision was supported by athletes themselves. The President of the mountaineering Association of Nepal Ang Tsering Sherpa expressed the opinion that the government should ban climbing people over 76 years.
A day earlier it was reported that the oldest climber in the world Min Bahadur Sherkhan (Min Bahadur Sherchan) from Nepal, had previously visited the peak, died on may 6 in the base camp while trying once again to climb Everest and become the oldest conqueror of mount.
In Nepal are eight of the 14 eight-thousanders of the world. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna, beyond the boundaries of the country, and Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu cross the border with China Kangchenjunga — India.