I have blogged previously about the increasing conflicts about the use of the space on Everest as it becomes more crowded. The BBC has reported that a Nepalese government team will be located at base camp to “monitor and help expedition teams, coordinate rescues and protect the environment.”
Purna Chandra Bhattarai, chief of the tourism industry division that oversees mountaineering, told the BBC.
“The Integrated Service Centre will also facilitate climbers by offering them communication and safety related services.”
Mr Bhattarai says that, starting from next year’s spring climbing season, the team at base camp will represent the government’s administration on the ground. Observers say it was getting difficult to regulate mountaineering activities from the capital, Kathmandu.
“When there is the presence of the government on the ground, the message ‘violating the law is punishable’ becomes clearer,” he said.”