The new measures are part of a wider effort by Nepal’s government to take control and increase revenues from its trekking industry.
Last month, the government said it would slash Everest climbing fees to $11,000 a person next year to attract more mountaineers, who currently pay $25,000 unless they are part of a group receiving a discount. Groups of seven pay only $70,000. Fees for other mountains, including seven more of the world’s 10 tallest, will also be reduced.
The group discount had been criticized for making climbing more dangerous by encouraging people to team up even if they have vastly different experience and barely know each other.
However, the fee change irked environmentalists who said the mountain was already overburdened. Italian climbing legend Reinhold Messner has called for Nepal to close down Everest for a few years for the mountain to rest and recover.