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Over 30 climbers summit Mt Manaslu

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Mt Manaslu. File photo

Mt Manaslu. File photo

At least 30 mountaineers including climbing Sherpas have successfully summitted Mt Manaslu (8,163m) as the world’s eighth highest peak witnessed a fair weather on Friday, allowing the climbers to make the year’s first autumn ascent of the mountain, according to expedition organisers.

Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summit Treks, said that over 30 climbers have stood atop the summit of Mt Manaslu till 9:00 am after rope fixing Sherpas first reached the top of the peak at around 6:00 am.

“More than 50 climbers are on the way to the top of the peak,” Sherpa quoted climbers as saying over phone from the higher camps. According to him, at least 80 climbers have planned to climb the peak on Friday.

According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), there are 18 teams comprising 151 climbers on Mt Manaslu in the autumn season. “Among 360 persons – climbers, high altitude Sherpas and support staff – have headed for Manaslu base camp,” DoT official Gyanendra Shrestha said, adding that 58 were Chinese climbers.

DoT has issued climbing permits to different 67 teams with around 490 climbers as they along with their support staff headed towards different expedition peaks in the autumn season, he added.

The Himalayan Times

Looking for Trekking in Nepal? Know well about Nepal

Posted on: September 17, 2016

Nepal Travel Information

Nepal is a center of attraction for all those beautiful minds who would like to explore nature and activate the faculty of adventure. Among the many tourist adventure activities in Nepal, trekking is by far the most popular. Trekking in Nepal will take you through a country that has captured the imagination and explore for more than 100 years. For romanticists, each step follows the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary. Likewise, for those who enjoy nature each sight remains golden memory and delightful life experience. Himalayas enchants trekkers in such a way that they come time and again and have fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life. For the most part, it is a proven fact that to walk is the only natural way to feel the nature of this enchanting treasure.

Nepal is well known for some of the most impressive, exciting and breathes taking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world. Direct exploration of world famous snow peaks like Mt Everest, twinkling lakes like that of fewa, flowing rivers, along with forests of brilliantly colored Laligurans (national flowers of Nepal) you will be rewarded with diversity of plant and animal spices. It is likely to sign with nightingale in conservation areas and dance with peacock in national parks. More than 850 spices of birds and rare animals like that of one horned rhino, snow leopard and Bengal tiger are all those to welcome you. Protected regions along the Himalayas like Shey-Phoksundo, Langtang, Sagarmatha, Makalu-Barun, Rara, Kanchenjunga and shivapuru national parks and along with Annapurna region and Manaslu conservation areas provide excellent trekking option to its visitors.

Morever, Nepal is a birth place of Goutam Buddha (Light of Asia). In other hand, Nepal’s cultural diversity enables the trekkers to explore distinct forms of human civilization. World famous Hindu temple like Pashupatinath, world famous Buddhist shrines like those of Swyambhunath and many other historical art and crafts takes its visitors to the land of mystery.

One can also trek in Nepal on ponies in some of the remote areas. The ponies are well trained and are an equally enthralling way to travel for visitors. Pony treks follow nearly the same routes and are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpa and Lo-Manthang Mustang. Trekking is the only way to know the locals intimately and experience their cultural history. Exploring the exotic variety of culture and scenery is what brings people back th Nepal time and gain. One can walk the trails, which are easy to follow, and have been used by the local inhabitants for centuries or you can explore less used tracks, our guides can define these for you.

To sum up, Nepal is trekker’s paradise, where you can get unique experience of Nepal best combination of natural beauty and mixed Nepalese culture not only that it is the home of world’s highest peaks in the world including Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga,  Makalu, Lhotse,  Cho-Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna.

Nepal bans Indian police pair for ‘fake’ Everest climb

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Nepal has imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, officials say.

A government investigation concluded on Monday that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the world’s highest mountain were faked.

Officials say the ban is intended to deter other climbers from making spurious and dishonest claims.

The pair’s claims to have reached the peak in May were queried by climbers.

They argued that photos showing Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod at the summit were obviously doctored.

Satyarup Sidhantha holds the genuine photo in his right hand and the "doctored" photo in his left hand

Satyarup Sidhantha holds the genuine photo in his right hand and the “doctored” photo in his left hand

Nepal’s tourism department initially certified their ascent but has now rescinded that decision after conducting an investigation.

Tourism department chief Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency that an analysis of photos submitted by Mr and Mrs Rathod revealed they had superimposed themselves and their banners on photos taken by another Indian climber who conquered Everest.

“Despite several attempts to get clarifications from them, they did not co-operate with us during the investigation. The two Sherpas that assisted them are also absconding,” Mr Dhakal said.

“The ban should serve as a warning for mountaineers to follow ethics.”

Mr and Mrs Rathod – who work as constables in the western Indian city of Pune – in July denied the claims, as did the guides who climbed with them.

But a climber based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, Satyarup Sidhantha, later told reporters that the photographs presented by the Rathods as “proof” of their climb actually belonged to him.

Suspicions were further aroused because of the time lag between the day the Rathods claimed to have reached the summit and their news conference announcing their achievement.

It was alleged that the couple could not possibly have reached the summit so soon after they were seen to have arrived at the Everest base camp, and that the photos appeared to show them in two different sets of clothes and boots while on the climb.

Many of those who have succeeded in scaling the 8,848m (29,029ft) mountain have subsequently gone on to have lucrative careers as motivational speakers and authors.

More than 450 people, including more than 250 foreigners, climbed Everest during the recently-concluded spring season. It followed two consecutive years of poor weather – made worse by the Nepal earthquake of 2015 – which resulted in almost all Everest attempts being abandoned.

Mountaineering is a major source of income for impoverished Nepal and this year’s succession of successful summits is expected to provide the industry with a major fillip.

BBC News