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Conquering Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain' against all odds

Islamabad - Simone Moro stood atop Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" last week and observed the curve of the Earth -- a view which had never been seen by anyone in winter until the climber and his team conquered Nanga Parbat.

Nepal extends Everest climbing permits after quake

Kathmandu - Nepal has extended the climbing permits of hundreds of mountaineers forced to abandon Everest after last year's massive earthquake, to try to lure tourists back to the Himalayas, an official said Tuesday.

Nepal's 'ice doctors' return to Everest after avalanche

Kathmandu - Nepal's experienced "ice doctors" were preparing Sunday to return to Everest to ready the mountain for the upcoming climbing season, almost one year after a huge earthquake triggered a deadly avalanche.

French Alps avalanche kills two Lithuanian climbers

Grenoble - Two Lithuanian mountain climbers were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Sunday, the country's paramilitary police said. Police said the victims, a man and a woman, were experienced climbers.

Japanese climber with one finger nears Everest summit again

Kathmandu - A Japanese climber with only one finger due to frostbite, who last month failed to reach the top of Mount Everest, will make his final push for the summit late Wednesday, organisers said.

Japanese climber attempting Mount Everest summit turns back

Kathmandu - A Japanese climber who was attempting the first summit of Mount Everest since a deadly quake-triggered avalanche destroyed part of base camp in April said Sunday he had turned back.

Quake-hit Nepal opens Everest for autumn season

Kathmandu - Nepal Sunday opened Everest for the autumn season, granting its first climbing permit four months after a deadly earthquake triggered an avalanche at its base camp.

Two Japanese climbers found dead in Swiss Alps: Official

Toukyo - The bodies of two Japanese climbers have been found on the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a Tokyo official said Wednesday, three days after the pair got into difficulty on the mountain.

Remains of two Japanese climbers found in Alps after half century

Ginebra - The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said Thursday.

At least four hikers dead in Corsica storm

Bastia - Rescuers were searching Thursday for missing hikers on the French island of Corsica a day after a violent storm lashed one of the world's top walking trails, leaving four people dead.

Climbing firms call off Everest season after quake

Kathmandu - Mountaineering companies Sunday called off their spring expeditions to Mount Everest, marking the second year with virtually no summits after an quake-triggered avalanche killed 18 on the world's highest peak.The 7.

Expedition members slam Moroccans over caving disaster

Madrid - Members of an expedition in which two Spaniards died rock climbing in Morocco accused Moroccan authorities on Thursday of letting the climbers perish by obstructing rescue efforts.

Survivor of Morocco caving tragedy returns to Spain

Madrid - A Spanish caver trapped for days in a ravine in Morocco, along with two companions who died there, flew home Tuesday as Spain's government faced calls to explain why the climbers were not rescued sooner.

Human waste on Everest is becoming a major problem

Officials in Nepal have warned that human waste building up on Mount Everest is becoming a major problem that could begin to spread disease on top of the world's highest mountain.

Nepal calls off search for survivors of deadly snowstorm

Pokhara - Nepal on Wednesday called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed some 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region.

Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 12 bodies after snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepalese teams Sunday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season but also found 12 more bodies, officials said.

Storm toll jumps to 43 in Nepal's worst trekking disaster

Kathmandu - The death toll from a devastating snowstorm in Nepal's Himalayas climbed to 43 on Saturday, in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country.

Nepal vows warning system after deadly Himalayan snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepal's prime minister has pledged to set up a weather warning system after a major Himalayan snowstorm killed 32 people at the height of the trekking season, 17 of them tourists.

Rescuers hunt scores of trekkers missing after deadly Nepal storm

Kathmandu - Rescuers in Nepal battled waist-deep snow as they searched a remote mountainous area popular with trekkers for dozens of people still missing on Thursday, two days after a major snowstorm that triggered avalanches and killed more than 30 people.

Three climbers die after 800-metre fall from Mont Blanc

Grenoble - Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 metres to their death in the Mont Blanc range, French police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.

Six climbers die after fall on France's Mont Blanc

Chamonix - Six French climbers have died after a terrifying 250-metre fall from Mont Blanc, officials said Wednesday, one of the worst accidents in a decade on Europe's highest mountain.

'Cranks' accused of risking lives on France's Mont Blanc

Lyon - A US climber who tried to go up western Europe's highest peak with his two children has sparked alarm among professional guides and officials in France for what some see as "cranks" putting lives at risk on Mont Blanc.

Italian rescuers search for two missing on Mont Blanc

Rome - Rescuers continued their search on Saturday for two climbers -- a 15-year-old French boy and his 52-year-old Italian guide -- missing on Mont Blanc since Wednesday.

Chinese-American 'was target' of Pakistan mountain massacre

- The massacre of 10 foreign climbers on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" a year ago came after a failed attempt to capture a Chinese-American to use him as a high-value bargaining chip, officials and militant sources have told AFP.

Italian mountain climber found dead in Peru, another lost

Lima - Searchers in Peru on Tuesday found the body of one of two Italian climbers who disappeared last week trying to reach one of the Andes' highest peaks.

Indian schoolgirl elated after Everest summit

Kathmandu - A 13-year-old impoverished Indian schoolgirl, thought to be the youngest female to climb Mount Everest, said Monday she had never scaled a mountain before setting her sights on the world's highest peak.

Climbers back on Everest after avalanche disaster

Kathmandu - Two foreign mountaineers have returned to Everest after a deadly avalanche effectively ended the climbing season, flying by helicopter partway up the peak before starting their ascents, an official said Tuesday.

Nepal counts cost of damaging Everest debacle

Kathmandu - Dreams shattered and counting their losses, many foreign climbers say they might never return to Nepal to climb Everest, upset by ugly scenes at base camp and what they see as the government's mismanagement of the peak.

Sherpas struggle as Everest shuts down after killer avalanche

Kathmandu - An unprecedented shutdown of Mount Everest after the worst ever accident on the world's highest peak has left grieving Nepalese sherpa guides and their families fearing for their livelihoods.

Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest

Kathmandu - The Nepal government held talks with grieving and angry sherpas on Mount Everest Thursday to try to end a deepening crisis on the world's highest peak after an avalanche killed 16 of their colleagues.
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