Target: Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Head of Nepal’s Tourism Industry Division of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
Goal: Commend the establishment of stricter climbing rules for Mt. Everest
Although scaling Mount Everest is arguably the most deadly challenge globally, trekking up the world’s highest mountain has become increasingly popular in recent years. In 1963, only six people reached the top; in the spring of 2012, more than 500 people made it to the summit. Today, roughly 90 percent of climbers on Everest are guided clients, with many lacking the necessary climbing skills. In order to account for this trend and more, Nepalese officials say that for the first time in history, a government team will be stationed at the base camp.
This decision follows several troublesome incidents that occurred on the mountain, including a fight between sherpas (an ethnic group native to the region) and mountaineers. The government team will monitor and help expedition groups, coordinate rescues, and protect the environment. Garbage management will be a major focus of the team; many have complained about the amount of trash on the mountain. Also, the new regulations will restrict helicopter flights to nearby slopes in order to discourage dangerous snow fall.
In the past, each climbing team was required to have a government employee as a liaison officer during expeditions. Unfortunately, it was common for these officers to stay in Kathmandu (the capital city). Now, the new government team will also do the job of liaison officers; they will check climbing permits and verify whether groups reached the mountain’s summit. Furthermore, integrated government team members will be expected to go above base camp in case of emergencies and will potentially have the legal authority to deal with incidents between groups on the mountain.
According to Ang Tshering Sherpa, owner of Asian Trekking, the Nepalese government gained than $3 million in permit fees from climbers on 30 foreign expeditions on Mount Everest. The mountain is a significant source of revenue for the nation, and it is encouraging that this motive, along with safety and environmental interests, has pushed Nepal to strengthen its expedition procedures. By signing this petition, you are commending the establishment of stricter climbing rules for the world’s highest mountain.
Dear Mr. Bhattarai,
The challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Everest has attracted more and more thrill-seekers from around the world. Unfortunately, roughly 90 percent of climbers on Everest are guided clients, with many lacking the necessary climbing skills. In order to further protect expeditions on the mountain, your government will be positioning a team at the base camp for the first time in history.
Observers claim that it was difficult to regulate mountaineering activities from Kathmandu. By establishing the Integrated Service Centre, communication, safety, and environmental concerns can now be addressed by the government on the ground. A permanent government team at the Everest base camp will help to improve the climbing experience for future mountaineers.
Admittedly, it is virtually impossible to monitor what occurs at the summit. Yet, it is encouraging that you have pushed to strengthen your country’s climbing procedures. Furthermore, the positive safety and environmental impacts of these changes will help to maintain the revenues that your government receives from expeditions. I commend Nepal’s establishment of stricter climbing rules for the world’s highest mountain.
[Your Name Here]
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