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

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.

Their protest at Base Camp led to the cancellation Continue reading

Susmita Maskey conquering the crown of each continent with her flag.

Susmita Maskey at Mt. Denali with her national flag.

Susmita Maskey at Mt. Denali with her national flag.

Kathmandu: To experience the apex of a mountain is a dream for millions of people, climbers and poets, collectively, all over the world. Susmita Maskey apparently is in the hot-spot to receive envious rays from wide range of mountaineers and climbers because, in contrast to this tough dream, she has climbed six different highest peaks from six different continents, respectively. 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→

Diamond jubilee medals handed over to Everest summiteers

KATHMANDU, May 29: The government on Wednesday awarded Everest Diamond Jubilee medals to record-setting Everest summiteers to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world´s tallest mountain.
Khil Raj Regmi, chairman of the interim election government, awarded the medals to 40 national and international climbers. Nepal has been celebrating the diamond jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Everest by organizing series of programs in Kathmandu and Khumbu Region from May 26-29. 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 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→