Nepal is using GPS to catch Mount Everest cheaters

KATHMANDU, (AP): Some climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest during the upcoming spring climbing season will be strapped with a GPS device to locate them in case they are in trouble and to prevent false claims of reaching the summit, officials said Monday. Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt to climb the world’s highest peak in April and May, but only a few will be fitted with the devices as an experiment. The chief of Nepal’s tourism department, Durga Dutta Dhakal, said the..

My Village Experience in Nepal

The lovely countryside passed by my window as I sat in the car, on my way to the Nepalese village of Fulkharka. My trip would take many hours...rough roads and traffic jams. Buses, trucks,cars, and motorbikes, all sharing the narrow roads, weaving in and out through traffic. Creating some secret and dangerous dance; always passing and dodging. Viewing this ritual is not for the faint of heart. Somehow this works out orderly and beautifully with rarely a harsh word heard. Stopping for lunch..

Spanish national reaches Mount Everest Summit

SOLUKHUMBU: Spanish national, John Alenzd, has reached atop the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, in the unfavourable mountaineering season. The winter season is deemed unfavourable for summiting the mountain due to heavy snowfall and excessive cold. However, he climbed the highest summit on Tuesday. Though he and his spouse Carlos had teamed up to ascend the Summit to exchange their love on the Valentine Day, it was not materialized. She returned from third camp of the Mount Everest after..

Free WiFi service soon on Mt Everest

KATHMANDU: Mount Everest and Annapurna areas will have free WiFi service from next month – facilitating better connectivity for mountaineers from the highest point on earth. Digambar Jha, chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), said the NTA plans to set up free WiFi zones along Lukla-Everest Base Camp and Annapurna areas. This will make availability of free WiFi service in by far the highest point as Everest base camp is located 5,360m from the sea level and the..

Dreaming Of Nepal – A Woman’s Journey

In the month of October, 2016, I finally fulfilled my dream of going to Nepal. It wasn’t a long dream, a lifelong dream, or a childhood dream. In fact, a year before, I couldn’t have pointed to the country of Nepal on a map of the world. My desire to take a trip to Nepal began with my husband’s trekking there. Being an adventurous person and loving physical challenges, he booked his first of two treks there- the first to Annapurna and the second to Mt. Everest. By his second trek in May..

Ghodepani hotels filled to the brim with Chinese tourists

KATHMANDU: The hotels and lodges in the renowned tourist hotspot at Ghodepani of Ghar VDC – 1 are filled to the brim with Chinese tourists celebrating their New Year holidays. The influx of Chinese tourists at this time of the year to celebrate their holidays in what is essentially viewed as a tourist off season by the tourist entrepreneurs has been a boon for the Ghodepani hoteliers. The Ghodepani is located in the world famous Annapurna Circuit which is now busy greeting 200 Chinese..

India to Re-Measure Mt Everest to Confirm if Earthquake Reduced Its Height

NEW DELHI (SPUTNIK): The Indian Government’s survey and mapping organization has said it will soon “re-measure” the height of Mount Everest. The exercise is mainly aimed at ending the debate over whether the earth’s highest mountain became shorter by some inches following the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake in 2015 that altered the landscape across the Himalayan region. Surveyor General of India S. Subba Rao said the expedition to re-measure the Mt. Everest should begin in two months...

Pun Hill listed as top 10 destinations in Nepal

MYAGDI: The Pun Hill – situated at Ghorepani of Ghar VDC 1 in the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range – has been selected as one of the must-see tourist destinations, suffusing the local tourism entrepreneurs with an inexplicable joy. The largest travel guide book, Lonely Planet, has listed Pun Hill among the top 10 tourist destinations in Nepal as part of its annual publication of best tourist destinations in the world. The Pun hill can be reached through different trek..

Diamond Jubilee celebration of first ascent of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjungha kicks off

KATHMANDU: The Diamond Jubilee celebration programme of the first successful ascent of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjungha kicked off in the capital on Friday. President of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) Dr. Lee In- Jeung inaugurated the celebration function in the capital. Addressing the function, President Lee highlighted the importance of Nepalese mountains and the indigenous Sherpa community in the history of mountain tourism of the Asia Pacific region. He said that the UAAA..

Aussie delegation returns home, terming Nepal a safe tourist destination

KATHMANDU: An Australian delegation led by lawmaker Jing Lee returned home on Sunday after completing a weeklong visit. Speaking at a press meet at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) before her departure, lawmaker Lee said her delegation arrived here seeking to support Nepal in its ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction campaign and added that "Nepal is safe for travel". During her Nepal visit, she found it safer, she shared her experiences, urging the international community to visit..

