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Ice collapse closes Lhotse Face of Mount Everest

Climbers heading to the Lhotse Face from Camp II on Mt Everest. Photo Courtesy: Garrett Madison

An ice collapse has closed the Lhotse Face, a steep ice slope on the way to the Camp III, on Thursday morning, affecting the acclimatisation schedule of the world climbers who are now making rotations above the higher camps on Mt Everest.

“All teams retreat to the Camp II as an ice collapse has closed the Lhotse face this morning,” Daniel Lee Mazur posted on his Facebook page.

According to him, the climbers are now studying the safety options: ladders versus long detours. Mazur is on higher camps for acclimatisation with an eight-member expedition team locally managed by Everest Parivar Treks.

The climbers use ropes to attempt to reach to the Camp III and above through the icy slope.

On Wednesday, a few teams of Sherpas had climbed the Lhotse Face to the Everest Base Camp III while other climbers rested up in the Camp II, according to Karma Sherpa, a mountain guide with Himalayan Guides Nepal treks and Expeditions.

Meanwhile, a Cape Town mountaineer, Ronnie Muhl, informed that a Sherpa was evacuated to Lukla for treatment this morning after he collapsed up at Camp I.

“He was immediately placed on O2 and was immediately airlifted to Lukla for further observation and tests,” the team leader of an 11-member Adventure Global Everest Expedition managed by Dream Himalaya Adventures Pvt Ltd added.

In the last six days, two mountaineers – Patrik Mattioli (Switzerland) and Jon David Johnson (Austria) – died after falling from a fixing rope into an icy crevasse on Mt Shisha Pangma (8027 m) in China while Japanese climber Hidenori Hagidied and a Korean trekker died of altitude sickness in Khumbu region.

According to Garret Madison, team leader of Madison Mountaineering Everest Expedition, all 11 members of his team had a great climb up to Camp II and they are now resting in the base camp and preparing for the next rotation to the Camp III.

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World Peace Stupa attracts tourists

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

The World Peace Stupa located atop the Anadu hill at western part of the scenic city of Pokhara is increasingly becoming an attraction for foreign and domestic tourists.

The Stupa offers breathtaking view of the panorama of the Pokhara city below along with the Fewa Lake. The skyline at the north offers the view of the majestic Annapurna region and Machhapuchchhre mountain ranges.

The Stupa, perched at a height of 2,100 feet above sea level, lies at a distance of two kilometres from Kalimati of Chorepatan area of Pokahara.

World Peace Stupa Town Development Association Chairman Raju Chhetri said one kilometre of road from Kalimati to Stupa has been blacktopped and agreement has reached for blacktopping the remaining 350 meters of the road.

Around 3,000 tourists on average visit the Stupa on daily basis for observing the view and for religious purpose as well.

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Trekking in Nepal; No One Can Disregard!

Posted on: 17th April 2016

Everest TrekThe word ‘trekking’ refers to the act of spending long time walking, especially in mountain for enjoyment. Nepal is beautiful country with grand and attractive snowy mountains. Mount Everest itself is the highest peak in the world. Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri are the other leading mountains.

In another meaning, these mountains are reflection of natural Beauty.  While talking about trekking in these areas, other factors like lakes, rivers, and caves, religious and cultural heritages etc, it cannot be   isolated because they have an attachment with other mountains or they can be met when you are in the trekking to those breath taking mountains. People usually prefer trekking to refresh their mind and they want to be free from the burden of their work for a short time. So the act of trekking is not a usual tack but an occasional. They wish their occasional trekking would be full of refreshing and full of enjoyment.  For, this most of the people choose Nepal is good destination for trekking.

It is because Nepal is well known for the most grand, exciting and breathtaking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world. Direct exploration of world famous snow peaks, twinkling lakes like that of fewa, flowing rivers, streams and falls are all in Nepal to delights its visitors. Moreover when trekkers are in their way, they will be rewarded with diversity of plants and animal spices in the forest of brilliantly colored Laligurans. They are likely to sing with Nightingale in conservation areas and dance with peacock in national parks.

More than 850 spices of rare birds and animals such as Bengal tiger, one horned rhino and so on can be seen. Here are several trekking areas such as Annapurna Conservation Area, Everest Base Camp Trek etc. Trekking in Nepal is actually a mind-blowing one. Similarly on the way to trekking, one can understand the Nepal’s cultural diversity and human civilization. World famous temple like Pashupatinath (Hindu), Buddhist Shrines (Swyambhunath) and other several historical act and crafts stand as great mystery to the trekkers.

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Nepal has not various sites for trekking but has also developed full infrastructures required by the trekkers. This is another reason why people over the world choose Nepal for trekking. Actually, Nepal has something that inspires the whole world so we act more on them and we simply become a leader. This is a matter of pride for all Nepalese. To sum up, for many a visit to Nepal is the fulfillment of lifetime’s goal, providing an opportunity to gaze upon the highest mountains in the world and experience the unique culture of the Nepali people. Nepal can provide an infinite variety of different experience which can cater for all levels of experience and ambition.

Lastly the important thing that every trekker should know is that though Nepal trekking is a healthy activity, it does have certain amount of cautious required avoiding accidents. However, each sight of natural beauty in Nepal remains golden memory and delightful life experience for all types of trekkers. They can remember fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life. Actually, trekking is the only natural way to feel the heart of enchanting treasures of Nepal.

Icefall doctors fix climbing route up to Camp II

10th April, 2016

With icefall doctors completing the construction of a climbing route up to Camp II by today afternoon, at least 279 mountaineers from 38 countries can now attempt to climb the world’s highest peak this spring season.

“We have constructed a route starting from Everest base camp (5,335m) to camp II (6,400m) by placing 23 aluminium ladders and ropes along the icefall section,” Gelje Sherpa, an icefall doctor told this daily over phone from base camp.

Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee had mobilised a team of eight icefall doctors to build a climbing path more than a month ago.

The committee charges each climber with US$ 600 for using an icefall route in the spring season.

Mountaineers attempting to climb Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt Nuptse need to pass through the newly constructed route on their way to the top of the mountains.

“At least 385 climbers, including 72 on Mt Lhotse and 34 on Mt Nuptse, will use the icefall route. The department of tourism issued climbing permits to 32 expedition teams for Mt Everest, nine teams for Mt Lhotse and five expeditions to Mt Nuptse,” Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at DoT, said.

According to him, more than 500 support staff, including climbing guides, sirdars and kitchen workers also headed towards the Everest region to facilitate the world climbers. Anish Luitel is the sole Nepali climber who obtained permit to climb Mt Everest this season.

Alan Arnette, a climber from Colorado, informed that tea houses were almost empty with fewer trekkers on the Everest region trek this season.

Karma Sherpa, a mountain guide, said climbers would arrive at base camp in a day or two while most of the expeditions had already set up their tents. “Climbers usually need to spend nearly four weeks in the Everest region to acclimatise and prepare for a final summit push,” he added. Continue reading