Everest climbing over for the season with 400 plus summits Thursday, May 26th, 2016

KATHMANDU: This season’s Mount Everest climbing bids were over on Wednesday with more than 400 persons reaching the top of the world. As many as 34 expeditions participated in the Everest climbing this spring, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT). Mountaineering in Nepal which saw the..

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Hopes of Reviving Mountain Tourism Soar in Nepal Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Anjana Pasricha, NEW DELHI, (VOA): Hundreds of colorful tents dotting the base camp at Mount Everest bustle with activity as scores of cooks, porters, sherpa mountain guides and medical teams prepare for the arduous trek up jagged, snow-clad paths to the world’s highest peak. Over 200 climbers..

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Three more ascend Mt Everest Sunday, May 15th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Three more mountaineers successfully reached atop the summit of Mount Everest today bringing total number of ascents to 45 since the start of this year's climbing season. Two Nepali nationals and one foreigner scaled Mt Everest, Department of Tourism Mountaineering Section Chief,..

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27 mountaineers, including 13 Nepalis, scale Mt Everest Friday, May 13th, 2016

KATHMANDU: A total of 27 mountaineers, including 13 Nepalis, have made it to the top of the Mount Everest on Friday. They were recorded to have ascended the highest peak of the world in the afternoon, according to Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha of Mountaineering Section at the Department of Tourism..

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97 mountaineering teams off to different peaks Monday, May 9th, 2016

KATHMANDU: A total 97 mountaineering expedition teams comprising 1,432 members from various countries have set out to different peaks including the world’s highest Mount Everest, this season. Of them, 34 have set out to the Mt Everest. According to Tourism Department’s Director General..

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Plunging costs fuel safety fears on the world’s highest peak Saturday, April 30th, 2016

KATHMANDU, (AFP): After 17 years of helping climbers reach the roof of the world, Argentinian Damian Benegas won’t be returning to Everest this year, frozen out of the business by cheaper and some say dangerous operators. “It’s impossible to convince clients to pay us $65,000 for an..

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A Trekking Adventure in Post-Quake Nepal Thursday, April 28th, 2016

We were trekking above Eastern Nepal’s valleys, their slopes sculpted into terraced fields, when we hit a half-mile-long run of stone steps. They lead up from a holy lake, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, that sits at 9,840 feet in Solukhumbu, a region of the Himalayas also home to Everest...

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Despite back-to-back disasters, climbers return to Everest Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP, (AP): When the earthquake struck last year and thousands of tons of snow and ice and earth came crashing down the mountain, some feared the climbers might never return to Mount Everest. But despite back-to-back Everest disasters – the 2015 earthquake and a massive..

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Nepal’s female climbers blaze trails for their gender Sunday, April 17th, 2016

KATHMANDU, (AFP): When a deadly avalanche hit Mount Everest a year ago, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, one of the few Nepali women with expertise in climbing the world's highest peaks, headed straight there to help. A gifted mountaineer who had summited Everest by the age of 22, she is part of a new..

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Nepal extends Everest climbing permits after quake, avalanche Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

By Binaj Gurubacharya, KATHMANDU, (AP): Climbers turned back from Mount Everest by a deadly earthquake and avalanche last year will be able to attempt to scale the world’s tallest peak again this year or next without paying new permit fees, Nepal said Tuesday. The April 25 earthquake killed..

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Nepal to woo Chinese tourists with free visas Saturday, December 26th, 2015

BY GOPAL SHARMA, KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): Nepal will grant free visas to visitors from neighbouring China as the Himalayan nation seeks to rebuild its tourist industry after two devastating earthquakes in April that killed nearly 9,000 people. The first of Nepal's tremors struck during the peak of..

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Why Nepal should be part of your travel bucket list Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Krista Garcia, KATHMANDU: If you’re wondering where to go next, Nepal – home to 8 of the tallest peaks in the world – should be on top of your list. This South Asian country is a mountainous region that shares borders with China and India. Located in the Himalayan range, Nepal is the home of..

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US issues travel warning to its citizens in Nepal Friday, October 9th, 2015

Washington, DC: The US has warned its nationals against traveling to Nepal citing concern about recent incidents of violence in the earthquake-ravaged country which might affect its tourism sector. "While the frequency and severity of aftershocks have greatly diminished, the possibility of..

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The news that Government of Nepal has unilaterally altered the border map with India has shocked many people, particularly in India, who wonder why Nepal government has..