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Mountaineer assc: Only those aged 18 to 60 allowed to climb Qomolangma
15:52, June 13, 2010  



The Nepal Mountaineering Association showed its appreciation after the Tibet Mountaineering Association announced that it will impose an age limit on climbers of Qomolangma, known as Mt. Everest in the West, on June 10, according to a report from Xinhuanet.com.

China will limit the age of those wishing to scale the world’s tallest peak to between 18 and 60 years old starting autumn of this year, and it will regulate the number of people in a mountaineering expedition to no less than five, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

"It is significant to ensuring safety for climbing Mt. Qomolangma, so we welcome it very much," said Sherpa.

Nepal also limits people under 16 years old from climbing Qomolangma, but does not have an upper age limit.

"We are studying new provisions such as the upper age limit to make climbing Qomolangma more secure," Sherpa said.

Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old boy from California who had his application to climb Qomolangma rejected in Nepal based on his age, successfully reached the peak on the north side of Qomolangma on May 22, breaking the Nepalese world record and becoming the youngest person to reach the top of Qomolangma.

By People's Daily Online
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