China has decided to cancel the spring 2021 climbing season on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, due to coronavirus concerns, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
He cited an opinion from the General Sports Administration on Friday, following a serious pandemic situation.
The Himalayan nation of Nepal, which is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers to bring back their vacuums, issued a record 408 permits to climb Everest during the April-May season after the closure of the last year.
In contrast, a total of 21 Chinese climbers have obtained approval for the climbs in the spring, Xinhua added.
Last Sunday, state media said China would establish a “dividing line” at the top of Everest to prevent the mix of climbers from Nepal and those climbing on the Tibetan side as a precaution.
Everest has been climbed by over 6,000 climbers since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. At least 311 people have died on the slopes of the mountain, which rises to 8,849 meters (29,032 feet) .
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