Himalayas

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Most Killed in Deadly Himalayan Clash Fell to Their Deaths

India and China fought for hours in almost total darkness

(Newser) - "I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans [troops] will not be in vain," said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first public comments on Monday's deadly clash with China along the countries' disputed border. It was the first such confrontation... More »

India, China See First Deadly Clash in 45 Years

At least 20 Indian soldiers killed on disputed border

(Newser) - At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed border high in the Himalayas where thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for over a month, the Indian army said Tuesday. The incident—in which... More »

Amid Lockdown, Residents Gasp at Unexpected Sight

People in India say they can see Himalayas for first time in decades

(Newser) - On a clear day you can see forever—or, suddenly, the Himalayas, if you're a resident of northern India. The world's biggest lockdown due to the coronavirus started in India at the end of March, and everyone staying home in the nation of 1.3 billion people seems... More »

Study to Solve 'Skeleton Lake' Mystery Only Adds to It

Site in Himalayas is home to hundreds of remains from different times, places

(Newser) - The official name is Roopkund Lake, but the inhospitable site in the Indian Himalayas is better known as "Skeleton Lake" for good reason. Scientists estimate the remains of "several hundred" people are scattered around its shores, explains a study in Nature Communications . New research aimed to resolve once... More »

Crews Recover Bodies of 7 Missing Climbers

Search continues for the 8th

(Newser) - A search team has recovered the bodies of seven of the eight climbers missing in the Indian Himalayas for a month. The bodies have not been identified, said a government official in northern India, who said returning them to the base camp will take two or three days, per ABC... More »

Old Spy Images Reveal Bad News for Himalayas

Scientists use them to calculate the melting of glaciers

(Newser) - Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to, the AP reports. The Asian mountain range, which includes Mount Everest, has been losing ice at a rate of about 1% a year since 2000,... More »

Plan to Get to Bodies by Helicopter Doesn't Work

Rescue team may need to climb to get to the 8 who vanished on Nanda Devi East

(Newser) - Indian officials have abandoned their initial plan to retrieve bodies believed to be members of a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain. All eight of the climbers who disappeared May 26 on Nanda Devi East are presumed dead, and the five bodies photographed... More »

Missing Climbers May Not Have Had Permission

8, including 2 Americans, are presumed dead on unnamed peak in India

(Newser) - The news about eight missing climbers in the Indian Himalayas took a grim turn Monday when Indian pilots spotted five bodies amid evidence of an avalanche. High winds and snow kept rescuers from getting to the spot to search for the other three, but one official said the odds of... More »

Bad News in Search for 8 Missing Climbers

Indian pilots spot 5 bodies, and chances of finding any survivors 'almost zero'

(Newser) - Pilots from India searching for eight missing climbers on a Himalayan peak spotted five bodies, but conditions remain too dangerous to retrieve them, reports the Guardian . Prior to that sighting, a government official had declared of the eight, "The chances of survival are almost zero now." The climbers... More »

7 More Climbers Disappear

This time, it isn't Mount Everest

(Newser) - With climbing deaths dogging Mount Everest, CNN reports that seven climbers and their liaison officer have gone missing near a notorious Himalayan peak. The team leader's Facebook posts suggest they were about to climb the difficult Nanda Devi East— the BBC says no one has climbed its 24,000-plus... More »

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... More »

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 »

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