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With a heavy heart, we are canceling our Everest 2020 expedition. China has shut down the Tibet Side of Mt. Everest due to fears of Coronavirus hitting base camps. @adrianballinger: “This is heartbreaking news, especially for our clients who have trained so hard and invested so much in chasing the climb of a lifetime. While canceling a climb is never an outcome we want, this time, it’s the responsible thing to do. A Covid-19 outbreak at base camp would be devastating.”
Everest expedition operators based out of China and Nepal have been informed by government officials that all spring 2020 climbing expeditions have been cancelled over COVID-19 concerns. According to Alpenglow Expeditions, a major operator, the main risk is an outbreak at base camps, far from advanced medical facilities and populated by well-traveled climbers.
In addition, Nepal has put all tourist visas on hold between March 14th and April 30th, according to the Kathmandu Times, essentially closing the country's borders to visitors for the next six weeks. This will mean a major hit to the country's tourism-based economy, which draws millions of dollars from permits and other mountaineering-related commerce.
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