Adventure Tourism

More forecasts, doctors for Everest climbers

KATHMANDU

Nepal will station doctors on Mount Everest and upgrade weather forecasting systems on popular trekking and climbing routes after a snowstorm and avalanches killed dozens last year, officials said Monday.

The measures come a week after officials announced plans to change the traditional route taken by climbers to ascend Mount Everest, following an avalanche that killed 16 guides last April in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest peak.

“We have held meetings with the tourism ministry and the meteorology department to develop an early weather forecasting system for popular trekking and climbing regions,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

“We expect to see improved, accurate forecasts by the spring season and I believe it will make mountaineering safer,” Sherpa told AFP.

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