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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.

Indian rescuers narrow search for missing climbers

New Delhi - Indian authorities Monday narrowed down the search for eight climbers missing on India's second-highest mountain for several days after an avalanche, saying they have a "rough idea" of their location thanks to information from another rescued group.

Four rescued, eight still missing on avalanche-hit Indian peak

New Delhi - Four British climbers have been rescued from an avalanche-hit Himalayan mountain range, Indian authorities said Sunday, as a frantic search continued for eight other mountaineers still missing on its treacherous heights.

Rescuers search for eight climbers on Indian peak

New Delhi - Scores of emergency workers were battling bad weather Saturday to locate eight climbers missing on India's second highest mountain, an official said.

France tightens rules on Mont Blanc access to combat overcrowding

Annecy - French authorities have moved to ban climbers from scaling Mont Blanc unless they have booked a room in one of the shelters on the flanks of Europe's highest peak, in a bid to tackle safety risks linked to overcrowding.

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.

US climber becomes 11th Everest fatality

New Delhi - A US climber has died after descending from Everest, officials said Tuesday, taking this season's toll to 11 including several deaths blamed on overcrowding on the world's highest mountain.

Everest 'traffic jam' survivor calls for tougher rules

Kathmandu - Ameesha Chauhan, a survivor of the Everest "traffic jam" who is in hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year's deadly season on the world's highest peak.

British, Irish climbers become Everest victims

Kathmandu - The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly season on the world's highest peak to 10, expedition organisers said Saturday.

French survivor of Nanga Parbat summits Lhotse, Everest

Kathmandu - French climber Elisabeth Revol, who was dramatically rescued last year from Pakistan's Mount Nanga Parbat, summited Lhotse Friday morning, a day after reaching the top of Everest, her expedition organiser said.

Four more deaths on traffic-jammed Everest

Kathmandu - A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest "death zone" was blamed for two of four new deaths reported Friday, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety on the world's highest peak.

Three more deaths on overcrowded Everest

Kathmandu - Three more climbers have died on Everest, expedition organisers and officials said Friday, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded world's highest peak to seven.

Black Africans must pick up Everest challenge, says landmark climber

Kathmandu - The first black African woman to climb Everest said Thursday that people from her continent must seek "amazing" new challenges to prove they can compete with the best.

American climber dies on Everest

Kathmandu - An American has died on Everest, his expedition organiser said Thursday, as a rush of climbers marked one of the busiest days on the world's highest mountain.
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