Everest shut down after Nepal suspends permits over virus

Sunrise Over Mount Everest

Sunrise Over Mount Everest

Nepal previously confirmed its first case of coronavirus infection, introducing strict measure against COVID-19, as the country shares a border with China, where the infection originated, and India, which has reported at least 75 positive cases of the virus.

Nepal's government announced Friday that it was suspending climbing permits for Mount Everest and all of the other peaks in the country due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus.

Ballinger said that while the Nepal has not yet made a similar decision, it may.

"The government has made a decision to suspend all spring expeditions and scrap permits for the time being", Bhattarai said.

Nepal's Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai said climbing expeditions on all mountains of the country have been stopped.

Nepal will not issue tourist visas till April 30 over coronavirus fears, said Narayan Prasad Bidari, the secretary of the Prime Minister's Office said, according to BBC.

The suspension of expeditions in Nepal will affect hundreds of foreign climbers now preparing for the spring season, a window or relatively good weather between the end of the bitterly cold winter and the rainy season, which begins in June.

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This time past year saw a record 885 people summit Everest including 644 adventurers from Nepal and 241 from the northern flank in Tibet. This will be the third time in the last decade that Everest's summit will remain empty.

Eighteen people were killed at the Everest base camp when an avalanche triggered by the quake roared down a slope.

Operators said that though climbers generally arrive in April so they can attempt to scale the peak in May, they were getting many cancellations. "It would have a devastating impact on our tourism and economy. But it is a responsible thing to do considering the risks", Lama said.

"I urge climbers to not panic because they can't climb this season, our mountains will always be with us", Sherpa said.

Zhang said: "We have been maintaining contact with overseas organisers of the mountaineering teams to get updated information".

"We work three months and earn to support our families, pay rent".

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