The Nepal government has introduced new regulations for mountaineers planning to scale Mt Everest, in a bid to prevent overcrowding at the base camps and climbing trails.
As per the new rules, expedition groups that first receive permission to climb will get the first chance to climb the mountain.
The first-come-first-ascent rule will ensure that mountaineering groups that have already acquired permission to climb can make their attempt for a summit in the first positive weather window.
Now, expedition organizers are allowed to arrange climbing trips with a maximum of 170 climbers in each positive weather window.
Further, the new rules state that climbers must provide COVID-19 negative test reports in between the climbing of different peaks in the country.
In its notice, the Department of Tourism said the new rules would ensure proper management of mountaineering routes and climbers.