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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.

First virus-era Chinese expedition measures Everest

Bejing - A group of Chinese surveyors on Wednesday became the first team this year to summit Mount Everest, where they will try to pinpoint the height of the world's tallest peak using satellite technology.

Mt Fuji to be closed in summer due to pandemic

Apo - Japan's beloved Mount Fuji will be closed during this year's summer climbing season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, officials said Monday.

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.

Rescuers hunt man missing after livestreaming Mt Fuji climb

Apo - Rescuers in Japan are searching for a man who appears to have fallen down part of Mount Fuji as he was live-streaming his climb up the country's highest peak, police said Wednesday.

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.

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.

Russian climber killed by falling rock at Mt Fuji

Apo - A Russian national climbing Mount Fuji was killed by a falling rock near the summit of Japan's highest peak, police and news reports said Monday.

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.

Alpine climbing routes crumble as climate change strikes

Chamonix - High up in the natural wonder of the French Alps, the climbers who spend their days among the rockfaces and glaciers have come to a grim conclusion: the mountains are falling down around them.

Bodies of foreign climbers retrieved from Indian mountain

New Delhi - The bodies of seven climbers killed on India's second-highest mountain were retrieved Sunday, capping a nearly month-long search by mountaineering experts in treacherous Himalayan terrain.

Bodies of seven climbers retrieved from Indian mountain

New Delhi - The bodies of seven climbers killed on India's second highest mountain were retrieved Sunday, capping a nearly month-long search by mountaineering experts in treacherous Himalayan terrain.

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.

India sends second team to find missing climbers

New Delhi - A second team of mountaineers set off Thursday to look for eight climbers, seven of them foreigners, feared killed on the country's second-highest mountain, officials said.

Indian team treks to find missing climbers on Himalayan slope

New Delhi - Indian mountaineers on Monday began a dangerous trek toward an isolated Himalayan slope in a bid to find the bodies of eight climbers feared killed by an avalanche.

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.

India begins 'high-risk' retrieval of dead climbers

Pithoragarh - An Indian helicopter carrying elite paramilitary mountaineers took off Wednesday for a "very high-risk" operation to retrieve five dead climbers and three others believed killed scaling a treacherous Himalayan 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.

Climbers 'knowingly risked' lives on Indian peak

Pithoragarh - Eight climbers believed to be dead on a treacherous Himalayan mountain "knowingly risked" their lives by changing their plans without permission, an Indian official said Tuesday.

Bodies spotted in search for missing climbers in India

Pithoragarh - A helicopter searching for eight climbers missing on India's second-highest peak spotted five bodies on Monday, officials said.
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