KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s prime minister on Friday promised to set up an early weather warning system after at least 29 people were killed in a blizzard on a popular Himalayan trekking route, raising concerns that amateurs were ill prepared for such expeditions.
Nepal’s government blamed poor weather forecasts and lax regulation after the storm struck at high altitude on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, close to the world’s 10th highest mountain, stranding scores of foreign tourists and Nepali guides in waist-high snow with little shelter.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Trekkers battling a Himalayan blizzard were left helpless after porters fainted from the cold, a survivor of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters said on Friday, as rescue teams resumed a hunt for 10 missing hikers and the death toll reached 29.
The dead included trekkers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland, as well as Nepali guides and herders, drawn by the peak hiking season only to fall victim to unexpected avalanches and blizzards brought by a cyclone in India.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Survivors of a freak Himalayan blizzard that killed at least 25 people in Nepal said on Thursday they dived under a large boulder to shelter from an avalanche that buried four Canadians in their group when it smashed into the trail.
Mountain rescue teams helped by clear weather scoured the Himalayas for dozens of hikers missing after the early winter blizzard and avalanches this week hit the Annapurna trekking route popular with backpackers.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers.
Army and civilian rescue workers say between 73 and 85 trekkers registered on the trail were unaccounted for. Not all of those people were necessarily trapped by the weather and some may have left the area, rescue workers said.But the death toll, which included 11 foreigners and three yak herders, was expected to rise with so many unaccounted for after snowstorms brought by the tail end of a cyclone that struck eastern India last weekend.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least 12 people, including eight foreign hikers and a group of yak herders, were killed in Nepal by unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by the tail of cyclone Hudhud, officials said on Wednesday.
The hikers’ deaths come during the peak trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Seven people including three foreigners and a group of yak herders were killed in Nepal by unseasonal snow blizzards and an avalanche triggered by the tail of the Hudhud cyclone, officials said on Wednesday.
The bodies of a Nepali citizen along with two Polish nationals and an Israeli hiker from the Thorang-La area were found along a popular trekking route near Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, according to Baburam Bhandari, governor of Mustang district. Bhandari said they perished in a blizzard.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign investment scheme.
The Nepalese government agreed to allow GMR in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.
KATHMANDU, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet
on Thursday cleared the way for an Indian firm to build a $1.4
billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a
cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign
The Nepalese government agreed to allow India’s GMR company
in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali
hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday.
The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said on Saturday.
The landslides and flooding were triggered by annual monsoon rains since Wednesday, causing rain-soaked earth and rocks to crash down on homes while rivers swelled and washed away low-lying villages.