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30 Years After They Vanished on the Mountain, 'Closure'

Steve Aisthorpe grateful that 2 friends who disappeared in Himalayas in 1988 have been found

(Newser) - The bodies of those who succumb to the Himalayan mountains likely stay on the slopes forever—it's often too difficult, dangerous, and costly to retrieve them. That fact didn't stop Steve Aisthorpe of Scotland from his recent mission on the Nepal-Tibet border: to get "closure" on the... More »

New Risk for Climbers in Nepal: Your Guide May Scam You

Companies push air rescues for minor reasons, then reap big profits

(Newser) - Since a deadly 2015 earthquake, Nepal's 2,600 trekking companies have had to lower their rates to attract a smaller pool of explorers eyeing Himalayan peaks. They've made up for the lost income with what a government report describes as a multimillion-dollar insurance scam involving tour operators, helicopter... More »

This Is the Highest Spot on Planet for Amazon Deliveries

Leh, India, is in the Himalayas, demonstrates the company's reach

(Newser) - A writer for the Atlantic tried delivering packages for Amazon for a single day in San Francisco and came to regret it . The same isn't true for Eshay Rangdol. The New York Times takes a fascinating look at the lengths—or, rather, heights—Amazon is going to in order... More »

Climber Attempts 'Suicidal' K2 Ascent, Quickly Changes Mind

Denis Urubko abandoned team after argument, is forced back to base camp

(Newser) - A climber who abandoned a Polish team following a dispute with fellow mountaineers to attempt a solo ascent of K2, the world's second-highest peak, returned to base camp on Monday because of bad weather, reports the AP . The news dispelled concerns expressed by the other climbers after Denis Urubko... More »

Scientists Test 'Yeti' DNA, Unravel the Legend

New research suggests the man-like creature is just a bear

(Newser) - Yeti sightings have been reported in the Himalayas for centuries, with onlookers describing a man-like creature that some say is similar to a bear . In a sense, they got one thing right. DNA from purported yeti samples collected in Nepal and Tibet reveal the mysterious beasts and bears are likely... More »

Drugs, Hikes, and Vanishings in the Himalayas

Justin Shetler disappeared in September on a pilgrimage—and he's apparently not the first

(Newser) - Justin Shetler's last blog post was in August of this year, detailing how he'd just been invited on a Himalayan pilgrimage by a local holy man, or "baba"; his last photo on Instagram (posted around the same time) noted he "should be back to the Internet... More »

Rescue Dogs Hunt for Hiker in Nepal Lost 12 Days

Searchers say Dennis Lee Thian Poh could still be alive

(Newser) - Hope is fading by the hour at this point, but rescue teams in Nepal say a hiker who has been missing 12 days could well be alive—assuming he merely got lost and not seriously injured in a fall. Rescuers with four trained dogs are combing the area of the... More »

Ancient Canyon Found Buried Deep in Tibet

Geologists say it appears to have formed in an unusual way

(Newser) - A very old and very deep canyon lies alongside the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet, near the eastern end of the Himalayas, and its recent discovery is prompting geologists to rethink a popular model currently used to explain how the gorges of the Himalayas came to form so quickly... More »

Man Sacrificed Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard

Hikers say porter Pasang Tamang gave them 'second lease [on] life'

(Newser) - An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed at least 29 lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing... More »

27 Now Dead After Blizzard in Nepal; Dozens Missing

Small tea shop provided refuge for survivors

(Newser) - Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies today in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead. About 70 people were still missing along or near the popular Annapurna trail,... More »

20 Climbers Dead, Dozens Missing in Himalayas Storm

Blizzard, avalanches trap scores of hikers on mountains

(Newser) - Another catastrophe in the Himalayas, where a sudden blizzard and a series of avalanches have killed more than 20 climbers and left dozens more missing, reports the BBC . About half the victims so far are foreigners, though no Americans are among them. The death toll in Nepal has already surpassed... More »

Climbers Discover New Top Peak in Burma

Remote Mt. Gamlang highest in all SE Asia, team says

(Newser) - Burma may new have a new tallest mountain, according to a US-Burmese mountaineering team that trekked through jungles crawling with cobras, made a brief, illegal detour through Chinese-controlled Tibet, and survived a terrifying 600-foot drop into a crevice on their way to the top of what has long been thought... More »

Dog Saved From Dump Climbs Mt. Everest

Rupee thought to be first to achieve feat

(Newser) - Mount Everest has its first known canine climber: a dog who was rescued from near death at an Indian dump. Rupee was adopted by South African golfer Joanne Lefson, who had taken her previous dog, Oscar, around the world (and has written an upcoming book about it). Her latest adventure... More »

'68 Himalayas Crash Site Yields a Body

India retrieves an army officer 45 years later

(Newser) - The Indian army lost 102 personnel in 1968 when a transport plane vanished in the Himalayas, and 45 years later the military is bringing the body of one of them home. A scouting mission in dangerous terrain at 18,000 feet recovered the body of Havaldar Jagmail Singh, identified through... More »

New Threat in Himalayas' Glacial Melt: Tsunamis

Villagers could have just minutes' warning

(Newser) - Tsunamis can occur far from the ocean, and climate change is increasing the risk of disaster in one of the more unlikely places on Earth: the Himalayas. Lakes are forming more frequently in the area thanks to glacial melting, and when a natural dam breaks—due to erosion, water pressure,... More »

India to Let US Search Himalayas for WWII Remains

Sensitivities with China may have blocked past recovery efforts

(Newser) - The remains of hundreds of American servicemen and the wreckage of their planes have been scattered across the most remote reaches of the Himalayas since World War II. Yesterday, however, India agreed to let teams from the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command search for and recover those remains. The Washington ... More »

6 Survive Nepal Plane Crash

Aircraft hits hill on approach to Jomsom airport

(Newser) - A plane carrying 21 people crashed in the Himalayas this morning as it was attempting a landing in the north of Nepal. At least 15 people were killed, reports the BBC . The Agni Air plane crashed into a hillside about a mile from the Jomsom airport, a hub for trekkers.... More »

In Global Warming Twist, Some Asian Glaciers Growing

Karakoram range bucking trend of most Himalayan glaciers

(Newser) - Global warming is melting the Himalayan glaciers faster and faster , threatening one of the world's most important fresh water supplies—unless it isn't. The glaciers in at least one part of the Karakoram range are actually putting on mass, and scientists are not sure why, reports the BBC... More »

Avalanche Buries 100 Pakistani Soldiers

They're trapped while at camp in Himalayas

(Newser) - An avalanche along the Pakistan-India border tore into a Pakistan army base high in the Himalayas in the early morning hours today, burying about 100 soldiers, reports the AP . Rescue efforts were under way. The base is located in a valley between two mountains and is the main gateway that... More »

Himalayan Glaciers Melting Fast: Scientists

Key reports released at UN climate conference

(Newser) - The Himalayan glaciers are melting—and quickly, scientists have confirmed for the first time. Over the past three decades, the 10 glaciers surveyed have shrunk by up to 22%, scientists revealed yesterday at a UN climate change conference in South Africa. Bhutan’s glaciers have shrunk 22%, while Nepal’s... More »

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