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Rope-Fixing Team Reaches the Summit of Mt. Everest Rope-Fixing Team Reaches the Summit of Mt. Everest

Rope-Fixing Team Reaches the Summit of Mt. Everest

It has been a long and challenging spring on the world’s highest peak. In addition to seeing the mountain all-but completely shut down due to the coronavirus, the past few weeks have seen two summit pushes turned back due to bad weather. But now, as the seasonal monsoon looms on the horizon and time is starting to run out, a team of rope-fixing Sherpas has reached the top of the mountain at long last, with two more teams expected to follow over the next day or two.

Today, at approximately 2:25 PM local time in Tibet, a group of six Tibetan climbers reached the top of Mount Everest 8848M installing fixed ropes along the way. That group included. According to The Himalayan Times the group included: “Dorjee Tsering, Tenzing Norbu, Dunpa, Tashi Gombu, Tsering Norbu and Dorjee.” Upon reaching the top, the group used the new 5G cellular service that was installed o the mountain a few weeks back to broadcast live from the summit.

Their successful completion of installing the fixed lines resulted in the first summits of the season, but others may soon follow. A team of surveyors that have been sent to Everest to remeasure the height of the mountain has reportedly reached Camp 1 after leaving Advanced Base Camp this morning. According to ExWeb, their goal is to depart from C1 directly for the summit tomorrow, although that seems like a rather ambitious goal all things considered. C1 is located at 7000 meters (22.965 ft), leaving more than 1800 meters (5905 ft) of vertical climbing to go. That seems highly unlikely to happen in a single day.

Queuing up behind the survey team, the lone commercial squad on Everest this year is waiting in the wings. This team, which has roughly 26 members, is led by an operator called Yarla Shampo. They’ll look to summit sometime in the next few days as well, provided the weather continues to cooperate.

Traditionally speaking, most of the summits on Everest have come somewhere around May 15 in recent years. Bad weather has delayed any real attempts on the summit this season however, which is why it is now May 26 and we’re just now seeing any success this spring. Usually, the monsoon arrives in early June, which will of course close things down once again. In other words, this is likely to be the final summit push of the spring—and possibly the year—on the mountain.

Stay tuned. We’ll bring further updates as we get them.

International travel may not return to normal until 2023, experts say International travel may not return to normal until 2023, experts say

International travel may not return to normal until 2023, experts say

The international travel industry likely won’t return to normal for at least three years as it tries to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, a major travel association says.

The slower-than-expected reopening of world economies coupled with continued travel restrictions and COVID-19 fears among travelers could ground most of the world’s passenger jets until 2023, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, Lonely Planet reported.

Air travelers are also being turned off by the inconvenience of flying during the pandemic. A recent survey found that 69 percent of travelers would rather stay home than face a 14-day quarantine when they arrive at their destination, the outlet said — something which the IATA is urging governments to reconsider.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” Alexandre de Juniac, the association’s director and CEO, told Lonely Planet.

“We need a solution for safe travel that addresses those challenges,” de Juniac said. “It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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The association said it expects domestic travel will lead the way when the recovery does get going, but global passenger traffic isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, they said. The group estimates international travel demand will be 24 percent below 2019 levels by next year.

In a release Tuesday, the IATA set out principles for a reopening of the airways, vowing to put safety first and to use new science and technology to make that happen.

However, recent reports have suggested that commercial air travel may never fully rebound, and private air carriers may see an uptick in business.

Major airlines have also come under fire during the coronavirus for continuing to pack planes despite social-distancing restrictions and promises by air carriers.

The international travel industry likely won’t return to normal for at least three years as it tries to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, a major travel association says.

The slower-than-expected reopening of world economies coupled with continued travel restrictions and COVID-19 fears among travelers could ground most of the world’s passenger jets until 2023, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, Lonely Planet reported.

Air travelers are also being turned off by the inconvenience of flying during the pandemic. A recent survey found that 69 percent of travelers would rather stay home than face a 14-day quarantine when they arrive at their destination, the outlet said — something which the IATA is urging governments to reconsider.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” Alexandre de Juniac, the association’s director and CEO, told Lonely Planet.

“We need a solution for safe travel that addresses those challenges,” de Juniac said. “It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

Why the future of air travel post-coronavirus may include more private airlines
The association said it expects domestic travel will lead the way when the recovery does get going, but global passenger traffic isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, they said. The group estimates international travel demand will be 24 percent below 2019 levels by next year.

In a release Tuesday, the IATA set out principles for a reopening of the airways, vowing to put safety first and to use new science and technology to make that happen.

However, recent reports have suggested that commercial air travel may never fully rebound, and private air carriers may see an uptick in business.

Major airlines have also come under fire during the coronavirus for continuing to pack planes despite social-distancing restrictions and promises by air carriers.

Please Sign Petition: Has Mount Everest Been Stolen? Google/Apple Must Rectify Please Sign Petition: Has Mount Everest Been Stolen? Google/Apple Must Rectify

Please Sign Petition: Has Mount Everest Been Stolen? Google/Apple Must Rectify

Photo: Mount Everest/Sagarmatha

Mt. Everest and its peak are located in Nepal. It is one of the most famous natural wonders on earth, so how has Apple Maps and Google Maps failed to identify its correct geographical location as Nepal? This mistake is more significant than a simple technological error – it has stripped the country of Nepal of its natural wonder, its national landmark, and a significant recognition point for their homeland.

Please click here to sign this petition – We request Google and Apple to fix their maps and label Mount Everest and its peak’s location correctly inside Nepal. 

