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Nepal bans solo climbers, blind people from scaling Mount Everest

Staff Writer |
Nepal has banned solo climbers, double amputees and blind people from scaling its mountains.

The Council of Ministers also voted to bar boys and girls younger than 16 years old from obtaining climbing permits.

Foreign climbers will have to be accompanied by a guide under new regulations of the Tourism Act. And leaders, mountain guides and high-altitude workers who accompany expeditions to the top of the climbing peaks will need summit certificates.

A tourism official said the laws were changed to make mountaineering safer after a record six climbers trying to scale Everest this year died. Min Bahadur Sherchan, an 85-year-old attempting to reclaim the title of world's oldest person to reach the summit died in May.

A proposal to limit the age to 76 was not implemented.

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