Annapurna alternative trekking route opens Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

LAMJUNG: An alternative route to the round-Annapurna trekking has come into operation.  The Manang-Lamjung Hotel Entrepreneurs Committee brought the alternative route into operation after the trekking was affected due to the construction of a motor road up to Manang. The route was formally..

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Ministry preparing to begin flights to Australia, Cambodia Sunday, June 25th, 2017

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is doing homework to begin air services with Australia and Cambodia.  Joint Secretary at the Ministry, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, said that talks were going on with the representatives of both the countries to sign agreements for direct..

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Nepal to deport Everest climber after illegal Tibet crossing Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Nepal said Wednesday it would deport a Polish climber who illegally entered the country by crossing from Tibet at the summit of Mount Everest. Janusz Adam Adamski, 49, climbed the world's highest peak in May from the northern route in Tibet before descending on the southern side..

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445 climbers reach Mount Everest this spring: Nepal Monday, June 12th, 2017

By Shirish B Pradhan, KATHMANDU: A total of 445 climbers have reached the Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, this spring season which ended on May 31, the Nepal government said. Of them 190 were foreigners, 223 mountain guides and 32 fee paying Nepalese climbers, according to Department..

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Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest Monday, May 29th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (AP): 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..

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Nepal lets Everest permit dodger off $22,000 fine Saturday, May 27th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Nepal said Friday a South African who tried to climb Mount Everest without a permit can go home without paying a $22,000 fine, but banned him from mountaineering there for 10 years. Ryan Sean Davy, 43, was found hiding in a cave near Everest base camp nearly two weeks ago after..

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SA Everest permit dodger arrested in Nepal Thursday, May 18th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (AFP): A South African who attempted to climb Mount Everest without permission has been arrested in Nepal where he faces a $22 000 fine - double the cost of the permit he was trying to avoid. Ryan Sean Davy handed himself in to authorities in Kathmandu on Tuesday after being caught last..

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With more climbers traffic jam feared Monday, April 17th, 2017

SOLUKHUMBU: A surging number of mountaineering expedition teams at Mt Everest is posing a risk of ‘traffic jam’ on one of the world’s most treacherous climbing routes. The expedition teams arrive a month before at the Everest Base Camp to acclimatise before climbing the highest peak in..

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Nepal is using GPS to catch Mount Everest cheaters Monday, March 20th, 2017

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..

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Dreaming Of Nepal – A Woman’s Journey Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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..

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Spanish trekker, 3 Nepalese guides killed in Nepal landslide Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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..

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Namaste Nepal Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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..

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Nepal probing ‘fake Everest claims’ of Pune Police couple Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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..

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Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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..

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As bodies return from Everest, relatives struggle to cope Friday, May 27th, 2016

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..

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Nepal to honour 9 hero Sherpas on International Everest Day Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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..

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