If you were hoping to bag a solo speed record up Mount Everest in 2018 from Nepal, you’ll have to change your plans.
BBC News has reported that Nepalese authorities have banned solo climbers from attempting any mountain in Nepal.
They are also prohibiting double amputee and blind climbers from heading up its mountains.
The changes have been introduced to hopefully reduce death toll numbers on Mount Everest.
In the spring, Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier and Nepalese climber, died at 85 years at base camp during a solo attempt.
A few days later, Ueli Steck died on Nuptse during a solo ascent in preparation of a Mount Everest speed solo.
All foreign climbers must now have a guide when attempting peaks around Mount Everest.
“This new rule is absolute nonsense,” saidHari Budha Magar, 38, a veteran who lost both his legs in combat in Afghanistan and said he wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of summiting Mount Everest in 2018.
“If I need to go to court, I will,” he said.
He posted the following note on his Facebook page:
I have given six interviews tonight, It’s 1:30 a.m. in Jomsom, Nepal and this is what I said to the media.
The rules of banning disable people to climb mountains is unfair. This rule is discrimination against disable people and against the human rights.
The Nepal government should encourage disable people to come out of their comfort zone, explore themselves and reach their maximum potential But not banning them from doing things which discourages us. We disable people are also humans. We may just look different and do the things differently but we have human heart and mind.
I hold World Record on First Double Amputee Above Knee to climb over 6000m which was Mera Peak 6476m. Has anybody believed that? No, the most of you didn’t believe me that I could climb but I did it. Now, a lots of you believe me that I can climb the Mt Everest. I have been training to climb Mt Everest since 18 months. I trained in Gosainkunda in Nepal, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mont Blanc in France, Mera Peak and currently I am training on Thorung La Pass in Muktinath area in Nepal.
I also hold the world record of one of the first amputee to kayak around Isle of Wight and first disable person to ski in Nepal. I am here to make Nepal and Nepali proud and make good publicity of Nepal around the world. It’s same that Nepal is banning me for doing such a good things for Nepal. I know I can give so much to Nepal.
These all things I am doing, this is not just for me and disable people, it’s for people who want to achieve their dreams. Life is all about adaptation whether physical, mental, different situation or time. If you can adapt your life, you can achieve your dream. Nothing is impossible.
Why I want to climb Mount Everest?
1. Inspire and encourage the people around the world never give up and follow their dreams, Nothing is Impossible.
2. Help disable people in Nepal and around the world by inspiring, motivating, encouraging and empowering.
3. Helping my fellow veterans and their families who sacrificed for our freedom.
My expedition is not just me climbing, It’s also about;
4. Finding better safety and rescue system on the mountain which I have already sponsored from Sweden.
5. Helping science and technology to research, develop and invent future prosthetic legs.
6. Giving companies to showcase their products on the top of the world.
I am confident that I will be climbing but I need your help and support to inspire others.
More than 200 people have died on Everest since 1920, with the vast majority taking place since 1980. more than 20 per cent are killed by exposure or acute mountain sickness.
According to the Himalaya Database in 2015, by far the highest number of people who died did so because of avalanches (29 [er cent), with falls being the next largest cause of death (23 per cent).