Mountaineers Rushing to Everest

Everest Base Camp
On the morning of April 18, 2014, a massive avalanche roared off the mountain’s West Shoulder and swept down over the Khumbu Ice-fall above Base Camp, killing 16 Nepalese porters. Thirteen of them were ethnic Sherpas, who form the backbone of the Everest climbing industry. It was the worst accident in the history of mountaineering on the world’s highest peak.

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Safety Comes First; Everest sees new climbing route

Everest Base CampNepal will change the path next month after a deadly collapse in 2014 killed 16 climbers – the worst single loss of life in expedition history.

The current route up the mountain has been in use since the 1990s.

Mountaineers will now take a more central route after Base Camp, avoiding the left side of the Khumbu Icefall, where last year’s accident occurred.

The fatal avalanche last year triggered a boycott by Sherpa climbers who demanded better wages and conditions.

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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

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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→ 

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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→

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