KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous “death zone” bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world’s highest mountain, a hiking group said on Thursday.
Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit every year, but a 40-foot near vertical wall of rock at about 8,790 meters (28,840 feet) often causes major problems.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world’s highest peak is safe, officials said on Friday, after a fight last April between three Europeans and a large group of Sherpas.
The climbers from Britain, Italy and Switzerland abandoned their ascent to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit in the peak climbing season after the brawl over rope fixing made international headlines and stirred safety concerns.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather in Nepal were killed, an army spokesman said on Monday, after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event.
The crash highlights the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation company went missing with 18 people aboard in bad weather in west Nepal on Sunday, officials said, highlighting air safety concerns in the mountainous nation.
The Canada-made Twin Otter aircraft was carrying 15 passengers, including an infant, and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jumla in the far west of Nepal.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will cut climbing fees for Mount Everest to lure more mountaineers to the world’s highest peak, already overcrowded during the peak climbing season.
Hundreds of foreign climbers, each paying thousands of dollars, flock to the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season stretching from March to May.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s parliament picked a social democrat as its new prime minister on Monday after a last-minute power-sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted since an election two months ago.
Sushil Koirala, the head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, was elected with support from the communist UML party, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the government it must ensure serious human rights violators are not given amnesties by a truth and reconciliation commission which will investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war.
Human rights workers and victims’ groups had feared that the government’s plan for a reconciliation commission could mean pardons for serious violators of human rights.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Nepal’s royal family looked consigned to the history books.
A palace massacre by an unhinged crown prince in 2001, in which the king and eight members of his family were killed, was followed seven years later by the abolition of the monarchy by a Maoist-dominated special legislative assembly.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s oldest political party has emerged as the biggest group after an election last week, a final count showed on Thursday, and the party is now trying to woo Maoist former rebels to join a national unity government in the volatile mountain nation.
The result leaves an uncertain future for the Maoists, who fought a ten-year civil war that contributed to the downfall of Nepal’s monarchy. Since laying down arms they have been key players in the establishment of the new republic.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist former rebels, trailing in last week’s election, have called for an independent investigation into complaints of vote fraud, but they also signaled willingness to compromise to end political deadlock in the Himalayan nation.
The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war before joining the political mainstream in 2006, alleged last week that the elections were rigged, saying ballot boxes had been hidden, stuffed or swapped.