Everest climbers will be required to carry electronic chips in Nepal
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Everest climbers will be required to carry electronic chips in Nepal

Nepal is ready to introduce mandatory safety measures for all climbers embarking on the difficult journey to Everest, the highest peak in the world. Starting this spring, all climbers will be required to carry an electronic chip. The rule is aimed at strengthening emergency rescue operations while climbing or descending the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) mountain.

As such, the government is in the process of drafting a regulation that will require the use of such a chip. Reports add that the initiative is expected to come into force from the upcoming spring season, which will coincide with the start of the Everest climbing season. This period marks the beginning of a limited period of time suitable for climbing to exceptionally high altitudes.

With the opening of the narrow climbing window that occurs during the spring season, thousands of climbers from all over the world, including India and Nepal are drawn to Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali. While many manage to successfully reach the top, there have also been reports of unfortunate incidents involving deaths and serious injuries over the years. According to the Nepalese government, approximately 300 people have died on Everest since 1953.

Further reports add that in the 2023 spring season alone, up to May 22, 12 climbers have died during Everest expeditions , including four Nepalese, one Indian and one Chinese. Difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions, including snowstorms and avalanches, force search and rescue operations to be carried out from Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 18,000 feet.

To address security concerns, the Nepal government plans to provide electronic chips to all climbers at a nominal cost, which is currently estimated to range from 10 to 15 US dollars. Rakesh Gurung, Director of the Department of Tourism, emphasized that installing these chips in the jackets of mountaineers will not only improve the safety of expeditions but will also improve the efficiency of rescue operations.

Reports add that some reputable mountaineering agencies have already taken this safety measure by providing their climbers with electronic chips before the rule officially comes into force.

Source: timesofindia

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