On Top of the World

Bordering Nepal and Tibet Autonomous region of Asia sits a breathtaking mountain on the crest of the Great Himalayas. As the tallest mountain in the world, the peak of this beautiful mountain reaches an elevation of 29,035 feet. The Nepali name for this holy mountain is Sagarmatha, translating to “Peak of Heaven.” Sagarmatha is also known as Mount Everest and is revered by the Nepali people as a symbol of their identity, strength and pride. Nepal may be small in terms of size, but the Nepali people have a powerful voice.  Regardless of the large size of the two countries bordering it, Nepal deserves the ability to celebrate its most recognizable asset. While this would seem obvious, the dignity of the country has been thwarted by Apple Maps and Google Maps.

The technological giants have stripped the country of their national treasure by identifying Mt. Everest as solely in China – the label MT. EVEREST appears in China – and that is factually wrong. Anyone with an inkling of general knowledge will let you know that Mount Everest is in Nepal. For many, Nepal and Mount Everest are synonymous with each other. So how did this mistake happen and when will it be rectified – this is an urgent question for Apple and Google? Click here to sign the petition

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Apple and Google’s Error in Locating Mount Everest?

The editorial team at Hollywood Insider had been working on a film project involving the seven natural wonders of the world. As they began researching each wonder and their locations, they noticed a significant error on iPhone maps and that error was Mount Everest being marked inside Tibet/China. To their shock, both Google maps and iPhone maps showed the same incorrect labeling.

Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase remarks, “I was in the middle of breakfast and working from home on this project. I got quite the shocker. I made a few calls and the confusion continued. When my entire team confirmed that all of their devices showed the same error – it became important to help in rectifying it. Nepal and Mount Everest are synonymous with each other. Mount Everest and its peak is in Nepal and thus must be correctly labeled as such. Rather than being a political issue, this is a moral one. Mount Everest and its location being in Nepal is beyond debate or ever-changing political ambitions. Nepal is a very small country in size but not in terms of influence and contribution on a global scale. Nepal may be small – but it has its very own distinct and strong identity. It is neither like India nor like China – their two large and ambitious expansionist neighbors. Nepal is simply its very own nation with a significant contribution to the world despite its small size. The Nepali are among the kindest and most compassionate. Never will you meet a person who has been to Nepal and does not talk about the extraordinary compassion and kindness of its people. A country that has never been conquered and has retained its sovereignty. A country that is home to a multitude of races, languages and cultures – yet live harmoniously amongst each other. The country that is the home to Gurkha soldiers that served in both the World Wars. Mount Everest is a significant part of Nepal’s identity. It is our duty to protect the history of our world, and Mount Everest is a major part of it.”

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Mount Everest – Apple and Google Error confirmed by map experts/surveyors

This fact that Apple Maps and Google Maps have gotten the placement wrong has been confirmed by Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, an internationally recognized and award-winning expert surveyor/maps researcher and also the Managing Director of a mapping company. He also noted the technical fact that the highest peak of the mountain with the sloping terraced portion definitely being within Nepal’s borders.

Incorrect location on Google Maps and Apple Maps
Below image: Wikipedia shows the CORRECT location of Mount Everest and peak inside Nepal

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha spoke extensively with Hollywood Insider on this issue and he confirms, “The location of Mount Everest being labelled in China, is completely wrong, whether it was done intentionally or by mistake. The highest part of Mount Everest, hundred percent of the peak, is in Nepal. I say this with absolute certainty and decades of expertise on this matter.”

Mr Buddhi continued to point out that the northern side of the mountain lies in Tibet/China – and the northern part does not include the peak – the highest point of the mountain. The southern part of Mount Everest which includes the peak – the highest point of the mountain – is located fully in Nepal.

Mount Everest is a significant part of Nepal’s identity with deep cultural and emotional resonance among its people. How would other countries feel if their national landmarks, be it natural or man-made was suddenly labeled as being in a foreign country by Apple or Google? We have this petition for all to sign, click here. 

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Apple and Google must label Mount Everest inside Nepal 

To understand the impact of this falsified information – one must take a look at the number of people that use Apple and Google. More than a billion people use Apple iPhones and billions of people use Google Maps monthly – the damage is extensive and this is simply unacceptable and cannot continue on.  Since the ownership of Mt. Everest had been established and confirmed as being located in Nepal as of 1960s by both the Chinese and Nepali government, why is it still represented by Apple and Google as being located in Tibet/China?

Grand Canyon for the Americans, the Eiffel Tower for the French, Great Barrier Reef for the Australians, Mount Fuji for the Japanese, Buckingham Palace for the British, Taj Mahal for the Indians, Machu Picchu for the Peruvians,  the Great Pyramids of Giza for the Egyptians, the Great Wall for the Chinese, Calafate for the Argentinians, Colosseum for the Italians, etc. The list goes on and on.

To support the absolute fact that Mt Everest and its peak belong to Nepal and inside Nepal, Shrestha shared compelling technical and factual information:“There is a memorandum of understanding that indicates the top of Everest falls definitely inside Nepali territory. During the boundary delineation between Nepal and China in 1961-62, it was agreed that the northern half of Everest belongs to China and the southern half of Everest belongs to Nepal, as the watershed separates the northern and southern half. It is a natural fact that the highest part, that is located close to the watershed, falls in Nepal. There is about 7 x 8 ft. sloping terrace that falls in Nepal. If someone conquers the summit from the China side, he has to step on the Nepali sloping terrace to plant the flag and to put his bags down and to take photographs. It has been proven that Everest (Sagarmatha) belongs to Nepal. There was a dispute on the ownership of the top of Sagarmatha/Chomolungma between Nepal and China. Both the sides had exchanged maps and documents claiming the top [peaked on their] own side. But it was settled during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai to Nepal. A press conference was organized on 28 April 1960 in Nepal. In the press meet, Zhou Enlai expressed the acceptance of the delineation on Nepalese maps and documents. China left the claim amicably and Nepal had full ownership on the top of Mount Everest/Sagarmatha.”

