July 27, 2014
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.
• 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
July 20, 2014
Home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, it is only apt that Nepal is called ‘the Home of the Gods’. Conquering the majestic Himalayas can be a far-away dream of a lifetime to some while it could simply be an extreme sport, an exhilarating pursuit that offers the ultimate challenge of strength, endurance, and sacrifice for others. For those who harbor an interest in the Himalayan climb, these Short-Peak Climbing will steer beginners through their first ascent:
Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya. Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region.
July 8, 2014
One of the most popular climbing peaks within the Annapurna region, Pisang Peak is one of the smallest trekking peaks famous among novice climbers for its easy climb, short span and breathtaking Himalayan vistas. Pisang Peak rises above from Pisang village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid.
In order to reach the base camp from the Pisang village, the path moves up through thin wood and grazing land to a Kharka (4,380 m.) which is considered as the best place for base-camp set-up. Base camp lies at an elevation of 4200m in a flat alpine section along the ragged trail. The peak is fortified by a hanging glacier to the west part which is considerably challenging. The final summit of the Pisang peak is seen covered by snow throughout the year. Read more
June 18, 2014
The sixth highest mountain (8,201 meters) in the world and the most frequently climbed 8,000m peak, Cho Oyu needs no introduction. Often regarded as a stepping-stone to an attempt on Everest, Cho Oyu presents one with an excellent opportunity to extend one’s experience to extreme altitudes. The literal meaning of Cho Oyu is “Goddess of Turquoise’, as its stark shadows appear turquoise against the light of the setting sun when viewed from Tibet. Located on the Tibet and Nepal border and a part of the Great Himalaya Trail, this expedition not only tests your limits in high altitudes but also provides a unique chance to experience the Himalayan Tibetan culture. Read more
June 15, 2014
Conquering the majestic Himalayas can be a far-away dream of a lifetime to some while it could simply be an extreme sport, an exhilarating pursuit that offers the ultimate challenge of strength, endurance, and sacrifice for others. Only a handful of people are actually lucky enough to mark Himalayas off their travel bucket list. A truly rewarding experience, a Himalayan expedition comes with a price as it can be highly dangerous, even fatal where anything can go haywire. Especially when the climber is out of his or her depth, or simply gets overwhelmed by weather, terrain, ice, or other dangers of the mountain. Inexperience, poor planning, and inadequate equipment can all contribute to injury or death, so knowing what to do right matters.
Despite the risks, when done right, mountain climbing is an exciting, exhilarating, and gratifying experience. For those who harbor an interest in the Himalayan climb, following tips will surely guide beginners through their first ascent: Read more
June 4, 2014
SOLUKHUMBU, JUN 04 – Though it is more than two years since 29-year-old British national Zisimos Souflas went missing from Namche Bazaar, his whereabouts still remains a mystery.
Police personnel, locals and Souflas’ relatives carried out a massive search operation but the effort went in vain.
Souflas, who had gone on a solo trek after attending the wedding of his friend Siddhartha Thapa-grandson of former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa in Kathmandu-went missing from Namche Bazaar where he is said to have stayed at Hotel Tibet.
His relatives regularly visit Nepal with hopes to trace his whereabouts, chances of finding him alive have become very slim, authorities say.
In another similar instance, Slovakian citizen Thomas Princzkel has been missing for the past one and a half months in the Everest region. Thomas, who was on his third visit to Nepal as part of a bike ride around the world, was last seen in Dingboche on April 21. Helicopters were used to search for him several times and his relatives have even declared a cash prize of Rs 50,000 in return for information about him. Thomas, however, is yet to be traced. Read more
May 8, 2014
Lhakpa Ri, being one of the easiest ascents that goes beyond 7000m, not only presents itself as one of the undemanding expedition but also with an opportunity to trek in the footsteps of George Mallory, early Everest pioneer. Mt. Lhakpa Ri has more to offer with its glorious mountain vistas and a chance, often rare, to gain a deep insight and life-long impression of Tibet and its people. Lhakpa Ri mountaineering expedition gives you an impeccable mountain climbing experience amidst the richly varied landscape. Lhakpa Ri, towering over Tibet mountain range at an elevation of 7,045 meters, divides the upper East Rongbuk glacier and upper Kharta glacier. It lies in proximity to mighty Mt Everest boasting mesmerizing sights of Nyonno Ri range in eastern Tibet, the north faces of Chomolonzo, Makalu and Pethangtse, Shartse, Kangshung (east) face of Everest, east face of Lhotse, the north east ridge of Everest, the North Col, Changtse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma as stunning backdrops. Read more
April 11, 2014
Known as the Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal has 1310 mountains which range from over 5500 meters (18,090 ft) to 8848m (29,028ft) above sea level making it a popular destination for mountaineers all over the world. Among 33 officially opened trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya.