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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.

9,000 Nepalis to lose protected status in US

Washington - Around 9,000 Nepalis allowed to remain in the United States since the devastating April 2015 earthquake will lose their protected status in June next year, the government said Thursday.

Jet skids off runway causing Kathmandu airport chaos

Kathmandu - A Malaysian jet carrying 139 people that aborted its takeoff and skidded into mud forced Kathmandu airport to shut down for more than 12 hours until the plane was moved Friday.

Kathmandu airport closed after jet skids off runway

Kathmandu - Kathmandu airport was closed Friday after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway, officials said.

India pledges to expand rail, waterways to Nepal

Kathmandu - India pledged Saturday to expand rail links to Nepal's capital Kathmandu and develop inland waterways in the landlocked Himalayan nation, which has also benefited from extensive China-backed infrastructure investment in recent years.

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.

Nepal's first female president wins second term

Kathmandu - Nepal's lawmakers Tuesday elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation's first female head of state for another five years.

Nepal probes deadly air crash after runway confusion

Kathmandu - Recordings show apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway approach at Kathmandu airport as Nepal Tuesday began investigating its deadliest plane crash in decades.

49 dead in Nepal's worst plane crash in decades

Kathmandu - Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades.

Nepal newspaper due in court for case slammed as press freedom attack

Kathmandu - Nepal's largest newspaper is due in court Friday summoned by the country's chief justice for articles critical of him, in a case widely condemned as an attack on press freedom.

Nepal's ruling party merges into super bloc with Maoists

Kathmandu - Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation.

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Kathmandu - The leader of Nepal's largest Communist party was sworn in as prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation.K.P.

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Kathmandu - The leader of Nepal's largest Communist party was named prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation.K.P.

Nepal Communist alliance to form next government

Kathmandu - Nepal's Communist parties will form the next government, the election commission confirmed Friday after releasing long-delayed election results months after polls billed as a turning point for the Himalayan nation roiled by decades of political instabi...

Nepal Communist parties poised to take power

Kathmandu - Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government two months after historic general elections.

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.

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.

'Kung fu nuns' on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

Kathmandu - About 200 "Kung fu nuns" kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality.

Despite conversion ban, Christianity spreads in Nepal

Dhading - More than two years after an earthquake flattened the Nepali village of Richet, most residents are still living in makeshift shelters.

Fugitive wins seat in Nepal parliament

Kathmandu - A fugitive wanted over a deadly attack on police won a seat in Nepal's national parliament Tuesday, despite being in hiding and not once appearing in public during his campaign.
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Young one carried by her mother through the streets of Kathmandu. The black 'kohl' under her eyes is not make-up, but a protection against the sun.
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The Mera Glacier region in the Dudh Kosi basin, Nepal. One of the areas studied by the research team.
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Wild and homeless girl. Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu
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In the international market, one kg of Caterpillar mushroom can fetch up to USD 10,000.
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Two such large community owned ponds are now providing water for irrigation, bathing and other needs to the village
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Two girls. Durbar Square, Kathmandu
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Pictured is an Indian cobra snake.
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Wise woman near the Swayambhunath temple outside Kathmandu, Nepal
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Brigitte Bardot saved Baby and Népal, two elephants in a Lyon Zoo from being euthanized.
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Landslides in Nepal, Sindhupalchowk - May 12, 2015.
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Seriously, who could resist this face?
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Funeral pyre. Katmandu, Kali Gandaki river.
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Two market women in conversation. Durbar Square, Kathmandu
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The western side of Mt. Everest. November 5, 2012.
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Digital photograph of Mount Everest taken at an elevation of 5,300 meter from Gokyo Ri, Khumbu, Nepal on Nov.5, 2012.
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Young mother, begging on the stairs leading towards the large Swayambhunath Stupa near Kathmandu, Nepal
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