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3 Bodies Found Buried on Peak Near Everest

They belong to French climbers missing on Kangtega since Oct. 26

(Newser) - Three French climbers appear to have died in an avalanche on a peak near Mount Everest last month. The bodies of Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche, and Louis Pachoud were recovered from Kangtega mountain in Nepal's remote Solukhumbu district on Monday, a day after they were discovered under more than...

2 Climbers Die on Everest
US, Swiss Climbers
Die on Everest

US, Swiss Climbers Die on Everest

They are first to die on mountain since 2019

(Newser) - Two foreign climbers have become the first to die on Mount Everest since 2019. Expedition organizers say Puwel Lui, a 55-year-old American national, reached the Hillary Step outcrop below the summit but had to turn back due to snow blindness and exhaustion, AFP reports. He was helped back to Camp...

Social Distancing Reaches Everest
China to Draw
Line on Everest

China to Draw Line on Everest

Government wants its climbers to keep their distance from Nepal's during outbreak

(Newser) - COVID-19 restrictions have reached the top of the world. After an increase in coronavirus cases on Mount Everest, China plans a "line of separation" at the summit to keep climbers from its side from coming into close contact with climbers from Nepal, the BBC reports. Everest is on the...

In 2019, Sherpa Broke Everest Record. Now, Yet Again

Kami Rita Sherpa has climbed world's tallest mountain 25 times

(Newser) - For the past 27 years, Kami Rita Sherpa has been ascending and descending Mount Everest, part of expedition teams bent on conquering the mountain. In 2019, the Nepalese man set a world record for the most summits of the world's tallest mountain, making it to the top and back...

India's Neighbor Sees Deadly COVID Flare-Up

Signs indicate impending crisis in Nepal could be worse than in India

(Newser) - Coronavirus isn't just spreading at Nepal's Everest Base Camp , but across the country, and in numbers that suggest it could be headed for a worse crisis than in neighboring India . Within a month, Nepal has gone from 100 daily COVID-19 cases to 8,600. That's about the...

At Everest Base Camp, 'Coughing Everywhere'

Some think Nepal is hiding real numbers of coronavirus cases to keep mountain open

(Newser) - This is the peak time of year to climb Mount Everest, before monsoon season hits. But the Guardian notes 2021's climbing season may now be up in the air, as a COVID outbreak at the base camp in Nepal has led to "many" infections in a country already...

COVID Reaches Mount Everest
Everest Climber Tests Positive

Everest Climber Tests Positive

Mountain guide says mass COVID-19 testing is urgently needed

(Newser) - The coronavirus has conquered the world's highest mountain. A Norwegian climber became the first to be tested for COVID-19 in Mount Everest base camp and was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu, where he was hospitalized. Erlend Ness tells the AP that he tested positive on April 15. He says...

Left Alone, Rhinos Increase in Number

Lack of tourists and more investment have aided habitat in Nepal

(Newser) - Nepal has counted 752 one-horned rhinos in four national parks, the most in more than 20 years, and the pandemic could be one of the reasons for the increase. No survey has found more than 650 since 2000, CNN reports; the population was 645 in 2015. Listed as a vulnerable...

They Said They Summited Everest. Their Photo Said Otherwise
They Said They
Summited Everest.
Their Photo Said Otherwise
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They Said They Summited Everest. Their Photo Said Otherwise

Shadows were one issue

(Newser) - Two Indian climbers who claimed to have summited Mount Everest, making them eligible for national awards, actually faked the ascent. That's according to authorities in Nepal, who began investigating after questions were raised about the pair's 2016 summit photo. At first glance, Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani...

Everest's New Height Was Guarded Like 'a Military Secret'

Nepal, China come to agreement that world's highest mountain is 29,032 feet

(Newser) - If you're keeping tabs on how tall Mount Everest is, make sure to refresh the page you had open from the last time you checked. Due to tectonic pressure, weathering, and earthquakes (especially a major 2015 temblor), among other factors, the world's highest mountain is constantly experiencing a...

Outbreak Closes Mount Everest
Outbreak Closes
Mount Everest

Outbreak Closes Mount Everest

Nepal cancels climbing permits 'as a precaution'

(Newser) - Even Mount Everest is shutting down. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Nepal's government on Friday said all climbing permits covering the period running from Saturday through April 30 would be canceled; China canceled expeditions launched from the northern side of the mountain on Thursday, reports the BBC . "Climbing...

After Woman's Death, First Arrest Made in Age-Old Custom
Another Death Prompts First
Arrest in Age-Old Custom
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Another Death Prompts First Arrest in Age-Old Custom

Brother-in-law arrested in Nepal after woman dies in menstruation hut on cold night

(Newser) - It's called "chhaupadi," an age-old practice in Nepal in which women are forced out of the home while menstruating and into makeshift huts, even in the bitter cold. The nation outlawed the practice last year, but the custom persists. Now, however, a young woman's death has...

Indian Army Claims 'Photographic Evidence' of Yeti

Footprints reportedly spotted this month in Nepal

(Newser) - The Indian army claims it has "photographic evidence" of the mythical yeti. Members of the army's mountaineering expedition team snapped photos of what appear to be footprints near the base camp of Nepal's Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, on April 9. The decision...

'Serious Issue' on Everest: Exploding Oxygen Tanks

Nepal bans old oxygen cylinders faulted by climbers

(Newser) - British TV presenter Ben Fogle was suffocating. "It felt like losing my scuba tanks under water and I only had one gulp of breath," he told the Sunday Times last year of the moment his oxygen supply cylinders exploded near Mount Everest's summit. Though Fogle's expedition...

Dangerous Airport Claims 3 More Lives

Plane hits helicopter on takeoff at Nepal's Lukla Airport near Everest

(Newser) - It's got a short runway and sits among mountains in the Everest region, two big reasons why Nepal's Lukla Airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. That became clear again on Sunday, when a small passenger plane struck a stationary helicopter on takeoff, killing...

Probe Into Deadly Crash Cites Pilot's 'Emotional Breakdown'

51 people died in the US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 crash

(Newser) - In August, a leaked draft of the investigation into a deadly plane crash in Nepal suggested an insult directed at the pilot may have contributed to the crash. Now, the official release of the report confirms that. Per Reuters , it states that Captain Abid Sultan , 52, "seemed to have...

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

9 Die in Nepal Climbing Disaster
9 Die in Nepal
Climbing Disaster

9 Die in Nepal Climbing Disaster

Storm swept through their base camp

(Newser) - Nine people, including South Korean climbers, were killed on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp, Nepalese police say. The nine climbers who died included Kim Chang-ho, the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8,000 meters without using supplemental oxygen....

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...

Insult Reportedly Frazzled Pilot Before Fatal Crash

Inquiry suggests he suffered a breakdown, distracted the pilot at the controls in Nepal

(Newser) - A former Bangladesh air force pilot was in the midst of an emotional breakdown when an airliner crashed in Nepal's capital in March, killing 51 people, according to a leaked copy of the draft investigation report. It says US-Bangla Airlines Captain Abid Sultan appeared to "suffer an emotional...

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