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Nepal considers restrictions including age, previous climbing experience for Everest permits

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, trekkers take an acclimatization hike to Nagarzhang peak above Dingboche valley on the way to Everest base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, trekkers take an acclimatization hike to Nagarzhang peak above Dingboche valley on the way to Everest base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this March 21, 2015 file photo, trekkers walk towards Everest Base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)

    FILE- In this March 21, 2015 file photo, trekkers walk towards Everest Base camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2015 file photo, trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years.  (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)

    FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2015 file photo, trekkers rest at Everest Base Camp, Nepal. Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, that Nepal is considering placing age and fitness limits for people who want to climb Mount Everest. Last week Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who had lost nine fingers to frostbite, abandoned his fifth unsuccessful attempt to scale Everest. Everest climbing permits earn the impoverished nation millions of dollars but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, file)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal is considering placing age and fitness restrictions on people who want to climb Mount Everest.

Mohan Sapkota, a spokesman for the Himalayan country's ministry of tourism, said Tuesday that the government is mulling barring very young and very old climbers, as well as people with disabilities.

The new rules could also require that climbers attempting to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain have experience on medium-size peaks.

Sapkota said that Everest should be a place of adventure, "not death."

Everest climbing permits earn Nepal, an impoverished nation, millions of dollars a year, but the government has come under criticism after a series of disasters over the last few years.