Light illuminates Mount Everest, during sunset in the Solukhumbu District also known as the Everest region, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday.Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck lost his life in April this year when he slipped and fell from a steep ridge during a solo acclimatisation climb to Nuptse, a peak neighboring Everest.Thousands of mountaineers flock to Nepal -- home to eight of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 meters -- each spring and autumn when clear weather provides good climbing conditions.Almost 450 climbers -- 190 foreigners and 259 Nepalis -- reached the summit of Everest from the south side in Nepal last year.
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