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

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