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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...

Child 'love marriages' in Nepal blight young lives

Dailekh - Teenager Asha Charti Karki told her parents she was going out to study, but instead she ran off to wed her boyfriend -- one of a growing number of Nepali teenagers who are marrying young by choice.

Nirmal Purja: Nepali climber carving mountaineering history

Kathmandu - Such was the determination of Nepali climber Nirmal Purja to climb the world's 14 highest mountains, that he had them tattooed across his back, complete with swirling clouds and Tibetan prayer flags.

Nepali climber claims new record for 14 highest peaks

Kathmandu - A Nepali mountaineer on Tuesday smashed the speed record for summiting the world's 14 highest peaks, racing up all "8000ers" in just six months and six days, organisers said.

Trash to treasure: Everest garbage given new lease of life

Kathmandu - A group of tourists sip water at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, unaware that the green glasses in their hands were once bottles discarded on Mount Everest -- left by climbers eager to make their ascent.

Record-chasing Nepali climber wants to inspire next generation

Kathmandu - For pioneering Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja, on track to finish climbing the world's 14 highest mountains in a record seven months, reaching the summit of the last peak is part of a broader quest.

Nepali climber set for final summit in record 14-peak bid

Kathmandu - Nepali adventurer Nirmal Purja is on track to make history after Chinese authorities granted him a special permit Tuesday to climb the final mountain of a 14-peak quest despite closing the peak for the season.

Nepal hopes for Chinese finance during Xi visit

Kathmandu - Nepal rolled out the red carpet on Saturday for China's President Xi Jinping but rounded up Tibetans to prevent protests during the first state visit by a Chinese leader in 23 years.

Polish daredevil abandons attempt to ski down Everest

Kathmandu - A hanging chunk of ice the size of an apartment block has forced Polish daredevil Andrzej Bargiel to abandon his bid to ski down Mount Everest, he announced on his Facebook on Monday.

Nepali climber set for final push in record 14-peak bid

Kathmandu - The current record for climbing the world's 14 tallest peaks is almost eight years. Nepali climber, Nirmal Purja, who served in the British special forces, has a target of seven months.

Nepal mulls minimum Everest criteria after deadly season

Kathmandu - Climbers wanting to take on Mount Everest will first have to tackle another Nepal mountain of at least 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) under new proposals by a committee seeking to improve safety on the world's highest peak.

At least 50 dead in Nepal's monsoon

Kathmandu - Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people across Nepal while dozens more are missing, officials said Sunday.Northeast India has also been hit by floods with 11 deaths recorded as rivers burst their banks.

Ex-UN official jailed for child abuse in Nepal

Kathmandu - A former UN official has been jailed for sexually abusing children in Nepal, officials said Tuesday, following a trial underscoring the country's growing appeal for foreign paedophiles.

Nepal declines permission for Dalai Lama's birthday celebration

Kathmandu - The Dalai Lama's birthday celebrations in Nepal were cancelled after the government refused permission for the event to go ahead, officials said Sunday, in another sign of the growing influence of China over its Himalayan neighbour.

Everest summits smash records amid deadly bottlenecks

Kathmandu - A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on the world's highest mountain.

Nepal activists call for end of animal sacrifice

Kathmandu - Nepali activists rallied in Kathmandu on Friday calling for an end to religious animal sacrifices, months ahead of a festival that in the past has seen tens of thousands of animals slaughtered.

Jail sought for ex-UN official convicted of child abuse in Nepal

Kathmandu - Nepali prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek a 13-year jail term for a former United Nations official from Canada found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.

Nepal faces mountainous challenge identifying Everest bodies

Kathmandu - The bodies of four climbers who failed their Everest challenge and left little clue as to their identity have thrown up a new challenge for Nepalese authorities who control the world's tallest peak.

Nepal looks to limit Everest access after deaths, but doubts linger

Kathmandu - Under pressure after a deadly season on traffic-clogged Mount Everest, Nepal is considering tightening access to the world's highest peak, but mountaineering experts fear the proposed changes could amount to little more than lip service.

Why a deadly shadow hangs over Everest summit

Kathmandu - As the return of cloud and frozen hurricane-force winds seal off Mount Everest for another year, questions are being asked about how to police the world's highest peak after the deadliest climbing season in years.
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