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With the compelling evidence presented by Nepal, China recognized Nepal’s claim to ownership and the demarcation of territory was accepted. If this line of demarcation and country lines have been established, it is morally and ethically right to recognize such for the country of Nepal, especially on devices/maps as widely used as Apple iPhone Maps and Google Maps. It is unfortunate that a platform with such a wide reach has failed to give Nepal the right to its national landmark and iconic symbol.

Nirmal Purja MBE, an ex-Royal Marine, has reached the peaked of Mount Everest four times, and he remarks, “This has never been an issue until now. Before updating platforms like Apple and Google, people need to research and be accountable for such information. Mt. Everest is a significant part of Nepal, the country’s identity and history – it was first summited from the Nepal side and every year more victorious people stand on the summit of Everest from Nepal side.” Purja was born in Nepal and joined the British Army in 2003. Nepali soldiers, also known as ‘The Gurkhas’, have served in the British Army for more than 200 years. He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2018. He now works as an Extreme High Altitude Mountaineer and is a multiple world record holder in mountaineering.

Nepal Deserves this Geographical Correction

At Hollywood Insider, we believe in providing a platform for support and advocacy for noble causes. It is for this reason that we have initiated a petition calling for Apple Maps and Google Maps to properly update their topographical interface to identify Mt. Everest and its peak within Nepal’s border. The benefits to this petition are boundless.

Please sign this petition and add your name to this respectable call to action – support the demand for justice for the people of Nepal.

From a cultural perspective, the Nepali community is widely known for their keen respect for others while always displaying a hospitable nature. It is this demonstration of respect that Nepal and its tranquil community deserve in return. The case for Nepal is clear and their sovereignty must be respected. Nepal is home to people of many races/ethnicities, languages and religions, thus making it a melting pot of diversity. This fact speaks to the nature of the Nepali people; kindness, peace, and respect reside at the core of their being.

Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, I am sure both of you will agree with us on this.

We sincerely hope that Apple and Google will rectify their error and label Mount Everest and its peak as being inside Nepal.

Lone Everest Expedition Prepares for Summit Push Lone Everest Expedition Prepares for Summit Push

News from the North Side of Everest has been difficult to come by this spring. Following the closure of the mountain due to the coronavirus, China announced that it would allow a team of Chinese nationals to attempt the mountain. From what we know, that squad has about 26 members, but how well the expedition has been progressing has largely remained a mystery. Updates have been few and far between, although we have had occasional new from the mountain. Now, we have more information at long last, and it looks like the group is now preparing for a summit push, which could come as early as this weekend.

According to Stephen Nestler’s Adventure Mountain blog, the team has now wrapped up its acclimatization efforts and is waiting for a proper weather window. According to Nestler, who has received his information from Mingma Gyalje Sherpa—who in turn has close ties with the expedition leader—the Chinese squad is currently in Base Camp resting up for their summit push. Originally, that was expected to begin in the next day or two, with potential summits coming on Sunday. Right now, however, the team is in standby while it waits to see if the weather will cooperate.

While we haven’t had good updates on the team’s progress at all this spring, we could make educated guesses as to when a summit push would get underway. In recent years, May 10-15 is pretty much when most climbers would top out on the world’s highest peak, although this year this team can afford to be patient. Since there won’t be any crowds on the route to the summit this year, the mountaineers who are there will not have to rush to take advantage of a narrow window. That said, they will need about four days of relatively good weather to get up and down the mountain safely, which means they will likely take the first good opportunity that comes their way.

In addition to this lone commercial team, which is led by a Chinese outfitter known as Yarla Shampo, we also know that there is a large contingent of climbers and surveyors who are on Everest to remeasure the height of the mountain. They will likely be launching their summit push around the same time. So while it won’t be nearly as busy as it is in a regular year, there will still be a reasonably sized group heading up the North Side sometime in the next few days.

Stay tuned for further updates. We should know more soon.

COVID-19 pandemic sounds the death knell for Nepal’s tourism sector COVID-19 pandemic sounds the death knell for Nepal’s tourism sector

COVID-19 pandemic sounds the death knell for Nepal’s tourism sector

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s tourism sector has been staring at its deathbed, following the nationwide lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the start of 2020, the year in which Nepal had anticipated to receive over two million foreign tourists, the global pandemic has flung the country’s tourism sector into chaos, bringing all the tourism activities to a grinding halt.

The coronavirus crisis has not only led to the cancellation of the much-touted Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign but it has also injected an unprecedented amount of uncertainty into the country’s tourism-based economy, as the business fraternity doesn’t know whether the tourism activities will resume this year.

