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18 Jun 2017
Spring on Everestt

Sixty odd years since it was first scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Mount Everest continues to occupy a prominent space in the human imagination.This climbing season-which ended on May 31-was no different. With a staggering 448 climbers summiting the peak from its South Face in Nepal, the total number of accents inched over the 5,000 mark this year.

18 Jun 2017
Met: Monsoon to pick up pace in a few days

Monsoon is expected to pick up pace in a few days after a slow start, bringing hopes to Nepal’s agrarian economy that heavily depends on monsoon rains as they spur planting of crops, particularly paddy. The June-September monsoon is crucial for farm output and economic growth in Nepal, where only 40 percent of the country’s 2.64 million hectares of arable land has round-the-year irrigation facility. Of the total area, paddy is planted on 1.5 million hectares of land.According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, this year monsoon entered Nepal on June 12, two days later than the normal onset date. However, it continues to be weak.

18 Jun 2017
Gyrocopter set to fly in Pokhara skies

Heli Air Nepal will soon be launching a gyrocopter, a one-passenger rotary-wing aircraft, for the first time in the skies of Pokhara, adding a new adventure tourism product in the lake city, the company said on Saturday. A gyrocopter is a helicopter and aeroplane hybrid. According to the gyrocopter manufacturer website, it can be flown in strong winds and weather conditions and can practically be used round the year.

1 Jun 2017
Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest

Nepal's mountaineering community celebrated the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago on Monday, as well as this year's climbing season, during which hundreds scaled the world's highest peak.Several mountaineers and others who have contributed to the climbing industry were honored during a ceremony in Kathmandu marking the first successful Everest climb by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, in 1953. Eight Nepali Sherpa guides who initially dug the route this year and fixed climbing ropes to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit were also honored for their work.

9 May 2017
Mt. Everest Climbing Age Limit After 85-Year-Old Dies

Nepali officials are attempting to establish an age limit for climbing Mount Everest after 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan died while attempting to scale the mountain Saturday, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com)."It is very necessary to immediately bring that age limit law," Ang Tshering, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the AP."If there had been a limit, the loss of life could have been prevented."While climbers have to be at least 16 years of age to climb the mountain, there are no age restrictions beyond that, though the Nepal Mountaineering Association is hoping to set the age range between 16-76.

3 May 2017
Legendary Swiss Climber Ueli Steck Dies !

The 3,280-foot tumble to the doom of famed mountaineer Ueli Steck, 40, near Mount Everest in Nepal this weekend chilled and saddened climbing enthusiasts around the world, but surprised no one.The Swiss Machine had pushed the on-the-edge art of solo speed climbing on peaks such as The Eiger and the south face of Annapurna beyond comprehension, and certainly into the death zone in many ways. The brilliant alpinist was awesome, but so are the mountains.Jess Roskelley, 34, of Spokane, a world-class climber who just recently completed an inspiring five-day first ascent of the Gauntlet Ridge (the Complete South Ridge) of Alaska's Mount Huntington(12,240 feet), posted this Facebook comment on Steck's death:

3 May 2017
Jackson woman to return to Mount Everest for third climb

It takes a long time to get to the top of the tallest mountain of the world. The nearly 39-mile trek from Lukla, Nepal, to the base of Mount Everest can take from eight days to nearly two weeks. Getting to the summit takes another four to six weeks of breathless climbing and multiple passes through one of the most deadly and dangerous spots on the mountain.The swiftest groups - pre-acclimatized and kissed by good luck with a well-timed weather opening - make it from Lukla to the peak of the 29,029-foot mountain in four weeks. Ellen Gallant hopes to make it in about seven, by her 51st birthday on May 16.

