Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP
Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP
Mercedes Hutton
Opinion

Opinion

Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

As Everest prepares to reopen for autumn climbing season, is Nepal putting cash before caution?

  • The Himalayan nation closed its mountains in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but the threat of Covid-19 is not enough to keep them closed
  • With each climber supporting up to eight Nepalis, the tourism-dependent destination is again failing to implement new safety initiatives

Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP
Climbers queued on Mount Everest on May 22 last year. Eleven climbers perished during the 2019 spring climbing season. Photo: AP
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.