Nepalese Government says it has not imposed any ban on Everest climbing

March 18th, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Mar 18 (ANI): The Nepalese Government on Tuesday clarified that it has not imposed any ban on climbing the Mt Everest as requested by the Chinese Government.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) dismissed media reports that it had suspended the mountaineering expedition to Mt. Everest on the request of the Chinese Government.

The Ministry said its attention had been drawn by the dissemination of false information quoting the ministry on the issue.

MoCTCA also said that it had not banned climbing expedition on Mt. Everest and other peaks adding that the policy related to mountaineering expeditions remained same as previous.

It was reported that the government had decided to restrict mountaineering on Mt. Everest for 10 days beginning May 1.

China has already announced a ban on mountaineering expeditions until May 10 and had asked Nepal not to issue any permits until that day. (ANI)

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