3 May 2017
Mount Everest: Nepali Man, 85, Aims to Become Oldest Person to Climb Peak;

Next time you complain you can't do something because you're too old or too tired, think of 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan.This Nepali man wants to become the oldest person to ever climb Mount Everest.Sherchan has held the world record before but lost it in 2013. He wants to regain it by scaling the 29,035-foot Himalayan peak - the world's tallest mountain - during a what should be a window of favorable weather next month."I want to be the oldest person to scale Everest again to be an inspiration for humankind, a boost for the elderly people and an encouragement for youths," Sherchan told The Associated Press on Wednesday in his home in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. "It will be a message for everyone that age is no obstacle to achieving their dreams."

3 May 2017
Nepal grants climbing permit to 729 mountaineers this season

With the world mountaineers traversing through the treacherous Khumbu icefall on Mt Everest, Nepal’s Department of Tourism today said it had issued climbing permits to at least 729 mountaineers who would be attempting to climb 21 different mountains in the spring season.“As of today, 376 world climbers including 20 Nepalis representing five teams obtained climbing permits for Mt Everest while a nine-member team comprising five South Koreans will be applying in a day or two becoming the last to seek permit for the world’s highest peak in the season,” Durga Dutta Dhakal, DoT’s Director said.

1 May 2017
Legendary Swiss Climber Ueli Steck Dies !

A legendary climber Mr. Ueli Steck was killed in an accident at Mt. NUptse on 29th April.

9 Dec. 2016
Nepal to issue Manaslu summit certificates despite failure to stand atop

After two months since the world climbers returned from the Mt Manaslu expedition, the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has resumed the issuance of summit certificates by authenticating their successful summits of the world’s eighth highest peak.

3 Oct. 2016
Monsoon to linger with rainy days ahead

Brief spells of scattered rain are expected at a few places in central and eastern regions in the first week of October as the monsoon starts retreating, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division.
The three-month long monsoon that was delayed by about a week in June has started withdrawing from the country.
But brief to moderate rains occurred in one or two places, said Barun Poudel, a meteorologist at the MFD.“The local disturbance triggering brief and scattered rains is expected across the country, particularly in the central and eastern hilly districts for at least the next two days,” Poudel added.
There are chances of rain in mid-hill districts, increasing the risk of landslides on highways at a time when hundreds of thousands of people are leaving Kathmandu for the festivals.

5 May. 2016
289 CLIMBERS IN BID TO SCALE EVEREST

Two hundred and eight nine climbers are in a bid to exploit good weather for climbing Mr. Everest,among them 160 are new one. Ice fall Doctors have prepared the routes till Camp III as of Friday.
The root start from the Base camp at 5380m, then 6065m, 6500m respectively.The number of aspirants has decreed this year and the past years. The government has extended their permit for 2 years until 2017. the government has collected more than Rs, 210 million in royalties by issuing Everest permits. government has also extended the Everest climb ling permit until 2019.

5 May. 2016
Four foreign climbers dead

Two fell into an icy crevasse- Switzerland Patrik Mattioli and Jon David Johnson - Austira. According to Cosmos Trek Pvt. Ltd Japanese climber HIdenori Hagi died on Friday night at Mt. Everest base camp. 708 climbers from 92 teams have obtained climbing permit to attempt different mountain in this Season- Spring.

1 Mar. 2016
Govt extends 2015spring climbingpermits by two years

A day before the spring climbing seasonbegins in the country the governmentdecided to extend the climbing permits of 103 different expeditions by two moreyears, waiving the permit fee for all 801world climbers who had abandoned their expeditions last spring followingthe devastating April earthquake.
According to Minister for Informationand Communications and spokesperson of the government Sherdhan Rai, ameeting of the Council of Ministers has approved a proposal tabled by the Ministryof Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation seeking anamendment to theexisting mountaineeringregulation that ensures a twoyearextension tothe climbing permits, which wereissued for 32mountains in thelast spring season.
The government’sdecisionsolely aims to supportthe country’smountaineering sector which was worst hit by multipledisasters in the last two consecutiveyears, MoCTCA secretary Prem KumarRai told this daily. He said that today’s decision was made by taking consentfrom finance and law ministries.
The decision will come into force immediatelyafter publishing the same in the gazette in a day or two.
“The expeditionteams can apply at the Departmentof Tourism to validate their old permit anytime within 2017 but they need togive at least two weeks to the Department of Tourism for further processingof their documents,” the decision reads.
At least 801 climbers including 265members on Mt Everest had cancelled their expeditions on different mountainsafter the devastating earthquake struck the country in April 25 killingnearly 9,000 people.
The world’s highestpeak which was hit by an avalanche in2014 killing 16 Nepali guides also witnesseda massive avalanche triggered by the earthquake in its base camp where19 mountaineers were buried last April.
The mountaineering fraternity haswelcomed the government’s move. National Tourism Promotion Committee member said the decisionwill certainly facilitate climbers who are planning their expeditions in the coming season. “Nepal is well preparedto welcome climbers in the spring season.

