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Researchers find microplastics on top of the world at Everest

Kathmandu - Traces of microplastics have been found close to the top of Mount Everest, a study showed Friday, likely originating from equipment used by the hundreds of climbers who summit the world's highest peak every year.

Everest's legendary 'snow leopard' Ang Rita Sherpa dies at 72

Kathmandu - A famed Nepali Everest climber nicknamed "snow leopard" for his record of summiting the world's highest mountain a record 10 times without bottled oxygen has died aged 72, officials said Monday.

Nepal reopens Everest despite pandemic uncertainty

Kathmandu - Nepal has reopened its mountains -- including Everest -- for the autumn trekking and climbing season in a bid to boost the struggling tourism sector, officials said Friday, despite coronavirus uncertainty.

Seven foreigners arrested at anti-govt protest in Nepal

Kathmandu - Nepali police arrested 10 protesters including foreign nationals from Australia, the United States and China on Saturday as hundreds staged a demonstration in Kathmandu against the government's handling of the virus crisis.

Nepali police clash with lockdown demonstrators

Kathmandu - Police fired water cannon at about 500 people who staged a demonstration in Kathmandu on Tuesday against the Nepali government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Pandemic shuts down Nepal's 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest

Kathmandu - The lucrative annual trek to harvest a caterpillar fungus nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" that can fetch three times the price of gold in China will be banned amid Nepal's coronavirus lockdown, officials said Thursday.

Two bodies found in Nepal search for missing Koreans

Kathmandu - Two bodies believed to be of South Koreans missing after being hit by a Himalayan avalanche in January have been found, officials said Sunday, a day after discovering the corpse of their Nepali guide.

Nepal marks quake anniversary under lockdown

Kathmandu - Nepal on Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake under a nationwide lockdown with the prime minister blaming the coronavirus pandemic for delays in rebuilding.The magnitude 7.

Rescued from Himalaya trails, trekkers find world in turmoil

Kathmandu - Stranded in Kathmandu, running out of cash and with no way to get home, Alexander Sys is one of hundreds of tourists whose Nepal trekking adventure abruptly ended in lockdown.

Emergency flights for tens of thousands stranded by virus in S.Asia

Kathmandu - Foreign governments on Friday stepped up operations to evacuate tens of thousands of tourists stranded by the coronavirus pandemic in remote locations across South Asia, from Everest base camp to beach hotels in Sri Lanka.

Pandemic shuts down Everest as Nepal suspends permits

Kathmandu - Nepal on Friday barred climbers from all mountains -- including Everest -- over the coronavirus pandemic, in a major blow to its tourism industry.

Pandemic shuts down Everest as Nepal suspends all permits

Kathmandu - Nepal on Friday barred climbers from all mountains -- including Everest -- over the coronavirus pandemic, in a major blow to its tourism industry.The Himalayan country, which has so far confirmed one coronavirus case, earns 4.

China shuts down Everest over coronavirus

Kathmandu - China has cancelled permits for Mount Everest because of the coronavirus, expedition organisers said Thursday, ahead of the spring climbing season on the world's highest peak.

Winter ends on Everest without an ascent

Kathmandu - Incessant snowfall and avalanches have forced teams to abandon their bid to achieve the first winter ascent of Everest in more than quarter of a century.

Sherpa team aims for record Everest winter ascent

Kathmandu - A team of four Sherpas is setting off on Monday to attempt a record winter ascent of Mount Everest in just five days, which would also be the first winter climb of the peak in more than quarter of a century.

Nepal paper defiant after China slams virus criticism

Kathmandu - A Nepalese newspaper on Thursday slammed Beijing for trying to muzzle free speech after it was accused of "deliberate" and "malicious" smearing by the Chinese embassy in the Himalayan nation.

Search suspended for South Koreans, Nepalis hit by avalanche

Kathmandu - The search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas almost a week ago was suspended Thursday as conditions made further operations too risky.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

Guide saw wall of snow carry away Korean trekking team in Nepal

Pokhara - Rescuers intensified an increasingly desperate hunt Monday for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide told how he saw people carried off by the snow.

Heavy snow hampers search for missing S. Korean, Nepal trekkers

Kathmandu - Avalanches, heavy snow and poor visibility hampered the search Sunday for four South Koreans and three Nepalis caught in an avalanche in the popular Annapurna region of the Himalayas, officials saidRelatives of the missing Koreans have arrived in Kathm...
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