15 Apr 2021

Covid-19: Pandemic clears Mt Everest traffic jam

From Morning Report, 8:52 am on 15 April 2021

Before Covid-19 threw cold water on international travel, we were agog at pictures of traffic jams on the peak of Mount Everest.

Overcrowding was a major problem during the 2019 climbing season, leading to a rise in deaths as climbers were crampon-to-crampon. Has Covid-19 solved that?

New Zealand adventure tourism operator Adventure Consultants, which ran expeditions to the top of Everest, says it will temporarily close until at least 2022 due to the pandemic.

Billi Bierling is a mountaineer and journalist based in Kathmandu.

She spoke to Morning Report.