“We don’t know how to survive if the tourism businesses don’t resume anytime soon,” the tourism entrepreneurs said.
The Hotel Association of Nepal has already decided to close all tourist standard hotels across the country till mid-November, by paying 12.5 per cent of staff’s basic monthly salary. The decision has resulted in closure of nearly 1,300 star and tourist standard hotels, with bed capacity of over 41,000 per day, across the country.
According to HAN, the country’s hotel sector is losing nearly Rs 1.80 billion monthly after the coronavirus crisis brought the business to a sudden halt.
“We have already had no business at all for almost two months. Now, we are compelled to shut all hotels till mid-November as there was no business due to halted tourist mobility to combat the spread of coronavirus,” Shreejana Rana, president of HAN, said.
From the Kathmandu’s busiest tourist hub Thamel to the scenic lake city of Pokhara, from one of the popular trail circuits in Annapurna to the Mount Everest region, or from Pashupatinath to Lumbini, no one knows whether the world visitors will return this year. Also, the stakeholders from Chitwan’s national park area to Bardiya’s wildlife zone don’t know how to survive if they don’t receive visitors.
“The crisis is deepening and set to get even worse,” Santa Bir Lama, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said. The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the country’s travel, trekking and mountaineering sectors. More than 3,500 travel and 2,600 trekking agencies across the country have already closed their operation due to the nationwide lockdown, according to Lama.
Nepal is renowned for adventure tourism due to its prominent peaks while mountaineering is one of the major components of the tourism industry. The spring season (March-May) is the time when maximum mountaineering activities take place in the country. “But, all adventure activities have been suspended this time.”

There are thousands of people who depend on the money spent by foreign tourists in Nepal. Especially, the closure of the mountains including Mt Everest and tour and trekking activities has made nearly half a million people jobless in the mountaineering community. It has created a situation in which the country will be losing the revenue equivalent to nearly Rs 600 million annually from mountaineering, according to Lama.
“It seems that there will be no trekking and mountaineering activities in the upcoming autumn or winter season and thousands of people, who depend on tourism activities and products, will be unable to make their daily ends meet,” Lama further said.

Once the situation becomes normal, the government should immediately reutilise the budget allocated for VNY 2020 and Nepal Tourism Board to boost up domestic tourism in the country, according to operators. “Besides, the government should also mobilise all trekking and mountaineering workforce to clean up mountains and renovate the trekking and hiking trails across the country,” Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summit Treks, said.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism sector pumped around 240 billion rupees into the Nepal’s economy and supported over 1 million jobs. The central bank data also reveals that total foreign currency exchange (less return) for 2018 stood at around US$ 617,263 thousand.

Tourism, which accounts for nearly eight percent of Nepal’s GDP, is vital to national economies. The WTTC report also stated that travel and tourism investment in Nepal last year was 16.5 billion rupees – three percent of the total investment.
In 2019, Nepal witnessed a total inflow of more than 1.17 million foreign tourists via air and land routes while the average length of stay of a tourist in Nepal was recorded at 13 days with per day expenditure at US$ 44.

According to the World Tourism Organisation – UNWTO, the world will see a decline in international tourism receipts between USD 300 to 450 billion in 2020, almost one third of USD 1.5 trillion generated in 2019, with 96 percent of worldwide destinations having travel restrictions.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation estimates that there will be an overall reduction of international passengers ranging from 44 percent to 80 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. If there is no immediate relief package, Nepali airlines could also be bankrupt anytime soon because of the COVID-19 crisis, an airlines operator reacted.

The government should immediately bring the stimulus package to save Nepal’s tourism industry, NMA President Lama demanded, adding that they have been lobbying with the government for relief and bailout packages of Rs 20 billion for the tourism industry. “However, this crisis is going to end sooner or later and all stakeholders also need to put more effort to bring tourists into Nepal than before.”

China opens Everest for its nationals in the spring season China opens Everest for its nationals in the spring season

China opens Everest for its nationals in the spring season

KATHMANDU: China is all set to allow its nationals to attempt to climb the world’s highest peak from Tibet side in the spring season, according to sources.

This season, no foreigners would be allowed to climb Mt Everest from the northern route but Chinese teams could easily get permit for Everest expedition, a high-level source at the China Tibet Mountaineering Association said.

According to sources, there will be at least 26 members including six female climbers from China who will be attempting to stand atop the roof of the world in May, a senior official said.

According to him, Yarla Shampo Expeditions, the only authorised operator for Chinese teams, has already started preparations to run expeditions on Mt Everest. “North route has been closed for all but Chinese nationals,” a source close to Yarla Shampo Expeditions told THT. “Yarla Shampo has received confirmation from 26 Chinese members for Everest expedition,” it added.

On March 13, Mountaineering Sports Administration of Tibet and Mountaineering Association of Tibet had issued a joint statement restricting foreign mountaineering expeditions on Mt Everest in the spring season.

“In consideration of the severe and complicated situation of COVID-19 global outbreak, it is decided to suspend acceptance of foreign mountaineering expedition teams in the spring 2020,” the statement read.

Chinese mountaineers preparing for Everest Expedition. Courtesy: Yarla Shampo

As new confirmed cases were dropping in China, local climbers, now, don’t need to go for the 14-day quarantine before they embark on Mt Everest bid, CTMA source said.

“We are busy in preparing logistics and necessary stuff for the Everest expedition,” a senior member of Yarla Shampo Expeditions said. As per their plan, climbers would reach Lhasa by the first week of April to begin their expedition on Mt Everest.

On March 13, Nepal has also suspended all permits for mountaineering expeditions that have already been issued and has put a restriction on new permits for the spring season this year.

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China Closes North Side of Everest Due to Coronavirus China Closes North Side of Everest Due to Coronavirus

It has been a wild and turbulent 24 hours when it comes to news surrounding the coronavirus. Yesterday, not only did the WHO declare the virus a pandemic, American president Donald Trump issued a travel ban fro most of Europe coming to the U.S. On top of that, the NBA suspended the rest of its regular season after a player tested positive, while screen legend Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have announced that they have contracted the virus as well. If that wasn’t enough, lost in all of the shuffle, it has been announced that China will close Mt. Everest from the North Side, effectively shutting down all expeditions heading to Tibet this spring.

