Mount Everest

Inexperienced climbers to be banned from climbing Mount Everest

  • Officials want to stop disabled, elderly and very young climbers attempting to scale Everest
  • Safety was brought into sharp focus last April when an avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides
  • Tourism minister wants to implement new rules before spring, the mountain's busiest period

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