Published on : Thursday, March 12, 2020
China recently announced its decision to shut down Mount Everest tour by cancelling permission for visitors planning to visit the highest peak of the world. China will now refrain from providing permit to climbers who desired to trek Mount Everest this season. The action has been undertaken in light of the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated from the country itself.
The decision arrived right before the arrival of the spring season that attracts numerous mountaineers from all across the globe. Many climbers flock around the mountain range from late April to May as the pleasant weather and clear skies provide great opportunities for an ideal summit atop the mountain.
The ban has only been levied on the China-controlled Tibet side of Mount Everest. The permit to visit the mountain is usually provided by the official China Tiber Mountaineering Association. However, an official confirmation of the restriction from the Chinese government is yet to arrive.
Meanwhile, the Nepal side of Mount Everest continues to remain open as of now. Though climbers or mountaineers have been asked to submit two weeks of travel history and medical reports before commencing their journey. Nepal has already suspended visa on arrival from 8 major virus affected countries. Visitors have to now apply beforehand and submit a health certificate before entering the country. Nepal has only reported one confirmed case of coronavirus so far.
According to the local tourism office of Tibet, areas that attract tourists have been shut down since January. On Wednesday, Adrian Ballinger, Chief Executive Officer, Alpenglow Expeditions took to social media to express his agreement with China’s decision. He mentioned that the decision is responsible for China’s part as mountain climbing have the chance of opening transmission risk in base camps and way of return.