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Kathmandu : Nepal reassures Everest climbers on safety including regular weather forecasts after an avalanche killed 16 guides last year in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history .

Government officials, army and police will staff a liaison office at Base Camp through the climbing season to aid climbers in distress and resolve disputes.

The government has increased insurance cover for Sherpas to $15,000 from $10,000, with premiums to be paid by climbers including medical and other benefits.

According to media reports , Nepal has changed the route for this year’s climbing season on Mount Everest in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last April’s avalanche disaster .

The new official route, which was last used in the early 1990s, avoids the left-hand side of the treacherous Khumbu icefall, known as the West Shoulder.

The new route will take climbers through the centre of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall just above Everest base camp, avoiding the section to the left of the glacier where last year's avalanche occurred.

The South East Ridge route on Everest passes through the treacherous Khumbu icefall and the South Col, pioneered by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in their historic 1953 ascent.

Nepal's icefall doctors - the highly skilled mountaineers who prepare the 8,848-metre (29,028 feet) peak for climbers - will go to Everest next month to fix ropes along the route, which was last used in the 1990s, AFP reports.

Meanwhile, hundreds of climbers forced to abandon expeditions on Mount Everest last year are waiting to hear renewal of their permits this year. Some of the operators have cancelled their expeditions this year due to uncertainty in renewal of their permits.

The disaster forced at least 334 climbers from around the world to abandon the climb after an avalanche on April 18, 2014.

The Ministry clarified that the permits would be valid for five years after strikes last year.

More than 300 people, most of them local guides, have died on Everest since the first summit in 1953.The country's climbing season starts in March and runs through May.

March 1.2015

Published in Nepal News

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