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Nepal bans solo climbers from Everest

KATHMANDU: Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday. The cabinet late Thursday endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation's mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains -- one of a string of measures being flagged ahead of the 2018 spring climbing season. "The changes have barred solo expeditions, which were allowed before," Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism…

Climbing Mount Everest easier than entering Mandir, says India’s top female mountaineer

LUCKNOW: Indian first woman amputee who climbed the Mount Everest, Arunima Sinha, also a prestigious Padma Shri award winner, was barred from entering a temple in Ujjain for "wearing clothes inappropriate for entering the temple” prompting her to share the ordeal on Twitter. Arunima, 29, a resident of Lucknow, said she was wearing a long jacket, T-shirt and loose track pants on December 24 when she went to Mahakal temple. She was visiting the state as a guest of Indore's minister for women and child development Archana…

Italians are first couple to reach world’s highest summits

ROME: Two Italian climbers on Thursday made it to the top of Nepal's Annapurna peak, and at the same time set a record as the first couple to conquer the world's 14 highest mountains. Romano Benet and his wife Nives Meroi, both 55, reached the 8,091-metre (26,545-foot) Annapurna summit on Thursday morning, without using oxygen or porters just as they have in all their ascents, according to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. The final climb to the top starting at an altitude of 7,200 metres was "the hardest but also…

Everest climber caught hiding in cave to avoid paying $22,000 fee

KATHMANDU: A South African attempting to climb Mount Everest alone and without a permit has been ordered off the mountain, had his passport confiscated and will be fined $22,000, an official said Monday. Ryan Sean Davy, 43, told officials at base camp that he had climbed alone as far as camp two -- 6,400 metres (21,000 feet) -- to acclimatise ahead of a summit push before he was caught. Foreigners have to pay the Nepal government $11,000 for permission to climb the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) peak -- a major earner for…

85-year-old dies on Everest during world record bid

An 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world's oldest person to summit Mount Everest died at base camp on Saturday. Min Bahadur Sherchan was on a bid to reclaim a title that he lost to Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura in 2013. "He passed away at the base camp today at 5:14pm," Gyanendra Shrestha, an official with the tourism ministry who is at the 5,380 metres (17,600 feet) camp, told AFP. The former soldier became the world's oldest climber to summit Everest in 2008 when he was…