Pokhara culture experts oppose preparation to open Machhapuchhre for climbing

Pokhara, June 29 Culture experts and stakeholders in Pokhara, Nepal’s tourism capital, have opposed the bid of local government to open Mount Machhapuchhre to climbers. The Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality has proposed opening the ‘virgin peak’ for climbing from the next fiscal year claiming it will help locals increase their income by properly utilising available natural resources. Stakeholders have opposed the proposal, arguing that it might put the existence of the mountain, regarded as god by local Gurung community, at...

Mountaineer Kamirita calls for providing social security to Sherpa climbers

Kathmandu,June 24: Among tough resolutions of those enjoying adventurous life, climbing Mount Everest and setting a record may be one. The blissful moment of being atop the highest peak of the world is indeed unrivalled occasion in one’s life. But some climbers are quite reverse to this idea that they take it as a household errand. “I’ve been atop the Everest not to keep record but to guide others to scale it. My task is guiding to climbers. I...

Is it Mt.Everest or Dumping site?

Kathmandu, June 17: Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world´s highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak. “It is disgusting, an eyesore,” Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has summited Everest 18 times, told AFP. “The mountain is carrying tonnes...

This is how supplies for climbers are transported to the base camp

Kathmandu,June 14:Every year hundreds of people climb Mount Everest from Nepal in May. Apart from chartered helicopters, there are no means of transport up to the base camp, where trekkers start the gruelling climb up the highest mountain in the world. The nearest regular commercial flights land at Lukla in Solukhumbhu district of northeastern Nepal – about 65 kilometres from base camp. All the climbers’ equipment and belongings have to be carried this distance by yaks, mules or porters....

Community Homestay Network awarded with the grant prize

Kathmandu, June 12: The Community Homestay Network (CHN), has been selected by Booking.com – as among top 10 world startups in sustainable tourism for 2018, and has been awarded with the grant of € 225,000 from Booking Booster Program. Community Homestay Network (CHN), is a network of Community Homestays in Nepal, which connects global travelers with the real faces of Nepal to facilitate authentic Nepalese experience about Nepalese Culture and Traditions while benefiting to the Local communities all over...

Mountaineer Shailee Basnet helping survivors of trafficking become trekking guides.

Shailee Basnet was the leader of the Seven Summits Women Team that scaled Mt Everest in 2008, making them the most successful all-women expedition to Everest ever. Like all the members of the team, Basnet had scaled numerous personal Everests before she arrived in Everest base camp. “Society’s apprehensions were a big hurdle in the very beginning,” she recalls. But she and her companions leapt over that hurdle, and then some. The Seven Summits Women Team went on to...

A committee formed to control fake insurance claims

Kathmandu, June 06: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed a 5 member investigation committee to examine the  fake insurance claims in the trekking and mountaineering sectors. The team is headed by Joint Secretary at MoCTCA Ghanashyam Acharya. Other members of the commission includes DG. Tourism Department,  Manoj Neupane,  Shuvas Jha,  Prakash Sharma Dhakal. The examine committee was formed amid rising complaints related to fake insurance claims in the name of trekkers and mountaineers suffering from different...

Climber Sherpa wants to fulfill Swiss Machine’s dream

Kathmandu,June 04:On May 24, Tejni Sherpa, 27, summited Mount Everest for the fourth time as he and alpine photographer Johnathan Griffith became the last people to summit the highest peak of the world this spring season. Unlike his previous three accents of the world’s highest mountain, this would be a completely different experience. This time, he wasn’t guiding anyone to the top of the mountain–in contrast to other Sherpas, he was climbing for himself. Before heading to Everest, Tenji...

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