The General Administration of Sport of China announces that the summits of Mount Everest used by climbers in China will remain closed through the spring, citing COVID-19 concerns in both mainland China and neighboring Nepal.
Nepalese Sherpas condemn the Nepalese government's plan to use the army to clear rubbish from the top of Mount Everest and five other Himalayan peaks, saying only experienced Sherpas can reach those places. An army spokesman says the army will be able to reach all those summits.
U.S. space agency NASA admits it posted online a photograph taken from the International Space Station of an Indian mountain Saser Muztagh, claiming it as Mount Everest. With Nepalese netizens left puzzled by this, it took a Nepalese expert to point out the agency's inaccuracy.
TeliaSonera, through its Nepal subsidiary Ncell, announces that a series of eight 3G wireless transmitters have been installed along the trail to base camps on Mount Everest, with coverage reaching the summit.