posted at 20:50
Author: Andrew Freedman
Picturing the Blizzard That Caused Nepals Worst-Ever Mountaineering Disaster
Of those, 21 were foreign trekkers and mountaineers from countries including India, Israel, Canada, Poland, Japan, China and Slovakia. Twenty-two were Nepalese guides, porters and villagers. With the multi-billion dollar trekking industry at risk, Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of climbers in the wake of the disaster. Tourism Department official Tulasi Gautam said trekkers venturing to mountain trails will be required to take trained local guides, and will have to rent a GPS tracking unit to help authorities trace them in case of an emergency. Gautam said the government plans to announce the new rules nationwide before the next trekking season in the spring. "The main reason for the high number of casualties is that those trekkers without proper guides were prompted to continue with their trek in attempts to beat the storm. So we plan to strictly enforce new rules of no trekking without porters or proper guides," Gautam said. Yadav Koirala of Nepal's Disaster Management Division said two more bodies of Nepalese nationals were recovered on Tuesday by soldiers who remain in the Thorong La pass on the Annapurna circuit trekking route. In total, rescuers evacuated 518 stranded trekkers to safety before Monday, in what the Home Ministry secretary called the largest rescue operation in the country's history.

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