Should older climbers be allowed to climb Everest?
Chinese authories impose an age limit on Everest North side (Tibet) of 18 to 60 years.
Previously enforcing minimum 16 years age limit, as of 2015 the Nepal goverment (Everest South side) is considering to ban climbers below the age of 18 and above the age of 75, as well as disabled climbers.
Analayzing data from 11,000 summit attempts between 1922 and 2006, Adventurestats found there is no factual increased fatality rate
for climbers above 50 years of age.
- 0-29y = 1.9%
- 30-39y = 1.7%
- 40-49y = 1.5%
- 50-100y = 1.6%
Any enforcement of a maximum age would be based on ethical, political or other soft values, but not in factual measured risk.
Are older climbers less likely to reach the summit of Everest?
Based on 11,000 summit attempts there is no age-related difference in success:
- 0-40y = 20.9%
- 40-100y = 20.3%