China to create ‘line of separation’ at Everest summit on Covid fearsTourists in the Everest scenic area in Tibet are also banned from visiting the base camp on the Tibetan side.
Everest base camp on the Nepalese side has been hit by coronavirus cases since late April. The Nepalese government, starved of tourism revenue, has yet to cancel the spring climbing season, usually from April to early June before the monsoon rains.
A group of 21 Chinese nationals are en route to the summit on the Tibetan side, Xinhua reported.
The Tibetan guides will set up the separation line ahead of their arrival, the state-run news agency said, without describing what the line would look like.
It was also unclear whether the Tibetan guides would be the ones enforcing the "separation", or whether they would remain in the so-called death zone, where many lives have been lost due to a dearth of oxygen, to hold the line.
China has not allowed any foreign climbers to ascend from the Tibetan side since the outbreak of the new coronavirus last year due to infection concerns.
Tourists in the Everest scenic area in Tibet are also banned from visiting the base camp on the Tibetan side.