Government of Nepal extends individual mountaineering permits

Kathmandu, March 19 – The government today amended the mountaineering regulation allowing all climbers who had abandoned their expeditions to Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse last spring to use their individual permits till 2019.

A meeting of the council of ministers held at the prime minister’s residence this afternoon endorsed a proposal submitted by the Continue reading

Everest climbers to be feliciated in Barcelona

Everest ExpeditionLONDON, May 13 : Mount Everest climbers from around the globe will be honored in Barcelona, Spain on the occasion of Nepal Promotion Day jointly organized by Nepali Embassy in France, Non- Resident Nepalese Association Spain and Nepali Consulate in Barcelona.

According to Nepali Ambassador to France Mohan Krishna Shrestha, on the occasion some four dozens Spanish Everest climbers will be honored amidst a function on June 6. Continue reading

Validity of permits to scale Everest extended for five years

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKATHMANDU: The government today agreed to honour the permits issued to scale Mt Everest this season for up to five years.

A high-level joint team led by Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Acharya announced at a meeting with the agitating mountaineering support staff and guides at the Everest Base Camp that the permits issued to mountaineers this season would be valid for five years.

“We have appealed to the sirdars, climbers and guides, among other stakeholders, to continue climbing, expressing commitment to address their demands,” Joint Secretary of MoTCA Madhu Sudhan Burlakoti said. Continue reading

Snowfall hits Everest climbing activities

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKATHMANDU: Incessant snowfall at the Everest Base Camp has started affecting climbing activities and is taking a toll on mountaineers, officials and doctors stationed there said.

“Weather condition is not normal with the base camp witnessing snowfall for the last three days,” said Krishna Lamsal, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Lamsal, who leads a team of government officials at the base camp contact office, also informed over phone that nearly 500 persons, including climbers and their support staff, Continue reading

Mountaineers throng Everest with onset of spring summit season

Everest ExpeditionKATHMANDU: Mt Everest has drawn mountaineers from at least 41 countries to her cold embrace as the year’s spring climbing season begins.

Nearly 300 mountaineers including 16-year-old Mathew Momiz and William Mithcell Burkey, 73, from the US and female climbers Deerness Joy Christine, 65, from New Zealand and Australian Azer Alyssa Nicole, 18, have headed towards the Everest region, officials at the Mountaineering Department at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation said. The department has permitted 75 expeditions including 28 for Mt Everest, generating royalty worth more than US$ 3.32 million. US$ 2.9 million is from Everest alone. Continue reading

Mexican climber sets Everest record with double summit

KATHMANDU: A veteran Mexican climber was confirmed on Thursday as the first person to climb Everest from both sides of the mountain in the same season.
David Liano Gonzalez, 33, reached the top of Everest on May 11 from the south side, and days later started his second successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain from the north side.Gonzalez, who says he has now climbed Everest five times in total, was awarded the official record certificate from Guinness World Records at a ceremony in the Nepal capital on Thursday. Continue Reading→

Indian girl scales Mt Everest on prosthetic leg

LOBUCHE, SOLUKHUMBU, May 26:  Climbing Everest is considered gutsy even for able-bodied people for the risks involved in attempting the feat. But an Indian girl has surprised the whole world by scaling the summit on a prosthetic leg.
Arunima Sinha, 25, of Uttar Pradesh, who had her left leg amputated two years ago, scaled the 8,848 meters peak at 10:55 am on Tuesday. “We reached the summit on 21st May and I forgot all the difficulties we had faced on the way,” said the former national volleyball player of India on Saturday. Continue Reading→ 

Everest sees historic number of ascents

KATHMANDU, MAY 22 – The highest peak in the world, Mt Everest, has seen a historic number of successful climbers this year. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, 467 climbers successfully reached the highest point on earth from Nepal or the south side as of Wednesday. And, the spring expedition on Everest is yet to be over.
“The figure is the highest ever on the top of Everest,” spokesperson of the ministry Mohan Krishna Sapkota said. “There are a number of climbers still waiting for their turn in the Everest balcony.” Continue Reading→

Everest summiteers set slew of records on sunny Sunday

KATHMANDU: With barely a few days remaining for the climbing season to come to an end, mountaineers made full use of a clear weather window today to set several new records by summiting the world’s highest peak.
David Liano Gonzalez, 33, set a new world record by scaling Mt Everest twice in one climbing season; British explorer Daniel Hughes, who spoke to the BBC from the top of the world’s highest mountain using his smartphone, became the first person to give a live interview from the roof of the world; British mountaineer Kenton Cool reached Everest summit for the 11th time, a record for any British climber; and Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to scale the world’s highest peak. Continue Reading→