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159 Feared Dead in Nepal Landslide

Many still buried under rubble after village destroyed

(Newser) - Rescuers recovered nine more bodies today from a massive weekend landslide in northern Nepal, raising the official death toll in the disaster to 19, but say there is no chance of finding alive any of the more than 150 people believed still buried under the rubble. The landslide crushed dozens... More »

Thousands on Risky Hunt for Nepal's 'Viagra'

Harvesting of Yarsagumba could also damage ecosystem

(Newser) - It's June in Nepal, so tens of thousands of people are scouring the nation's remote highlands for so-called "Himalayan Viagra"—a fungus said to boost libidos and ease health woes. But harvesting is a risky job that doesn't pay much compared to the fungus' value... More »

Climber Falls 70 Feet Into Crevasse, Survives

John All was on Nepal's Mount Himlung

(Newser) - An American climber had written himself off for dead after he fell some 70 feet into a mountain crevasse in Nepal on Monday—and yet he managed to survive. John All tells the AP it took him six hours to crawl out of the hole using an ice axe and... More »

Sherpas' Concerns Prompt Climbers to Abandon Everest

Base camp 'increasingly tense'

(Newser) - The future of the climbing season on Mount Everest remains in doubt, and many mountaineers have decided to call it quits. After a deadly avalanche and conflict over relief funds, many sherpas have said they'll halt climbing for the season. That left hundreds of other climbers at base camp,... More »

Nepal Plans Sherpa Fund After Deadly Avalanche

After initially offering $413 to each family

(Newser) - After an Everest avalanche killed a reported 16 Sherpas, Nepal officials are coming around to the idea of coughing up some cash. Following two days of meetings with Sherpa representatives, the government says it will establish a relief fund for Sherpas wounded or killed in mountaineering accidents, the New York ... More »

Meet World's New 'Poorest' Leader

Nepal's Sushil Koirala is a pretty frugal guy

(Newser) - Nepal elected a new prime minister last month, and the Washington Post takes a look at the man it dubs the world's new poorest leader. Sushil Koirala claims to have three possessions, all of them are inexplicably cell phones and one of which doesn't function. And though he'... More »

Nepal May Ban Solo Everest Climbers

All climbers might need local guide

(Newser) - Nepal, in a bid to boost local employment and prevent incidents like last year's nasty Sherpa-climber clash , is thinking about requiring climbers going up Everest or other peaks higher than 26,000 feet to bring local guides with them. "We want to ensure the safety of climbers and... More »

'Zero Tolerance' Nepal Hits Huge Anti-Poaching Milestone

Elephants, tigers, rhinos avoid tragic fate for a full year

(Newser) - Poachers recently killed four rhinoceroses within a week in Kenya; last year, that number was 1,004 in South Africa. But in Nepal, not one was poached in the yearlong span that ended in February—nor were any tigers or elephants, the World Wildlife Fund reports. The country celebrated its... More »

Everest to Climbers: Bring Back 18 Lbs. of Trash

Nepal 'will not compromise' on new rule

(Newser) - On your next trip to Mount Everest, you'll have to bring back a not-so-scenic souvenir: at least 18 pounds of trash. That's according to new rules from the Nepalese government, which is getting sick of junk—to the tune of some 50 tons over six decades—getting left... More »

Coming to Everest: Police

Government security team will be installed at base camp this spring

(Newser) - Come spring, Everest's base camp will be home to a security team designed to prevent brawls like this one . It will be made up of three officers each from Nepal's army, police, and armed police force, assisted by tourism officials, the BBC has learned. The idea of a... More »

Nepal's Retired Goddesses to Get Pensions

Girls lose their exalted status at puberty

(Newser) - It can be tough making the transition from living goddess to mere mortal, so the Nepalese government is here to help. The nation's retired Kumaris will soon get the equivalent of about $160 a month, reports the Economic Times . Kumaris, for the uninitiated, are young girls chosen to be... More »

Buddha's Birthday Wrong by 200 Years: Experts

Archaeologists date timber shrine to the 6th century BC

(Newser) - Buddha may have achieved enlightenment two centuries earlier than experts believe—if an ancient timber shrine can be taken at face value, AFP reports. A team of archaeologists, digging under the temple considered to be Buddha's birthplace, discovered a wooden shrine that dates to the 6th century BC. Problem... More »

Number of Slaves on the Planet: 30M

Victims in 162 countries; half are in India

(Newser) - Slavery continues to afflict almost 30 million people across the planet—in every one of 162 countries surveyed in a new report. India is home to 13.9 million slaves, by far the largest number; relative to population, however, Mauritania has the highest rate, with 4% of the population enslaved... More »

Nepal Cracking Down on Bizarre Everest Attempts

Nepalese officials will be installed at base camp beginning spring 2014

(Newser) - Beginning next spring, climbers hoping to scale Everest will encounter a new group at base camp: government babysitters. Nepal will install a government team at the camp to watch over expedition teams; the move follows that infamous Sherpa-climber brawl earlier this year, the BBC reports. Those at the new post... More »

Japan Climber Becomes Oldest to Scale Everest

Yuichiro Miura, now 80, first conquered mountain at sprightly age of 70

(Newser) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest today—though 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 peak when... More »

Nepal Furious About Phone Call Atop Everest

British climber didn't get permission for interview

(Newser) - One more sign that climbing Everest just ain't what it used to be: When a British mountaineer got to the summit over the weekend, he pulled out his smartphone and gave the BBC a video billed as "the world's first live video call ... from the rooftop of... More »

Everest Has Become a Huge Mess

Literally and figuratively...

(Newser) - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to scale Mount Everest. Back in 1963, it was a feat only a handful of skilled adventurers accomplished. Today, hundreds of often inexperienced, ill-prepared thrill-seekers attempt the ascent every year. Most now survive, but as a result, the mountain has... More »

High on Everest, a Nasty Fight Breaks Out

Police investigating alleged fight between 3 climbers, 100 Sherpas

(Newser) - It sounds basically insane: Climbers and Sherpas brawling, on Everest, more than 20,000 feet in the air. But that's what allegedly happened near the famed mountain's summit on Saturday morning, reports the Independent . In its telling, some 100 Sherpas surrounded and attacked three European climbers—Jonathan Griffith,... More »

TB Patient at Border Traveled Through 13 Countries

Strain he has is especially dangerous and resistant to most drugs

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has a scary story that illustrates just how easy it is for even one person to spread a lethal, drug-resistant disease. US border authorities in South Texas have detained a man trying to sneak across from Mexico who has a rare strain of TB. That's... More »

Wild Leopard Ate 15 Women, Children: Officials

Officials in Nepal offer $300 for death of man-eating creature

(Newser) - A horrific story from western Nepal: Authorities are hunting for a man-eating leopard that may have killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy whose head was found in a forest, CNN reports. At most two leopards are behind the attacks, officials say, because man-eating leopards are so rare—and this... More »

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