All rescues were genuine: Mingma Sherpa

Kathmandu, August 24 Pakistani climber Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, who suffered severe altitude sickness, had been evacuated from the death zone of Mt Everest on May 20 last year. Bhatti, being a part of the Mt Everest expedition, had purchased a travel security services from the US-based firm — Global Rescue (GR) LLC — while embarking on a month-long journey to the world’s highest peak. Though the climber was entitled to get a full coverage for his evacuation and medical...

Insurers give Nepal ultimatum to end tourist rescue fraud

Kathmandu (AFP) – International insurance companies have set a September 1 deadline for Nepal to clamp down on fraudulent helicopter rescues of tourists or they will stop giving cover, industry sources say. An AFP investigation earlier this year revealed a lucrative insurance racket around pressuring hikers in the Himalayas into unnecessary rescues. Multiple tourists are crammed into a single chopper, but each insurance company gets billed for the flight. The trekking operators, lodge owners, helicopter companies, and even hospitals...

Folk costume show held at 5,200-meter-high base camp of Mt. Qomolangma

Kathmandu,Aug 20:A model presents a creation during a folk costume show at the 5,200-meter-high base camp of the world’s highest peak Qomolangma, in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 18, 2018. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Trekking route to Gosainkunda being reconstructed

Kathmandu, Aug 20: The trekking route to the religious destination Gosainkunda is being reconstructed. The reconstruction has been started as a major festival starts at Gosainkunda on the occasion of Janai Purnima. The Gosainkunda Area Development Committee informed that the pathway to Gosainkunda had become muddy and difficult due to heavy rainfall and was being reconstructed by Nepal Army soldiers from the Kalijung Battalion engaged in the security of Langtang National Park. A team of 55 soldiers under the...

563 mountaineers successfully climb Mt. Everest this year

Kathmandu, Aug 19: A total of 563 people have successfully summited Mt. Everest this Spring. The Tourism Department informed that 511 males and 52 females summited Mt. Everest this year. 855 mountaineers from 34 foreign teams and 4 Nepali teams had taken the permission to climb Mt. Everest. This has been the largest number of mountaineers climbing Everest after the earthquake of 2015 which caused avalanches blocking climbing routes.  Of the 855 climbers, which included mountaineers, guides, as well...

Journalist Basnet honoured

Kathmandu, Aug 19: The Sundarharaicha Municipality in Morang Saturday honoured journalist Rosha Basnet who along with other three female journalists successfully scaled the Mount Everest in May this year. She is associated with the National News Agency (RSS) and is the permanent resident of Biratchowk of Sundarharaicha-10. On the occasion, mayor Shiba Prasad Dhakal honoured the 29-year-old journalist, terming her achievement as a matter of pride and prestige for the entire province 1. Applauding Basnet for her great audacity...

Tourists increased by 20%

Kathmandu, Aug 15: The number of tourists visiting the popular Annapurna trekking route has increased. The trekking route has seen an increase of around 20% in trekkers last year compared to the year before, informed Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Pokhara. A total of 172,861 tourists traveled the Annapurna trekking route in the last economic year 2074/75, while the number of trekkers the year before was 144,198, informed ACAP Pokhara Chief Binod Basnet. The difference of 28,663 tourists represents a...

NMA will collect again royalties from 27 mountains

Kathmandu, Aug 14: The Nepal Mountaineering Association has regained permission to collect royalties from 27 mountains under 6500 meters after a year of problems with the renewal of its rights. The government has allowed the NMA permission to collect royalties from these mountains once again starting from this month for 5 years. The Office of the Auditor General had presented a report a year ago which pointed irregularities in the royalties collected by the NMA, which had lead the...

Helicopter flights banned at Annapurna Base Camp

Kathmandu, August 7 : Annapurna Rural Municipality in Kaski district, which also includes the Annapurna Base Camp under its jurisdiction, has decided to impose a ban on operation of helicopters here. The local government has argued that the decision was made so as to protect flora and fauna of the region. The decision will affect ‘rich’ tourists, both domestic and international, who would otherwise charter choppers to make a visit to the popular tourism. Of late, some companies had...

Medical Tourism Asia Expo- 2018 in Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 05: The concept of Medical Tourism in Nepal is developed with the objective of promoting healthcare services exports from Nepal. This activity is organized by the Explore Productive Chamber of Commerce (EPCC). EPCC is a Nepalese multinational chamber of commerce established to promote the products, services and Investment globally with global franchising business module. We have directly presence in 12 countries to explore the network. It can be attended by general practitioners and specialists, nurses, pharmacists and...

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