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Since Mount Everest was first scaled in 1953 by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, thousands of people have scaled the mountain.

Now, as climbers clamour for ever more bizarre records, Nepal’s mountaineering authorities are calling for a ban on nudity and attempts to set obscene records on the world’s highest mountain.

Last year, a Nepalese climber claimed the world’s highest display of nudity when he disrobed for several minutes while standing on the 8,850 metre high summit in temperatures of around minus 10 degrees Celsius.

“There should be strict regulations to discourage such attempts by climbers”, said Ang Tshering, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association. The people who live on the foothill of Everest worship the mountain as a god and mountaineering authorities have asked the government to ban disrespectful stunts on Everest, Tshering said.

Mount Everest has always attracted record-setters, including the oldest climber (71 years old), the youngest climber (15 years old), the first climber with one foot and the first blind climber. In 2005, a Nepalese couple exchanged vows on the summit as the first couple to get married on Everest.