Everest opens to climbers after a one-year hiatus


Nepal authorities expect an influx of people wishing to climb the highest peak in the world, comparable to the indicators of 2019

Hundreds of climbers intend to return to Mount Everest in April for the first time in months, subject to strict conditions, officials said.

The world’s highest peak reopens after a year-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 300 foreigners are likely to try to climb the 8,849-meter mountain in the current climbing season, which begins in April, said Mira Acharya, a spokesman for Nepal’s tourism department.

This compares to 381 climbers who tried to climb the famous summit in the same period of 2019.

“And this is despite the requirement of a weekly quarantine and the presence of a certificate showing that the climber passed a virus test and received a negative result,” Acharya said.

Eight of the 14 tallest mountains in the world, including Everest, are located in whole or in part in Nepal. Hundreds of foreign climbers bring millions of dollars annually to this needy country.