Everest Region is the hub of controversy lately, but that doesn’t mean good things stopped happening in the region altogether. In the latest twist, Nepalese government decided to hike the insurance cover for Sherpa Guides on Everest and unveiled two new climbing peaks beside Mount Everest for avid mountaineers.
#1 Insurance Cover for Sherpa Guides Hiked
Following the tragic event of April 2014, which killed 16 innocent Sherpa guides while trying to fix ropes on Everest (Full Article), and much hullabaloo by the family members of the guides for better compensation and insurance, Nepalese Government has recently decided to hike the insurance cover for Sherpa guides by 33.3%. The new rolled-out rates for insurance cover and medical insurance will be $15,000 and $4,000 respectively.
The hike will address to some extent the demand by Sherpas for better compensation.
Dambar Parajuli, Chief of Expedition Organizers’
The recent move may likely increase the overall climbing fee for Everest, however, it’ll ensure better compensation to the hard-working Sherpas. Hope, Nepalese Government will do more for the Sherpas and climbers alike while keeping its financial motives aside.
#2 Two New Peaks for Climbing Open at Khumbu
Hillary 7,681 m (25,200 ft) and Tenzing 7,916 m (25,971 ft), both opened last May for enthusiastic climbers. Located at the Khumbu region, these new peaks boast the similar charm of Mount Everest.
The taste for climbing in Nepal decreased following the tragedy on Everest last April, therefore, Nepalese Government decided to open two new peaks to revive the appeal for climbing.
We believe climbers will be attracted to these peaks and help promote mountaineering activities
Tikaram Pandey, Ministry of Tourism