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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...

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.
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