Can I reach Mount Everest without money

Nepal wants more money for climbing Mount Everest

Nepal wants to drastically tighten its safety guidelines for Mount Everest mountaineers and increase the fees for an ascent to the equivalent of 31,000 euros. It is hoped that this will reduce the annual death toll on the world's highest mountain.

Kathmandu - If you want to climb Mount Everest, you must soon have conquered at least a 6500 meter summit. After eleven climbers had died while climbing the 8,848-meter-high mountain in May within a few days, the Ministry of Tourism in Nepal wants to implement such safety measures soon, said an employee of the authority on Thursday.

A committee had examined the deaths in a 59-page report and presented more than a dozen measures.

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31,000 euros for an ascent of Everest

Anyone who wants to climb Mount Everest needs a permit from the tourism authority. Experts had criticized that Nepal had given too many of them so far and that too many inexperienced mountaineers had dared to climb. Last May, 381 people climbed the mountain on the border between Nepal and China, including three Germans. 280 made it to the top.

Previously, climbers had to pay 11,000 US dollars (9,900 euros) for a permit. The committee is now proposing to increase this fee to $ 35,000. In her opinion, a maximum of 150 people per day should be allowed to climb the mountain in the future.

Since the first ascent in 1953, more than 5000 men and women have climbed Everest. More than 300 were killed.

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200 bodies are buried under the snow

It is estimated that around 200 bodies are buried under the snow in the region. According to the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, the causes of death are mostly altitude sickness or falls. Rescuing and returning the body from high altitudes is often associated with too much effort.

Hundreds of mountaineers try every year during the season between April and May to climb the world's highest mountain Mount Everest (8,848 meters) or other peaks in the Himalayas. More than 400 people have already died in the attempt.

On Thursday (March 21), a 64-year-old Japanese man was found dead at the foot of an 800-meter cliff in the Annapurna region. According to the local police, his body was recovered.

The dead on top of the world

In terms of the number of victims, Mount Everest is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. From 1925 to the end of 2018, almost 300 people died on its steep slopes.

More than 100 climbers died because they did not take any or too little oxygen with them. Other causes of death were falls, avalanches and excessive physical strain. Most of the dead are still buried in permafrost.

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Accidents on Mount Everest

2014 - Avalanche accident on the south side: One of the most serious accidents to date occurred on April 18, 2014 when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas just a few hundred meters from the base camp on the Nepalese south side.

A year later, on April 25, 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 triggered an avalanche that killed at least 18 climbers at the base camp.

1996 - Everest disaster: On May 10th and 11th, 1996, more than 30 mountaineers tried to reach the summit on guided tours when they were surprised by a change in the weather. Five climbers on the south side and three on the north side were killed.

The American journalist Jon Krakauer, who was himself a member of one of the expeditions, wrote the book “To icy heights. The Drama on Mount Everest ”(1997).

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