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'Unnecessary rescues' soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts

Those - Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary rescues", industry insiders say.

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Kathmandu - Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Kathmandu - Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

Two Sherpa guides killed on Everest

Kathmandu - Two Sherpa guides working on Everest were confirmed dead Tuesday, bringing the death toll on the world's highest peak this spring climbing season to five.

One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

Kathmandu - A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday.Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him.

Busy Everest season gets underway with 30 summits

Kathmandu - Everest's summit season got off to a frantic start Monday with at least 30 climbers reaching the peak, including a Chinese double amputee and an Australian who set a new world record.

Chinese double amputee finally summits Everest, decades after first bid

Kathmandu - A Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago finally reached the summit Monday, just months after the revocation of a controversial ban on double amputee climbers attempting the world's highest peak.

As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest 'trophy hunters'

- Everest is the ultimate mountaineering "trophy", but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top of the world.

Italian climber dies on Nepal peak

Kathmandu - An Italian climber has died on Nepal's rugged Mount Dhaulagiri, officials said Monday, the first fatality of the busy spring climbing season.

Chinese double amputee to climb Everest after ban revoked

Bhaktapur - A Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago is hoping to finally reach the summit after Nepal's top court overruled a controversial government ban on blind and double amputee climbers.

Nepali Sherpa aims for record 22nd Everest summit

Kathmandu - A Nepali Sherpa is hoping to summit Mount Everest for a record-breaking 22nd time next month, during the busy climbing season that each year sees hundreds of climbers reach the top of the world.

Australian paraplegic 'humbled' by Everest base camp trek

Kathmandu - A wheelchair-bound Australian who reached Everest base camp under his own power said Tuesday he was "humbled" to be the first paraplegic to make the gruelling journey mostly unaided.

Polish Ice Warriors tell of defeat by Pakistan's Savage Mountain

Islamabad - Pummelled by weeks of hurricane-force blizzards and sub-zero temperatures -- not to mention high-altitude disputes -- the elite climbers known as Poland's Ice Warriors gave in: K2 remains unclimbed in winter, one of mountaineering's final frontiers.

Into the dark: Climber recounts terrible choice on Pakistan mountain

Islamabad - Engulfed in a blizzard at 6,000 metres, Denis Urubko screamed into the vast darkness on Pakistan's "killer mountain" -- then, through the wind came a woman's faint reply, setting up a daring late-night rescue.

Polish mountaineers call off winter K2 summit bid

Islamabad - A team of Polish mountaineers attempting the first winter summit of K2, the world's second highest peak, have called off their bid citing bad weather, after a drama-filled expedition which made international headlines.

Maverick climber calls off 'suicidal' solo bid to summit K2

Islamabad - Russian-Polish climber Denis Urubko has called off his attempt to summit K2 alone during winter, a post on his former teammates' Facebook page said Monday, after a weekend drama saw him begin what another climber had called a suicide mission.

Mountaineer attempts first winter solo summit on K2

Islamabad - A Russian-Polish mountaineer has launched the first solo attempt to summit Pakistan's K2 -- the world's second-highest park -- during winter, in what fellow climbers described as a reckless decision.

French climber recalls horror descent from Pakistan's 'killer mountain'

Sallanches - A French mountaineer who was rescued in a dramatic night-time operation on Pakistan's "killer mountain" has told how she had to leave her weak and bleeding climbing partner and descend the peak alone in darkness.

Nepal losing out to China as Everest operators cross mountain

Kathmandu - Poor regulation and overcrowding are pushing Everest climbers away from Nepal to China, which is investing millions to boost a rival path to the top of the world.

Daring Himalayan rescue spotlights Poland's 'Ice Warriors'

Warsaw - The daring Polish rescue of a stranded French mountaineer in the Himalayas this weekend was made possible by a long tradition of climbing that has seen Poles become first to reach the summit of most of the world's highest peaks in winter.

French climber saved on Pakistan's 'killer mountain'

Islamabad - An elite group of climbers saved a French mountaineer in a daring night-time rescue on a Pakistan peak nicknamed "killer mountain", but officials Sunday called off the search for a second missing climber.

Rescuers save French climber trapped on Pakistan 'killer mountain'

Islamabad - An elite group of climbers saved a French mountaineer in a daring high-altitude rescue mission on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, as officials called off the search for a second missing alpinist on Sunday.

Double amputee banned from Everest slams Nepal govt rules

Kathmandu - A former Gurkha soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan hit out Tuesday at new rules by the Nepal government that ban double amputees from climbing its mountains, dashing his Everest dreams.

Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

Kathmandu - When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal's first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification.

Mountaineer Reinhold Messner, and the art of not getting killed

Frankfurt Am Main - Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is perhaps one of the world's last great adventurers: he has conquered the planet's highest peaks, crossed Antarctica and hunted for the elusive Yeti.

When I'm 64: Retirement for Spaniard who climbed into record books

Islamabad - For more than 30 years Oscar Cadiach risked life and limb to conquer some of the world's most unforgiving terrain, driven by a desire to join the ranks of mountain climbing's elite.

Ukrainian climber found dead on Mont Blanc

Grenoble - A Ukrainian climber was found dead on Mont Blanc on Saturday, a day after setting off to scale western Europe's highest peak, rescuers said. The 42-year-old became trapped in an overnight storm on the 4,810-metre (15,780-foot) mountain.

French mayor near Mont Blanc to fine ill-prepared climbers

Grenoble - A mayor in an area of the French Alps which is a gateway to Mont Blanc said Thursday he planned to fine climbers attempting to scale the mountain without proper outdoor gear such as crampons and ropes.

Search ends for Japanese climber missing on Mont Blanc

Grenoble - Rescuers called off their search Sunday for a Japanese climber who went missing on Mont Blanc, a day after a Czech mountaineer died while descending Europe's highest peak.

Indian police fire couple for faking Everest climb

New Delhi - Two Indian police officers who falsely claimed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest last year have been sacked, authorities said Tuesday.
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