We’ve already been hearing rumbling that the closure of the North Side was possible for a few weeks now, but yesterday it was made official. Expedition operators were informed by members of the China-Tibet Mountaineering Association of this announcement last night with some already adjusting their plans. According to Alan Arnette, Adrian Ballinger’s Alpenglow Expeditions will cancel all expedition plans for the 2020 spring season, while Furtenbach Adventures will look to make the jump to the South Side in Nepal, which as of this writing remains open.

This isn’t the first time that China has elected to shut down Everest for the spring climbing season, but in the past it has been for political reasons. In 2008, the mountain was closed so that an expedition could carry the Olympic torch to the summit, while other closures have centered around avoiding protests within Tibet. This time, it is health related and considering the quickly spreading coronavirus activity at the moment, it is probably a good idea.

Considering the reliance of Nepal’s economy on mountaineering and trekking tourism, it seems unlikely that it will follow suit and close down the mountain as well. That said, the country has stopped issuing on-arrival visas for a number of nations where the coronavirus has become prevalent, including China and Italy. Apparently, officials in Nepal will also be requiring a 14-day travel history for anyone seeking a climbing permit. The Ministry of Tourism says that it will reject all permit requests for climbers coming from locations where the virus is already been confirmed in the past two weeks. That’s a lot of countries and would include the U.S., Canada, and most of Europe.

Whether or not Nepal will actually enforce these rules remains to be seen, but the government there is bracing itself for fewer climbers and trekkers this year. 2020 was suppose to be a major coming out part for the Himalayan nation, which launched a big promotion to lure travelers to its borders. Now, those efforts seem doomed as most travel plans have been scrapped or banned.

This is a still evolving story, so I’m sure we’ll hear more about it in the days ahead.

Government of Nepal Announces Sweeping Travel Restrictions Government of Nepal Announces Sweeping Travel Restrictions

Government of Nepal Announces Sweeping Travel Restrictions

KATHMANDU: The Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs has today announced sweeping travel restrictions as a measure against COVID-19.

The Department issued the notice considering the World Health Organization’s declaration that the coronavirus outbreak was now a pandemic.

Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) immigration point has been suspended from March 14, 2020 to April 30, 2020. A meeting of the high-level coordination committee to discuss the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak held on Thursday took a decision to this effect.

All foreigners with a prior valid visa of Nepal have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival date to Nepal and must be submitted at the immigration office in TIA.

Any foreign nationals including Non Resident Nepalis (NRNs) wanting to visit Nepal for important reasons may contact the Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. A recent swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival to Nepal is mandatory along with visa application and it has to be submitted at the TIA immigration office.

On-arrival-visa (Gratis) facility granted to Non-Resident Nepali card holders is also suspended for the aforementioned period.

All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self quarantine and Nepali nationals including NRNs are subjected to stay in home quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

Foreigners with diplomatic and official visa entering Nepal for the first time or travelling back to Nepal are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days.

Foreigners with business, study and working visa travelling back to Nepal are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days. All Nepali nationals residing abroad are requested to avoid non-essential travel and are urged to follow high precautionary measures.

All the land ports of entry remain closed for arrival in Nepal during the aforementioned period to the foreigners from third countries and are requested to use Tribhuvan International Airport only.

Likewise, all the permits for mountaineering expeditions issued and to be issued for the spring season of 2020 are suspended.

As other drastic measures, the government plans to completely halt flights to and from affected countries. It will seal border points and only allow import/export of essential goods. Other measures include mobilising maximum human resources, logistics and technology in all hospitals and health centres across the country and putting in place mobile health centres, if need be.

Nepal Government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions Nepal Government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions

Nepal Government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions

The visa suspension will begin March 14 and last until the end of April, depriving Nepal of millions in Everest climbing fees. 

The Nepal government, late Thursday night, decided to temporarily stop issuing on-arrival tourist visas to all countries and has put an end to all spring mountaineering expeditions, including Everest ascents.

The decision comes a day after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and urged countries to take precautionary measures.

“The visa suspension, which excludes diplomatic and official visas, will come into effect on March 14 and last until April 30,” a government official told the Post on condition of anonymity.

A high-level coordination committee led by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel took the decision to this effect on Thursday.

The meeting also decided to restrict traveller movement to and from India via land routes and adhere to strict quarantine measures at the border. No decision has been made to close down schools and colleges.

“In case of emergency, any foreigners wishing to come to Nepal will need to submit a medical certificate declaring that they are free of the coronavirus while applying at Nepal’s consulate in their respective countries,” the official said. “The government has also decided not to issue visas for tourists entering Nepal via land routes.”

According to the official, all spring expeditions, including Everest, have been cancelled.

The decision effectively puts an end to the lucrative spring climbing season, which is when most Everest attempts take place.

Mountaineers generally apply for Everest permits from the end of March. The spring season begins in early April as hordes of climbers start trekking for the Everest region. From hotels to restaurants, guides to potters, and airlines to helicopters, all eagerly await the spring climbing season as it generates much-needed income and jobs for the mountainous region.

The government alone earns around $4 million by issuing Everest climbing permits every year. The two-week summit window normally begins in the second week of May. Millions of dollars in income are expected to be wiped out from the market if the Spring ascents are called off.

In the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, China has already cancelled all Everest expeditions from the Tibetan side.

The China Tibet Mountaineering Association, the body that issues climbing permits, notified expeditions on Wednesday that all Everest ascents from the northern side had been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier on Thursday, expedition operators told the Post that they were looking at an unusual situation.

