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Nepal tightens controls of climbers after Everest brawl

Published on Feb 21, 2014 2:16 PM
 
Unidentified mountaineers walk past the Hillary Step while pushing for the summit of Mount Everest as they climb the south face from Nepal on May 19, 2009. Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world's highest peak is safe, officials said on Feb 21, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world's highest peak is safe, officials said on Friday, after a fight last April between three Europeans and a large group of Sherpas.

The climbers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland abandoned their ascent to the 8,850m summit in the peak climbing season after the brawl over rope fixing made international headlines and stirred safety concerns.

"We will open an office at the base camp with a team of government officials, including the army and police personnel.

This will make it easy to resolve any conflict," Tilakram Pandey, a Tourism Ministry official, told Reuters.

 
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