ExWeb has posted a Newsflash this morning with word that the Nepal Ministry of Tourism has begun issuing permits to climb Everest this Spring. The move comes not a moment too soon as teams are in their final stages of preparation, with many heading off to the Himalayan country this week.
The permits come with “instructions” however, and they pretty much fall into line with what we heard last week. Climbers will be allowed to go as high as Camp 2 before May 1st, and between May 1st and the 11th they’ll have to rest in Base Camp while the Chinese take the Olympic Torch to the summit. After that, all bets are off as the mountain opens up for everyone.
At this point, it’s hard to say what will happen if the Chinese have not summitted by the 10th of May as planned. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold. The one thing we do know for sure is that the South Side will be plenty busy and the North will be very empty.
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