Mount Everest base camp support team created

5th Aug 2013

Travellers attempting to tackle the immense Mount Everest while on trekking holidays in Nepal will be able to get guidance and support from a new team located at base camp.

The Nepalese authorities announced the government team will set up a base there for the first time ever in an effort to monitor expeditions more closely at the world's highest mountain, the BBC reports.

It is revealed that as well as helping expedition teams they will also coordinate rescues and help to protect the environment.

Purna Chandra Bhattarai, chief of the tourism industry division that oversees mountaineering, told the news organisation the team at base camp will represent the government's administration on the ground starting from next year's spring climbing season.

The move appears to signal a tougher enforcement of the current rules that require each climbing team to have a government employee as a liaison officer during expeditions.

Critics have previously argued that liaison officers often do not even leave Kathmandu and there is no one at the site to keep tabs on expedition teams.

"Up until now, the information whether someone made it to the summit took time to reach us in Kathmandu while the rest of the world knew about it first through the media. That will change now," the tourism official added.

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