Nepal tightening rules for Everest expeditions
Government plans increase supervision to reduce risks, pollution on world's highest mountain
The Nepalese government is tightening the rules for adventurous individuals looking to climb Mount Everest.
The South Asian nation has announced new rules governing expeditions on the world's highest peak, as it becomes more popular for tourism.
Nepal, in responding to increased tourism that has increased dangers and pollution, will keep government agents onsite to supervise climbing teams, and monitor their safety and cleanup.
The once-lonely summit is now a tourist hot spot as dozens, sometimes hundreds, of people reach the top in a single day, including 234 people on a single day in 2012.
Climbers have complained of long lines to reach the top, exposing them to dangerous conditions on the frigid mountainside.
Toronto resident Shriya Shah-Klorfine died on Everest in 2012 after she spent six hours in frigid, oxygen-poor conditions waiting for other climbers to pass by on their way down.
The increased traffic has also had an ecological impact, as climbers leave mounds of trash on the mountainside. The cleanup group the Eco Everest Expedition estimates it has removed over 11 tonnes of garbage from the slopes since 2008.