Everest diamond jubilee celebration kicks off

KATHMANDU: Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent to Mt. Everest is being celebrated with various promotional programmes from today upon reaching 60 years of the setting foot on the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest by a human being.
During the four-day festival, a two-day international conference is being organized on ‘ Potentials of Nepal’s mountain tourism development and negative impact made from the climate change’ at Khumjung on the lap of Mt. Everest, today. Continue Reading→ 

Flights resume in Lukla airport

SOLUKHUMBU: Flights have resumed in the Lukla airport, on the lap of Mt Everest, in Solukhumbu district on Friday morning. The flights were disrupted due to bad weather for the past two days.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Lukla, aircraft of Tara Air and Sita Air made flights to and from the Tenzing-Hillary Airport as the weather improved this morning.Likewise, helicopters have also resumed their service. Continue Reading→

Nepal to celebrate diamond jubilee of first Everest ascent

Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay /Image: Jamling Tenzing Norgay

KATHMANDU, May 22: The government is organizing various programs to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of the Mt Everest.
“On May 26, International Everest Conference will be held in Khumjung, tree plantation program will be carried out at Hillary Park and paper presentation will be made by experts on mountaineering and climate change,” Subash Nirola, officiating CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), told a press meet on Wednesday.National and international experts in tourism and mountaineering have been invited to attend the conference. Similarly, meeting of Sagarmatha Tourism Coordination Forum with the local stakeholders will be held in Khumjung on May 27. 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→

Japanese climber‚ 80‚ becomes oldest atop Everest

KATHMANDU: An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest — although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week.
Yuichiro Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time Thursday, according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura’s Tokyo-based support team. Continue Reading→

Rato Machhindranath coconut throwing ceremony concludes

KATHAMNDU, May 21:Though it boasts important cultural and historical essence, Rato Machhindranath Jatra on Tuesday once again celebrated the male supremacy over female, among other things.
According to Dil Kumar Barahi, who has been leading the chariot and the Machhindranath construction team since very long, the coconut throwing ceremony observed on Tuesday has much to do with a preference for son as the one who catches the coconut is believed to be blessed with a son. Continue Reading→

Rafting fest on May 25

As a part of celebrating its silver jubilee, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organizing ´Silver Jubilee Rafting Festival -2013´ on May 25.
At a press meet organized here on Sunday, Nanikaji Thapa, president of NARA, said the event would promote Nepal as an adventure tourism destination.The rafting will be organized on Belkhu Bridget to Malekhu section of Trishuli River. The association is expecting participation of around 700 people, including foreign tourists. 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→

Turkish Airlines to start Ktm flights from Sept

KATHMANDU: Turkish Airlines — one of the leading European airlines — will start direct flights to Kathmandu from Istanbul from September.
The airlines will be flying on Istanbul-Kathmandu route four times a week, starting from September 1, according to general manager of the airlines for Northern and Eastern India Adnan Aykac.
The airlines will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week, he said, adding that it wants to be a partner airline of Nepal. “Nepal can utilise opportunity to attract more loyal tourists from west,” he added.Continue reading→

Tourism team to go on China sales mission

KATHMANDU, MAY 13 – A 35-member team of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are scheduled to go on a China sales mission on May 15 in a bid to promote Nepal in China. The delegation will visit Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and Xian. The mission will conclude on May 24, according to NATTA. Continue Reading→