Nepal preps for busy year as hundreds cleared to climb Everest Thursday, April 26th, 2018

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Hundreds of adventurers have been granted permits to climb Mount Everest, officials in Nepal said Thursday (Apr 26), foreshadowing another bumper year despite concerns about overcrowding on the world's highest mountain. Tourism authorities have granted 346 mountaineers permission..

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400 mountaineers trek towards base camp Thursday, April 19th, 2018

KATHMANDU: With spring season on set, some 400 mountaineers have left for the Everest base camp from Namche. The mountaineers forming 40 groups have so far left the base camp getting registered at Mt Everest Pollution and Control Committee for the Everest. For climbing three peaks, a same base..

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Commercial rafting on Budhiganga River begins Sunday, April 15th, 2018

ACHHAM: Here is good news for those wishing to take experience of river adventure. Commercial rafting has formally started in the Budhiganga River of Achham district. Masto Outdoor Company, Kathmandu has started offering rafting trips from Sanfe to Jimradi of Chitre, the religious site in the..

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Three Indian former ambassadors trekking around Dolpa Saturday, April 14th, 2018

TRIPURAKOT: Three former ambassadors of India to Nepal have arrived here for observing the natural beauty and religious heritages in Dolpa district. Former Indian ambassadors Ranjit Raya, Deb Mukherjee and Shyam Saran have come here on a 15-day visit. The former envoys said that they have come on..

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226 mountaineers set off for climbing Mt. Everest Sunday, April 8th, 2018

KATHMANDU: The total 45 groups of mountaineers have acquired permission so far to climb various mountains, including the highest peak of the world Sagarmatha (Mount Everest), Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Amadablam this spring season, according to the Department of Tourism. Of them including mountaineers..

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Number of tourists visiting Khumbu climbs this year Friday, April 6th, 2018

SOLUKHUMBU: The number of tourists visiting Khumbu area, the gateway to the world's highest mountain, Mt Everest, has crossed three thousand in the month of Fagun (February 13 to March 14) this year. Three thousand two hundred and forty four visitors from various countries visited Khumbu in this..

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Spring begins, climbers start flocking to mountains Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

CB Adhikari, KATHMANDU: With the onset of spring season, the most favourable season for mountain climbing in Nepal, mountaineers have started flocking to the mountains including Sagarmatha, the world's highest peak. The Department of Tourism said that a total of 23 teams till Monday have been..

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Silwal among top 100 guides in the world Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

KATHMANDU: Nepali tour guide Ashok Silwal has been included in the 'top 100 guides' of the world. As a result,, the largest online portal of tour guides and tour operators has honoured him with the 'Global Tour Guide Award 2018'. The best 100 was selected from among more than..

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Double amputee can attempt Mt. Everest after Nepal lifts ban Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

After a change of heart, authorities in Nepal are allowing a double amputee who was banned from climbing Mt. Everest to reach his lifelong dream. Hari Budha Magar was originally denied permission by the Nepalese tourism office to climb the world’s tallest peak because he doesn’t have legs. The..

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SC says people with disabilities too can go for expedition Thursday, March 8th, 2018

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court (SC) has paved way to scale the mountains to the visually impaired and people with physical disabilities. A constitutional bench of Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli, Justices Dipak Raj Joshi, Om Prakash Mishra, Cholendra Shumsher JBR and Dipak Kumar Karki scrapped the..

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Nepal losing out to China as Everest operators cross mountain Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Poor regulation and overcrowding are pushing Everest climbers away from Nepal to China, which is investing millions to boost a rival path to the top of the world. Veteran climbing outfits, fed up with what they regard as a lax attitude to safety on Nepal's southern flank of the..

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It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..