New Chinese restrictions for Everest

Posted by Lindsay Griffin on 14/06/2010
Everest from the air. Jacques Belge

On Thursday 10th of June, the Lhasa-based Chinese Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA), the official channel through which climbers must apply for permission to attempt peaks in Tibet, announced future age restrictions for all those attempting Everest from the north.

The information comes from climbing and trekking agencies in Kathmandu, which report Chinese authorities stating that permits to climb Everest will now only be issued to mountaineers between the ages of 18 and 60.

Unconfirmed at present is the inference that this restriction will also apply to other high peaks on the Himalayan divide.

The decision has been made in the aftermath of last month’s Everest ascent by 13-year-old Jordan Romero and seems to have been welcomed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

NMA president, Ang Tshering, who also runs one of the country's major agencies, Asian Trekking, noted that, ' once Nepal had no age restrictions, but this triggered much competition that was heavily criticized by renowned mountaineers'.

Nine years ago Nepali schoolboy Temba Tshiri became the youngest Everest summiteer at the age of 16 (and 17 days) but lost several toes and fingers to frostbite.

This put pressure on the Nepalese Government to ban young climbers, and in 2003 it set a minimum age of 16. However, there is currently no upper limit.

There do seem to be loopholes in the Chinese regulations. In exceptional circumstances the CTMA may issue a permit to a mountaineer outside the declared age range.

Applications will be considered from climbers outside this age span if they can provide a medical certificate showing they are fit enough to make the ascent, though it is believed that this is most likely aimed at climbers over 60.

Despite Pemba Dorje's recent announcement that he'll be attempting to train 11-year old Nepalese for a 2011 Everest ascent, it seems likely that, in the foreseeable future at least, Jordan Romero will hold on to the record of the youngest person to summit Everest.
 



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 5377 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

BMC summits Mount Everest with Scott Mackenzie
2
BMC summits Mount Everest with Scott Mackenzie

BMC member Scott Mackenzie recently journeyed to the top of the world, and was kind enough to take us along for the ride! His recent summit of Mount Everest took him past the infamous Hillary Step, which is reported to have changed as a result of the 2015 earthquake. We tracked Scott down to find out more.
Read more »

British-based climber completes two new routes in Baffin Island
0
British-based climber completes two new routes in Baffin Island

Scottish resident and big wall climber, Marek Raganowicz, has added two demanding aid routes to the overhanging Ship's Prow in Baffin Island.
Read more »

From the North West to the North Pole
0
From the North West to the North Pole

Misba Khan from Greater Manchester has been chosen to represent Great Britain on an expedition to ski to the North Pole. We met with Misba to find out more about the expedition and how she got involved.
Read more »

Post a Comment
Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

BMC summits Mount Everest with Scott Mackenzie
2

BMC member Scott Mackenzie recently journeyed to the top of the world, and was kind enough to take us along for the ride! His recent summit of Mount Everest took him past the infamous Hillary Step, which is reported to have changed as a result of the 2015 earthquake. We tracked Scott down to find out more.
Read more »

British-based climber completes two new routes in Baffin Island
0

Scottish resident and big wall climber, Marek Raganowicz, has added two demanding aid routes to the overhanging Ship's Prow in Baffin Island.
Read more »

From the North West to the North Pole
0

Misba Khan from Greater Manchester has been chosen to represent Great Britain on an expedition to ski to the North Pole. We met with Misba to find out more about the expedition and how she got involved.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £15.72.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »