Mount Everest closed over coronavirus fears

“HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT”

The decision of the Nepalese government to close the country due to the coronavirus epidemic is not criticized in the Himalayas. “Although the hiking business has failed, health is more important,” said Sarita Lama, Secretary General of the Nepal Association of Walking Agencies (TAAN).

Sherpa Mingma Gyalje added: “At the moment, our only option is to guarantee security, develop plans to maintain the tourism industry, and then implement these plans.” Mount Everest is not affected by the coronavirus and will continue to be there in 2021.

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