38 Virus-Tested Mountaineers Issued Chinese Permits to Climb Mount Everest’s Northern Slope

The 38 mountaineers who were issued Chinese permits to climb the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, known as Qomolongma in Tibetan, must come from parts of China that are at low risk of infection. They must show a clean bill of health before beginning the climb, undergo regular temperature checks, use bottled oxygen, and stay 13 feet from other climbers.

China, having closed its doors to foreign climbers to the mountain last year because of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, felt it safe enough to open up this year, but has maintained strict health check restrictions and is on guard against imported cases.

Individuals not registered to climb on the Chinese side (the northern side) of the mountain are strictly barred from that side.

– Ella Breedlove