China is expecting to connect Nepal via tunnel under the Everest by 2020

Ticket to HeavenChina is considering extending a railway line linking the country to Nepal via a tunnel under Mount Everest, according to Chinese state media.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway already links the rest of China with the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, and beyond, and an extension running as far as the international border is already being planned “at Nepal’s request”, the China Daily quoted a railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering as saying. Continue reading

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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→ 

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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→

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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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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→

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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→

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3-day event planned to mark 60th anniversary of first Everest ascent

The government has decided to organise a three-day event to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (60th Anniversary) of the first ascent of the Mt Everest. According to government officials, the gala event has been planned from May 27-29.
On May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal stepped atop the world’s highest peak Mt Everest (8,848 metres) at 11:30 am over the South Route. Continue Reading→

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Google Maps adds view from Mt Everest

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to scenes woven into its popular online map service.

Arm chair explorers were invited to take virtual adventures with members of Google’s Street View team to Aconcagua in South America; Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Mount Everest base camp in Nepal. Continue reading

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