"Cancellation of this year’s spring Everest expedition will mean a big blow to expedition operators," said Nima, managing director of Everest Expeditions Nepal Pvt Ltd.

Everest Expeditions Nepal Pvt Ltd. the largest expedition operator in Nepal, said that 50 climbers have already registered with them to climb Everest. But Since few days,more than 10 climbers cancelled their plans for Nepal.

Meera Acharya, director at the Tourism Department which issues climbing permits, said that they had issued permits for five climbers for different mountains as of Thursday, but no one has applied for Everest as of now.

Countries across the world are stepping up measures and revising travel advisories to control the virus spread.

The United States has suspended all travel from Europe to the country for 30 days and India is temporarily suspending almost all travel visas starting Friday as part of its efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. India’s ban will be applicable until April 15.

Following China’s announcement, aspiring mountaineers from around the world were eagerly awaiting the Nepal government’s response.

In the last few years, it has mostly been Indians who’ve sought Everest climbing permits, followed by Chinese, Americans and the British. With China still battling Covid-19 and India reporting more and more cases by the day, things were not looking good for Nepal’s mountaineering season, said Rishi Bhandari, managing director of Satori Adventures.

Bhandari said that his company had cancelled seven expeditions on the Chinese side following Wednesday’s notification while seven others have registered with them to climb Everest from the Nepal side.

Last year, the department had issued permits for 1,024 climbers, including 382 foreigners. Among them, 644 climbers reached the top.

Fashion Runway on World Highest Mountain Everest ! Fashion Runway on World Highest Mountain Everest !

The Mount Everest 8848M #Fashion #Runway #themteverestfashionrunway) was held successfully on January 26, 2020 at Kalapatthar. Aiming to #promote #sustainable fashion and spread awareness about climate change, along with promoting VisitNepal2020, the fashion show was also able to secure a place in 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱.
विश्व किर्तिमान कायम गर्न संसारकै अग्लो ठांउमा (कालापथ्थर 5,550मिटर) भएको फेसन शो (Ramp Walk) को प्रतक्षदर्शी बन्दाको क्षण तस्वीरमा। #Witness of the #Guinness #World #Record of the highest ramp walk (#Mount #Everest #Fashion #Runway) held at #KalaPatthar on Jan. 26, 2020 at Kalapatthar (5,550 meters) – a popular viewpoint in the Everest region.
Photo credit #Pitambar #Sigdel

Six trekkers including 4 Koreans missing in avalanche in Annapurna region Six trekkers including 4 Koreans missing in avalanche in Annapurna region

Six trekkers including 4 Koreans missing in avalanche in Annapurna region
Heavy snow and poor visibility hampered the search Sunday for four South Koreans and three Nepalis caught in an avalanche in the popular Annapurna region of the Himalayas, officials said.

Relatives of the missing Koreans have arrived in Kathmandu alongside several officials sent by Seoul to help with the emergency rescue efforts, Ang Dorjee Sherpa of the Korean Alpine Federation told.

The missing group was near the Annapurna base camp around 3,230 meters (10,600 feet) above sea level when the avalanche struck after heavy snowfall on Friday.

“Search and rescue efforts are underway but weather and snow in the area has made it difficult to make much progress,” Mira Acharya from Nepal’s tourism department told.

Helicopters were sent out on Saturday to rescue about 200 people stranded around Annapurna and other nearby mountains after the incident. Photos from the area shared on social media showed guesthouses along the trekking route blanketed in a thick layer of white.

Six of the missing were part of the same expedition, while one Nepali porter was escorting a different group. The four foreigners were part of an 11-member team of South Korean nationals. Others from the team were safe.

Education officials in Seoul said they were part of a team of volunteer teachers working with children in Nepal.

Two more South Koreans were due to arrive in Nepal on Sunday to help with the search, the country’s foreign ministry said. Sherpa said it had snowed heavily around Annapurna in recent days, making the trek risky.

“The weather and snow got worse and, feeling it was becoming dangerous and difficult, they decided to turn. As they were heading back the avalanche hit,” Sherpa told.

Annapurna is an avalanche-prone and technically difficult mountain range with a higher death rate than Everest, the world’s highest peak.

Thousands of trekkers visit the route every year for its stunning views of the Himalayas. A snowstorm killed about 40 people on the circuit in 2014, in one of the biggest trekking tragedies to hit Nepal.

Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja sets world record climbing 11 mountains in 4 months Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja sets world record climbing 11 mountains in 4 months

Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja sets world record climbing 11 mountains in 4 months

KATHMANDU: A former UK’s Special Forces member Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja has set the world record by successfully climbing 11 of the world’s highest mountains, known as the 8000ers, in just over four months.

Purja, 35, has succeeded in the second phase of his ambition to speed climb the world’s 14 highest mountains in just 7 months.

Nirmal Purja, a former UK’s Special Forces Member is in a mission to complete all 14 peaks above 8,000 m in just seven months.

Purja climbed Broad Peak, 11th of 14 mountains, early this morning, completing the second phase of his mission under the ‘Project Possible’, according to the base camp officials.

Broad Peak summit in Pakistan marked his 11th eight-thousander in just over four months since the former UK’s Special Forces Member first scaled Mt Annapurna on April 23. Nims had launched his 14/7 mission in the third week of March.

Before heading for Broad Peak summit, Nims summited K2 on July 24, Gasherbrum – II on July 18, Gasherbrum – I on July 15 and Nanga Parbat on July 3.

Nims, who has spent 16 years in the British Army, said he wanted to
break the mountaineering world record by climbing all 14 peaks in 7 months.