19 Oct. 2014
Blizzards Claim dozens of Tourist & Nepali Guides due to heavy Snow Falls in Nepal (2)

1) 432 persons rescued from Manang, Mustang and Myagdi
The government has rescued 432 persons trapped due to snowstorm and in avalanches occurred Tuesday and Wednesday in Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi districts. As many as 171 persons were rescued from Mustang alone, said Baburam Bhandari, Chief District Officer in Mustang district. CDO Lamichhane told that the rescue operations could not be made effective due to a bad weather condition in the snow covered areas on Saturday while a search for the missing three Nepalese, four Canadians, three Indians and a Japanese is underway.

2) 3 tourists stranded in Kagbeni rescued alive
Three tourists stranded in the blizzard-hit areas since last four days have been rescued alive on Saturday.Two foreigners and one Nepali have been rescued alive from Kagbeni VDC of Mustang district today, said SSP Subas Chandra Chaudhary of Dhaulagiri Zonal Police Office.

3) Search and rescue efforts continue:-
Fifty-seven people, including 52 foreigners, were rescued from Mustang and Manang districts on Saturday as search and rescue efforts continue in the region. Authorities involved in rescue operations said the efforts to locate the missing people along the famous Annapurna trail will continue on Sunday as well.imilarly, the NA helicopter mobilised in the area brought two bodies of a Japanese and an Indian national found at Thorong La pass on the same day, the NA said in a statement.

17 Oct. 2014
Blizzards Claim dozens of Tourist & Nepali Guides due to heavy Snow Falls in Nepal (1)

1) 19 more bodies found; 211 saved from blizzard
Nineteen more bodies were recovered in Manang, Mustang and Myagdi districts on Thursday, pushing the death toll of unseasonal blizzard s and avalanche s in the Annapurna region to 29. Eleven bodies were those of foreign nationals, the authorities said. The search teams also rescued 211 people from the region. Identification of date bodies has not noticed yet.

2) 100 missing in Upper Dolpo
Around 100 people, including 60 foreign trekkers, have been reported missing in remote Upper Dolpa. Hem Thapa of CG Trekking Store said that of the 10 tourist teams who were trekking around the region, only one comprising 17 members came in contact on Thursday afternoon. The status of other teams remained unknown as of the evening.Ten groups of tourists who had reached Upper Dolpa were caught in the snowstorm on Tuesday. Out of them, one group comprising 17 members came in contact on Thursday.

Other groups are still unaccounted for, said Him Thapa, an official of CG Trekking Store. “We are worried and nervous as the tourists have gone through our channel,” he said.

3) Chinese tourist dies in Ghandruk
Chinese tourist died in Ghandruk along the Annapurna Trekking Route Thursday night.The Chinese national, who took shelter at Bhuraj of Ghandruk, breathed his last while returning from Annapurna Base Camp, said Buddhiman Tamang, a tourist guide.

