Some of the climbers who in the next two months attempt to climb Mount Everest will have to carry GPS devices with them, in an effort to increase safety and prevent false claims of reaching the summit.

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Durga Dutta Dhakal, head of Nepal’s tourism department, today announced that GPS devices will be placed in the mountaineers during the spring season so that their movements can be followed as they attempt to climb to the summit, 8,850 meters high.

Hundreds of climbers are expected to climb to the world’s highest peak between April and May, but only a few will be equipped with the GPS device in an experimental initiative.

Last year an Indian couple said they had reached the peak and received the certificate from the authorities but later discovered that they had manipulated their photograph from the summit.

 

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