According to Project Possible, his final attempt will begin in September with plans to climb the remaining three peaks – Mt Manaslu, Mt Cho Oyu and Mt Sishapangma – by this November.

NIMS SUMMIT SUCCESS:

Broad Peak – July 26

Mt K2 – July 24

Gasherbrum II – July 18

Gasherbrum I – July 15

Nanga Parbat – July 03

Mt Makalu – May 24

Mt Everest – May 22

Mt Lhotse – May 22

Mt Kanchenjunga – May 15

Mt Dhaulagiri – May 12

Mt Annapurna – April 23

Five Nepali climbers including Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja scale Mt K2 Five Nepali climbers including Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja scale Mt K2

Five Nepali climbers including Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja scale Mt K2
KATHMANDU: At least five Nepali climbers including Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja successfully climbed the world’s second-highest peak this morning.
Five Nepali climbers who stood atop Mt K2 this morning. Photo Courtsey: Mingma David Sherpa

According to Mingma David Sherpa, who is now at the base camp of Mt K2, Purja-led team of rope fixing climbers stood atop the mountain opening a route to the summit point.

With the successful ascent of Mt K2, Purja, who is on his mission to complete all 14 peaks above 8,000 m in just seven months, scaled the tenth mountain in just over three months.

“Purja, Gesman Tamang and Lakpadendi Sherpa from Project Possible team and Changba Sherpa and Lakpa Temba Sherpa from Seven Summit Treks opened the route becoming the season’s first summiteers of the world’s second-highest peak this year,” Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks, said.

K2 summit marked his tenth eight-thousander in just over three months since the former UK’s Special Forces Member first scaled Mt Annapurna on April 23.

“We will head for Broad Peak once the team descends to the base camp,” Mingma David, who also plans to complete his 13th eight-thousander this season, said. He added that at least 17 more climbers would attempt to climb K2 tomorrow morning.

Nirmal Purja, a former UK’s Special Forces Member is in a mission to complete all 14 peaks above 8,000 m in just seven months.

Earlier, Purja, who spent 16 years in British Army, climbed Nanga Parbat on July 3 and Gasherbrum– I on July 15 and Gasherbrum–II on July 18.

The owner of Elite Himalayan Adventure Pvt Ltd, Purja will complete his second phase by climbing Broad Peak in the next couple of days, according to Sherpa.”

According to Project Possible, his final attempt will begin in September with plans to climb the remaining three peaks – Mt Manaslu, Mt Cho Oyu and Mt Sishapangma – by this November.

NIMS SUMMIT SUCCESS:

Mt K2 – July 24

Gasherbrum II – July 18

Gasherbrum I – July 15

Nanga Parbat – July 03

Mt Makalu – May 24

Mt Everest – May 22

Mt Lhotse – May 22

Mt Kanchenjunga – May 15

Mt Dhaulagiri – May 12

Mt Annapurna – April 23

Super Marathon Competition in Solukhumbhu- Super Marathon Competition in Solukhumbhu-

Namaste and Greetings from Marathoon Team- Solukhumbhu,
We would like to inform you all that All Nepali and Foreigners Runners that we are going to organise a LHOSAR SUPER MARATHON IN Solukhumbhu on March 3rd 2017. So if you are intrested for the Event Please Kindly Message us on our Event Page. The Entry Fee for the event is NRs.1000 Per Person only including Lunch and Juice. The Marathon Trail will be Starting from Phaplu Gumba-Taksindu Gumba-Chiwang Gumba-Chhinakpu-Garikhasa-Serga-Bagam-Chelsa Gumba- Salleri Gumba. Both Male and Female can be participated.
The Race will be 42 KM.
The Prizes will be Below:
1st Prize: Rs.11,110
2nd Prize:Rs.7770
3rd Prize: Rs.4440
including the certificate,Medals and T-shirt to all participations.
Important Notice:
1. Army, Police, International Runner are not allowed to Participate
2.If any Injury or sickness happen during the race period, organizer will not be resposibile.
3.Form charge for each Participate is Nrs. 1000 including Lunch and Juice.
4.Thank you for joining his event and make sucess.

Hope you you all will make our event sucess- Run for Fun.
Great Plat form for all the Nepal and Nepali People.
Race organizer:
Pasang Lama Sherpa
Dawa Lam Sherpa

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ACAP identifies New Trekking Trails in Annapurna Region

ACAP identifies new trekking trails in Annapurna Region

Author: Media Center

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has identified alternative trekking trails in the famous Annapurna Region. ACAP started exploring new trails after popular trails in the region were shortened with the construction of motorable roads.

Narendra Lama of ACAP´s Pokhara Office said the new routes assure magnificent views of different mountain peaks. “Trekkers can also enjoy cultural diversity while on these routes,” added Lama.

These new trails can be completed in two to eight days. The trail from Tanting of Kaski to Bhujung of Lamjung can be completed in five days. Similarly, the other trail, which starts from Bhujung and ends in Dudhpokhari of Lamjung, can be trekked in four days. The other route will begin from Sikles of Kaski and will end at Timang of Manang.

The longest route, which spans eight days, starts from Khudi of Lamjung and ends at the secluded Nar and Phu villages of Manang.

(myrepublica.com)

According to ACAP, all the new routes will be away from the Beni-Jomsom and Beshisahar-Chame road sections.

“As these road sections have hampered trekking in the region, we explored new routes away from these dusty roads,” Nar Bahadur Amgai, a senior conservationist with ACAP, told Republica.

Amgai said ACAP will work in coordination with Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, and District Development Committee of the concerned districts to develop the trails.