4) Blizzard death toll reaches 32' more than 118 rescue
Apart from 16 bodies found in Mustang yesterday, the body of Bishnu Bahadur Budha, 37, of Baglung, a government employee serving in Mustang, was dug out from under a thick blanket of snow in Ghami VDC today, pushing the death toll in the district to 17.Slovakians John Matik, Vladimir Swansar, Manjor Kumar Rai of Okhaldhunga, Gopal Rai and Dorje Sherpa of Solukhumbu who had gone missing in an avalanche on the base camp of Mt Dhaulagiri of Myagdi were found dead today. Likewise, two more bodies were found from somewhere between Manang’s Fu and Kanglang villages today.DSP Rajendrababu Regmi said the total casualty in the district has risen to 10. So far, 118 persons trapped in the troubled areas have been rescued.

“They were rescued from different places of Manang and Mustang,” said Keshav Pande, coordinator of a rescue committee formed by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal. Pande added that 100 more people could be missing. Ten choppers were used by TAAN, Nepali Army and other private organisations for the rescue today.

25 May 2014
104 unclibmed mountains to open

Nepal Government announced “104 unclibmed mountains to open” On 21st 2014.

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20 Apr. 2014
15 killed in deadliest Everest avalanche.

KATHMANDU, APR 19 - Fifteen high-altitude Sherpa guides including base camp cooks were killed by an Everest avalanche on Friday morning, the deadliest single mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak. At least eight people have been rescued, some of them with serious frost-bite injuries.

Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa of the Himalayan Rescue Association said 12 bodies were retrieved from the avalanche site by Friday noon, while three were still buried beneath the snow. However, the Tourism Ministry confirmed 12 deaths and four missing.

Lhakpa said that bodies were buried under more than three meters of snow. The avalanche struck around 6:45am in an area known as the "popcorn field", just above the Everest base camp, at 5,800m. The group of Sherpa guides and base camp cooks had headed out from the base camp at 3:00am carrying food and ropes to Camps 1 and 2. The rescue officials reached the site 45 minutes later.

"As bad weather coupled with strong winds prevented rescue efforts, the remaining bodies will be retrieved on Saturday," said Lhakpa. One of the injured, 24-year-old Furi Sherpa, has been brought to the Capital for treatment, while others are receiving care at a hospital in Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. All the bodies were airlifted to Lukla on Friday noon.

Wanchu Sherpa, president of the Everest Summiteers Association, said Friday's avalanche is on "a very treacherous route' that has claimed many climbers over the years. In 1973, a dozen Sherpa climbers were killed when the ice route in the section caved-in, Wanchu said. "Unfor-tunately, there is no alternative to this route and the climbers who are aware of this always watch their steps."In 2012, there was one death and two injuries reported in the area, whiletwo Sherpas were critically hurt last year. In 1996, eight climbers were killed above 8,000m when they were caught in a snowstorm during ascent. In the entire season, 15 people died in their effort to scale the summit.

Written by Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air, a personal account of the 1996 Everest disaster, became a 1997 bestselling non-fiction book. It details the author's presence at Everest during the disaster. Around 390 climbers have reached the base camp until Friday this spring. The actual climbing will start from mid-May, and the mountaineers will spend time on the lower reaches of the Himalaya to acclimatise themselves.

Last year, of the 678 climbers who obtained permits, 567 succeeded in reaching atop Everest. There were 334 guides including some Nepali climbers. The government earned US$ 3.16 million in royalties. Among the 408 climbers in 2012, there were 227 guides. According to the government data, 4,411 people have climbed Everest since the first ascent in 1953. Nearly 250 have died on its slopes.

Relief amounts announced A meeting of the Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee, chaired by DPM and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, has announced Rs 40,000 of relief amount for each victim's family. Shikhar Insurance has offered Rs 50,000 to each victim, in addition to the insured's eligible claim. The government had last year revised the insurance policy for high-altitude climbers under which a Sirdar, mountain guide, gets a minimum of Rs 1 million. For high-altitude workers, the insurance coverage has been raised to Rs 1 million from Rs 400,000. The government has increased personal accident insurance and compensation insurance for rescue officials by 150 percent to $10,000. (p

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