Kathmandu — Ameesha Chauhan, a survivor of the Everest “traffic jam” who is in hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year’s deadly season on the world’s highest peak. Ten people have died in little more than two weeks after poor weather cut the climbing window, leaving mountaineers waiting in long queues to the summit, risking exhaustion and running out of oxygen. Nepal issued a record 381 Everest permits this season, and several hundred of the summiteers are not properly trained, make poor decisions and “put their own life in risk and also the Sherpa guides”, Chauhan said. The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the 8,848m peak, but others were held up for hours. “I saw some climbers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. The government should fix the qualification criteria,” she said from Kathmandu's general hospital, all the toes on her left foot black and...

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