Visitors up in Langtang-Gosaikunda

Dhunche (Rasuwa): The number of tourists visiting the popular tourist destination in the country, Langtang-Gosaikunda hinterland, is increasing notably these days. According to officiating Chief Conservation Officer of the Langtang National Park, Office, Keshav Raj Bhetwal, over 1,500 visitors have visited the area so far since the beginning of current fiscal year adding that over 50 people daily visit here. The number is markedly higher than previous years. Over Rs 5.3 million has been..

Spanish trekker, 3 Nepalese guides killed in Nepal landslide

KATHMANDU, (AP): Officials say a Spanish trekker and three Nepalese guides were killed and six other people were injured when they were hit by a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Nepal's northern mountains. Government administrator Narayan Prasad Bhatta said the landslide occurred Thursday near Kerauja village. Officials did not immediately release the name of the Spanish man. They were on a trekking trail heading toward Mount Manaslu, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of the..

Namaste Nepal

By Ammu Kannampilly, KATHMANDU, (AFP): I didn't expect to cover so much tragedy when I began my posting in Nepal. My three-year tenure was punctuated by natural disasters, deadly protests and a months-long blockade along the Nepal-India border that choked off essential supplies to a country already reeling from its worst earthquake in 80 years. Along the way, I travelled to some of the world's most inaccessible and stunning spots -- often on foot -- and met some extraordinary..

Nepal probing ‘fake Everest claims’ of Pune Police couple

KATHMANDU: Nepal has launched a probe to verify the claims made by an Indian police couple of having scaled the Mount Everest after it was alleged that they faked their expedition to the peak’s summit by morphing photographs. Tarakeshwari and Dinesh Rathod, who are serving as constables in Pune Police, had claimed on June 5 that they became the first Indian couple to scale the Everest on May 23. They had obtained summit certificates from Nepal’s Department of Tourism by allegedly..

Documentary ‘Nepal is Safe for Tourism’ prepared

KATHMANDU: Singer and tourist guide Ensu Rai has come up with a documentary ‘Nepal is safe for Tourism Forever’. The documentary spanning three minutes and 11 seconds has shots of ascents to the world’s highest summit Mount Everest and vista of Himalayas. Six months after the devastating earthquake, Rai had also organized a live musical concert at the altitude of 6,471 metres to give a message that Nepal is safe for tourism. The documentary has also depicted the panorama of Pattale..

249 tourists enter Nepal since 2010 via Kailali check point

DHANGADHI: A total of 249 tourists from third countries entered Nepal from 2010 till May of 2016 through the Kailai border check point. Forty-five foreign tourists entered Nepal via the border check point in 2015, according to the Immigration Office. Similarly, 32 tourists came via the check point in 2010, 44 in 2011, 40 in 2012, 29 in 2013 and 35 in 2014 via. Office Chief Deepak Khadka said that 24 tourists entered Nepal in first five months of 2016. Lack of physical infrastructure for easy..

Marine becomes first veteran wounded in combat to summit Mt. Everest

By JERICKA DUNCAN, NEW YORK: On this Memorial Day we remember a Marine's remarkable journey -- one which nearly ended on a minefield in Afghanistan. Instead, he became the first veteran -- wounded in combat -- to summit Mount Everest. It took Charlie Linville seven weeks to reach the top of Mt. Everest. This was his third attempt. And he did it with a five-pound prosthesis strapped to his thigh. "I've pushed my body to the ultimate extreme and came out victorious," he said. "And so that's..

Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers

BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU, (AP): Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli praised the men at the ceremony in Kathmandu, where they were presented with bouquets and given checks for 50,000 rupees ($460). "The secret behind the more than 400 climbers ascending Mount Everest..

As bodies return from Everest, relatives struggle to cope

KATHMANDU, (AP): Climbers on Friday found the body of one of two Indians who went missing near the top of Mount Everest, while a helicopter brought back the body of an Australian woman who died on the mountain. Worsening weather was forcing everyone to descend to safety, with the last missing climber presumed dead. The discovery of Paresh Chandra Nath's body brings the official Everest death toll this year to four. Searchers were unable to find the body of a fifth climber, Gautam Ghosh, who..

Nepal to honour 9 hero Sherpas on International Everest Day

KATHMANDU: Nine Sherpa 'icefall doctors', who risked their lives to fix ropes on the Mount Everest after last year's devastating earthquakes, will be honoured by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on May 29 which is being celebrated as the 9th International Everest Day . The Sherpas will be given a cash award of Rs 50,000 each along with certificates of appreciation by the Prime Minister, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). "Had they not fixed the ropes..

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