Climbing and Expedition

Young Brit breaks record for swift summit to Island Peak


Twelve year old Oisin McDevitt is no regular school boy given the number of records he has broken for conquering some of the world’s monstrous mountains. Oisin McDevitt broke another record on 24th October, 2014 – this time for the speed he got to the top of one in the Himalayas. McDevitt climbed 6,200 metres to the top of Island Peak on the flanks of Everest in just four and a half days, something very few adults have managed to achieve. Himalayan Glacier organized the overall trip which was spearheaded by Mr. Chhewang Sherpa, one of the finest climbing leaders from Himalayan Glacier. McDevitt was accompanied by his father and an acquaintance during the expedition. Read More

Nepali female mountaineers’ team to climb tallest Antarctica mountain

An all-woman seven-member mountaineers’ team, which has already successfully climbed the highest mountains in the six inhabited continents, is preparing to start on an expedition to climb to Antarctica aiming to reach the summit of Mount Vinson Massif, the highest mountain there.

Mt Vinson is the last remaining mountain in the teams’ campaign to ascend all the highest mountains in the seven continents.

The team was handed the Nepali flag for its final ascent at an event held by Nepal Mountaineers Association (NMA) in Kathmandu on Monday, December 8, 2014. Read More

Killer Climbs: The 10 Deadliest Mountains in the World


We love to talk about the most fearsome mountains, the deadliest, the most dangerous, the “Death Zone,” the risks, which one gives us the least chance of standing on top instead of destroying us. Whatever the appeal, it endures. Here are the some of the killer climbs that have made into Top 10 Deadliest Mountains in the World:

1. Mount Everest

Though the infamous Mt. Everest has taken the most lives on this list, it’s high number of attempts each year actually make it’s fatality rate much less. At a rate of about 9%, Everest has claimed more than 200 lives over the years. Read More

Khumbu listed among Lonely Planet’s 10 best regions


KATHMANDU, OCT 29 – Lonely Planet has placed Nepal’s Khumbu region among the 10 best regions to explore in 2015. Khumbu is also known as the Everest region.

The guide book has placed Nepal in the sixth spot after Gallipoli in Turkey, Rocky Mountain National Park in the US, Toledo in Belize, Tasmania in Australia and Norway Arctic in Norway. Read More

Five-year-old boy climbs Kala Patthar

Five-year-old Harshit Saumitra from Darbhanga, India, has become the youngest mountaineer to successfully climb Kala Patthar (5,554 metres) in the Mt Everest region.

According to members of the expedition, Harshit climbed Kala Patthar on October 17. Harshit was a member of an expedition that comprised his father Rajeev and two Sherpa guides.

During a press meet in the Capital today, Rajeev, a famous Indian mountaineer said that it took his son 10 days to reach the base camp, which for ordinary people takes seven days. According to him, Harshit was moving towards the base camp at a time when dozens of people, mostly foreigners, were losing their lives in blizzards in the Annapurna circuit. “I had taken special precaution for his safety. His health condition is perfectly sound.” Read More

Kilimanjaro: The Roof of Africa

Soaring above the rippling tea plantations and low hills of northeastern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) is Africa’s highest peak. Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights. Every year, over 50,000 people set foot in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.


Follow the less traveled Shira Route up the western slope, hiking eight days through the spectacular landscapes of five temperate zones. On this once-in-a-lifetime trek, take in extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles, and experience the sunrise from the roof of Africa.

Trip highlights:

  • Climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and sleep on its crater floor.
  • Explore rain forests, heather moors, lava formations, and glaciers.
  • Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the mountain with local naturalists.

More than 300 climbers in bid to attempt mountains this autumn

KATHMANDU: With the beginning of this year’s last climbing season, many climbers have set out to climb fourteen different mountains of Nepal.

According to officials at the tourism industry division of the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 316 mountaineers from 32 countries have obtained permit to climb mountains ranging from Arniko Chuli (6,039 m) to Mt Lhotse (8,516 m).


“Mountaineers, including 99 female, nine of them expedition leaders,representing 42 expedition groups, have attended the ministry’s briefing after obtaining climbing permits for the autumn season, Joint Secretary Madhu Sudan Burlakoti who heads the tourism industry division at the ministry said. Read More

Nepali women summit Mt K2

KATHMANDU: Three Nepali female climbers set a world record by scaling Mt K2 (8,611m) this afternoon, the expedition organisers said.

According to Himalayan Women Welfare Society, experienced mountaineers Maya Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa conquered Mt K2, also known as ‘mountain of mountains’ at 3:35pm local time.

“We are so overwhelmed with joy that we do not have words to express our happiness,” a statement by the first Nepali Women K2 Expedition – 2014 said. “It is a proud moment for all Nepali women,” it said.

Maya, team leader of the expedition, has 11 years of experience in mountaineering and has already scaled Mt Everest twice. Pasang Lhamu and Dawa Yangzum are also experienced climbers.

The team, with the motto ‘women climbing for climate change’ climbed K2 in the Himalayan Karakoram ranges of Pakistan. Their aim was to raise awareness about global warming around the world, said Nima Nuru Sherpa, adviser of the expedition. “We became the first Nepali female expedition team to scale the mountain carrying our national flag. Certainly, it is a very proud feeling.”

The expedition was organised by Himalayan Women Welfare Society in coordination with Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, the private sector and other development agencies.

The Ministry of Environment bid farewell to female climbers on May 21 at a function in the capital. The estimated cost of the expedition was around eight million rupees. The expedition was sponsored by ICIMOD, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and many other tourism-related organisations.

According to mountaineering database, K2 is known as the ‘Cruel Mountain’ due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. Also, one out of every four persons attempting to scale the summit has died.

According to the Guinness World Records, Wanda Rutkiewicz (Poland) had climbed K2 on 23 June, 1986, becoming the first woman to climb the mountain.

Summit objectives

• To climb Mt K2 to mark the 60th anniversary of its first ascent

• Promote mountain tourism in Nepal and women’s participation in it

• Raise awareness among major stakeholders working on climate change in Nepal about the impacts of global climate change on the Himalayas

• Demonstrate the strength of women and their potential to bring about positive change

Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 26 July, 2014