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China Opens Mount Everest: Climbers Welcome After Three-Year Hiatus

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China is set to allow foreign climbers to ascend Mount Everest for the first time in nearly three years since the outbreak of COVID-19.


Mount Everest 

According to foreign media such as CNN, the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) announced that it will fully open the northern Tibet route of Everest this spring climbing season.

To climb, you need to obtain separate visas for China and the semi-autonomous region of Tibet. The China Tibet Mountaineering Association manages permission for the climbing route.

Some strict restrictions are noticeable. According to the announcement by the China Tibet Mountaineering Association, oxygen-free climbing and guide-free climbing are prohibited, and only about 300 foreigners are allowed to climb each year.



Mount Everest

To ascend Everest, climbers must choose one of the two main routes: the “China Northern Tibet route” or the “Nepal Southern Himalaya route.” If you ascend Everest through the China-Tibet route, you can travel to the base camp by car and yak. On the other hand, if you climb through the Nepal Himalayan route, you will have to walk for at least ten days to reach the base camp.

China closed the China side route of Everest in May 2021 to prevent the possible influx of the COVID-19 virus. With China fully opening the northern Tibet route this spring, climbing Everest is expected to become more accessible.

Daniel Kim
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