To prevent any possibilities of COVID-19 infections, China is all set to create a ‘line of separation’ at the top of Mount Everest that will set apart the climbers from the Chinese side from those from Nepal’s side.
For this, a team of Tibetan mountaineering guides has been set who will create the separation line at the world’s highest mountain peak before the climbers reach the top, Chinese state-owned Xinhua News Agency said on Monday.
Since last year, the two countries have suspended the climbing season owing to the threat posed by the pandemic but this year, Nepal allowed 408 foreigners, and China allowed 21 climbers to go for the expedition. However, officials in Nepal have refused to make any comment on Everest’s line of separation.
The only point where climbers from both sides would even come close is the summit, which is a small space where climbers spend only a few minutes to take photographs and take in the 360-degree views and the climbers would be wearing thick layers of clothing and gear and their faces would be covered with oxygen masks, glasses, and protection from the freezing air.