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Virus reaches Everest as climber tests positive

Kathmandu - A Norwegian climber hoping to summit Everest confirmed Thursday that he has tested positive for Covid-19, in a blow to Nepal's hopes for a bumper mountaineering season on the world's highest peak.

Nepal relaxes quarantine rules ahead of Everest season

Kathmandu - Nepal has eased quarantine rules for visitors in an effort to attract more climbers to Mount Everest, officials said Friday, after the pandemic wiped out last year's season and devastated the tourism industry.

Everest-bound Bahraini prince probed over vaccine 'gift'

Kathmandu - Nepal is investigating how a Bahraini prince planning to climb Mount Everest brought 2,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to the country without prior approval, authorities said.

Everest 'icefall doctors' prepare for new season

Kathmandu - Nepal's "icefall doctors" were preparing Wednesday to set off for Everest ahead of the hoped-for return of climbers after the pandemic wiped out last year's season on the world's highest peak.

Missing K2 climbers are dead: Pakistan official

Skardu - Three climbers lost on Pakistan's K2 are believed to have died on the mountain, a Pakistan official said Thursday, more than a week after the group went missing while trying to summit the world's second highest peak.

Nepal bans three Indian climbers for faking Everest summit

Kathmandu - Nepal on Wednesday revoked the Everest summit certificates of two Indian climbers for faking their 2016 ascent, and banned them and their team leader from mountaineering in the country for six years, officials said.

Bad weather halts search for missing climbers on Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - Hopes faded Wednesday for three climbers lost on Pakistan's brutal K2 as bad weather halted search operations on the world's second highest mountain.

Fears grow for missing climbers on Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - Fears are growing for three climbers missing while attempting to summit the world's second-highest mountain, K2, after helicopters failed to spot them on the second day of searching, the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Sunday.

Bulgarian climber dies on K2 expedition

Islamabad - A Bulgarian mountaineer fell to his death during an expedition on Pakistan's K2, his team said Friday, the second person to die on the world's second highest mountain in weeks.

Nepali climbers overcame 'treacherous' conditions to make history on K2

Skardu - Nepali climbers who made history at the weekend by becoming the first to summit the world's second-highest mountain in winter told Wednesday how they battled hurricane-force winds and freezing temperatures to achieve the record.

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistan mountain

Islamabad - A missing Russian-American climber died on a mountain while preparing to scale the world's 12th-highest peak, having refused to turn back in dangerous winter conditions, a spokesman for the expedition said Tuesday.

Historic K2 team make it back safely to base camp

Islamabad - The triumphant team of Nepali climbers who made history when they became the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter arrived safely back at base camp on Sunday, officials said.

Nepal team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - A team of Nepali climbers made history on Saturday after becoming the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, on the same afternoon a Spanish mountaineer fell and died lower down the perilous peak.

Nepalese team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history after becoming the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, according to a trekking company leading one of the expeditions.

Rival teams race to be first for winter summit of 'savage mountain' K2

Islamabad - Dozens of mountaineers have converged on Pakistan's mighty K2 peak, vying to conquer one of the world's last major climbing challenges -- reaching the summit in winter.

Everest 'grows' as China, Nepal agree new height

Kathmandu - The highest point on Earth got a bit higher Tuesday as China and Nepal finally agreed on a precise elevation for Mount Everest after years of debate.The agreed height of 8,848.

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.
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