More than 100,000 trekkers visited the Annapurna region last year.

29 teams attempting Everest this season

29 teams attempting Everest this season
Author: Media Center

Twenty-nine expedition teams (as of April 19) from different countries are attempting Mt Everest (8848m) -- the tallest peak on earth -- this spring.

According to Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, 315 foreign mountaineers have received permission to climb Mt Everest.

Last year, the government had permitted 335 foreign mountaineers of 30 teams. Of them 181 had reached the summit of Mt Everest.

The spring climbing season starts from mid-March and runs through May.

Officials of the division said members of most of the expedition teams have already left for Khumbu Region for acclimatization.

The government has mobilized Rs 254 million in revenue from Everest climbing permits this season. Last year, it had mobilized Rs 270 million from climbing permits.

According to officials, royalty fee to climb Mt Everest ranges from $15,000 to $70,000 per expedition. The permit fee depends on the size of the team and route. An expedition having 15 members, for example, has to pay $10,000 per person as permit fee. Twenty-nine expedition teams from different countries are attempting Mt Everest (8848m) -- the tallest peak on earth -- this spring.

According to Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, 315 foreign mountaineers have received permission to climb Mt Everest.

Last year, the government had permitted 335 foreign mountaineers of 30 teams. Of them 181 had reached the summit of Mt Everest.

The spring climbing season starts from mid-March and runs through May.

Officials of the division said members of most of the expedition teams have already left for Khumbu Region for acclimatization.

The government has mobilized Rs 254 million in revenue from Everest climbing permits this season. Last year, it had mobilized Rs 270 million from climbing permits.

According to officials, royalty fee to climb Mt Everest ranges from $15,000 to $70,000 per expedition. The permit fee depends on the size of the team and route. An expedition having 15 members, for example, has to pay $10,000 per person as permit fee.

Guiness Record by Nepali Woman Mountaineer ( Everst)

Guinness record for Nepali woman mountaineer

It is one of the great news for us that our Nepali woman Mountaineer Chhurim sherpa has entered the record book by Climbing of Mt. Everest ( Sagarmatha) twice in the same season.

According to Guinness World Records, she is the first woman to climb the world's highest mountain twice in the same season.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the Guinness World Records certificate to the 29-year-old mountaineer amid a program held in Kathmandu on February 25.

Chhurim, who hails from Solukhumbu, had reached the 8,848-meter summit on May 12, 2012 and again on May 19, 2012.

More than 4,000 mountaineers have reached the summit of Mt Everest since Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and New Zealander Edmund Hillary reached the summit in 1953. But only a few of them are women.

ACAP identifies New Trekking Trails in Annapurna Region

ACAP identifies new trekking trails in Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has identified alternative trekking trails in the famous Annapurna Region. ACAP started exploring new trails after popular trails in the region were shortened with the construction of motorable roads.

Narendra Lama of ACAP´s Pokhara Office said the new routes assure magnificent views of different mountain peaks. “Trekkers can also enjoy cultural diversity while on these routes,” added Lama.

These new trails can be completed in two to eight days. The trail from Tanting of Kaski to Bhujung of Lamjung can be completed in five days. Similarly, the other trail, which starts from Bhujung and ends in Dudhpokhari of Lamjung, can be trekked in four days. The other route will begin from Sikles of Kaski and will end at Timang of Manang.

The longest route, which spans eight days, starts from Khudi of Lamjung and ends at the secluded Nar and Phu villages of Manang.

(myrepublica.com)

According to ACAP, all the new routes will be away from the Beni-Jomsom and Beshisahar-Chame road sections.

“As these road sections have hampered trekking in the region, we explored new routes away from these dusty roads,” Nar Bahadur Amgai, a senior conservationist with ACAP, told Republica.

Amgai said ACAP will work in coordination with Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, and District Development Committee of the concerned districts to develop the trails.

More than 100,000 trekkers visited the Annapurna region last year.

Number of Tourists up 6% in Feb 2013

Number of tourists up 6% in Feb

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 6 percent in February compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.

According to figures released by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 45,123 foreign tourists entered the country through aerial route. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) recorded healthy growth of 46 percent, thanks to robust growth in arrivals from China (135 percent), Malaysia (288.1 percent) and Singapore (111.9 percent), respectively. However, arrivals from Japan, South Korea and Thailand have registered negative growth of 20.1 percent, 29.4 percent, and 0.3 percent respectively.

Arrivals from South Asia region declined by 15.2 percent despite growth in arrivals from Pakistan (44.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (35.3 percent). However, arrivals from India, which is the largest source market for Nepal, witnessed a drop of 18.2 percent. Visitor arrivals from Bangladesh also declined by 5.3 percent.

European markets registered negative growth of 5.5 percent with major destinations showing mixed reaction in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from Germany and the Netherlands were up by 8.3 percent and 21 percent, respectively while arrivals from UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and Russia declined b 6 percent, 13.7 percent, 31.8 percent, 8.7 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Similarly, tourist arrivals from USA (11.2 percent), Canada (42.2 percent) and New Zealand (44.8 percent) increased during the period. However, arrivals from Australia went down by 5.5 percent

SIM Card on Arrival

Tourists can now easily buy a Nepal Telecom's Namaste Prepaid SIM Card at Tribhuvan Int'l Airport and get connected as soon as you land.

SIM Cards are in distribution from December 13, 2009 and for Tourists only.

The charge for SIM Card is NRs. 1135/- which includes talk value worth NRs. 500/-

Available at HAN Counter (TIA)
Tribhuvan Int'l Airport. Another private mobile company Mero Mobile SIM card easily available.

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