Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

Mount Everest will experience its busiest year ever as the climbers already crowded at the foot of the mountain


IllustrationIllustration - The 'Tent City' at the foot of Mount Everest is crowded by mountain climbers who are preparing to climb in the busiest climbing season of the year. These conditions trigger fears of density that will occur at the highest peak in the world. Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first conquer in 1953, more than 4,000 climbers have reached the peak of Everest, according to official data belonging to the Himalayan Database.

In recent years, the number of climbers has increased, which has led to intense competition between groups of climbing service providers. But the increasing number of climber means increasing the risk of greater safety, one of which is congestion due to large groups climbing the mountain ridge so that small groups are forced to wait in the cold wind and thin oxygen.

A photo showing a large congestion below the peak in 2012 made many criticisms of Nepal's crowd management. Not a few have asked the local government to reduce the number of climbing permits issued. Nepal currently gives permission to all who register and is willing to pay USD 20,000 per person to climb the peak with the height of 8,848-meter.

This year they issued 378 climbing permits, according to data quoted from the Ministry of Tourism. This number increased from last year, which is only 373 permits. Most of the prospective Everest climbers will need Nepalese guide assistance to reach the top, meaning that around 750 climbers will go along the same road to the summit in the coming weeks.

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