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Ban on blizzard-hit trekking route lifted

Authorities have lifted the ban on trekking through some sections of the Annapurna trekking route.

Following blizzards and avalanches at various places last week, trekkers were restricted from crossing the Thorang Pass section of the Annapurna Circuit since Friday.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara said now the trekkers are free to walk through any part of the circuit. 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

Snowstorm sweeps West Nepal

Unusual rains accompanied by snowstorm which swept through western Nepal, have reportedly killed at least 21 people, including 12 foreigners, and left scores missing. Eighteen have been rescued from different incident sites in Manang and Mustang districts on Wednesday. Three persons, believed to be local yak herders were found dead in Nar-4 village in Manang on Tuesday. With this, the snow blizzard toll reaches 24 in the past two days.

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We would like to inform that the entire Himalayan Glacier Team and Clients who are trekking in the western region of Nepal are safe and have been moved to a secure area. The weather condition is gradually improving from Wednesday morning in many parts of the country, including the Annapurna region. We expect improved weather throughout the country from Thursday. Himalayan Glacier would like to extend its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and friends.

Guru Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche visits Lumbini

LUMBINI, Oct 7: Prominent Buddhist Guru Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche has visited birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini recently.

Guru Rinpoche, who arrived to visit Lumbini with his 21 disciples, told after visiting Lumbini that the birth place of Lord Buddha is a great source of inspiration for the peace in the world.

He also termed that Lumbini’s divine energy of peace and spirituality is the prodigious in the world.

Guru Shyalpa, who arrived here  to observe the construction site of to be built Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace, also visited relic of Tilaurakot Palace where Prince Siddhartha Gautama had spent his 29 years.

On the occasion, he emphasized on the preservation of Buddha’s birth place as it is important and relevant to all the religious communities.

Guru Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche is a prominent writer and an expert in Buddhist study.

His spiritual book entitled as ‘In Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath’ had become best seller book in USA back in 2012.

Source: myrepublica.com

Pemba, Ang cruise to Ultra Marathon titles

SOLUKHUMBHU, OCT 07 – Pemba Sherpa and Ang Chhutin Sherpa won the first Royal Penguin Ultra Marathon titles here on Monday.

Pemba left behind 18 participants to win the 60-km race that began from Namche Bazaar located at an altitude of 3,440 metres. Pemba, a 24-year old jopkyo — a hybrid of yak and cow — businessman, finished the race in seven hours and 24 minutes. Ang clocked nine hours and 11 minutes for women’s crown.

Pemba had previously participated in the 18-day run from Jiri in Dolakha to Renjo Pass, Chola pass, Everest Base Camp and Lukla in 2013 and in the 42-km long Tenzing Hilllary Everest Marathon held earlier this year.

From the starting point, the runners went uphill towards Dole (4200m), Gokyo (4,800 meters) and then to westwards to the Renjo-La before beginning the descend from Marlung (4260m), Thame (3800m) and back to Namche. The route is considered to be one of the most challenging ones for the height the runners climb in a day. Read More

Paragliding in Kathmandu!

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The super adventurous sport of paragliding will commence officially in the Kathmandu valley after conclusion of the Dashain festival with a joint effort from the South Korean ParaLove Company and the Paragliding And Hand Gliding Company based in the capital city.

The paragliding will take place from Bisankhunarayan VDC of the Lalitpur district.

At least 10 glider-aircrafts –five double seated aircrafts with pilots and five single seated aircrafts – will be used for the airborne entertainment at Kotdanda, Chapakharka and Bistachap areas of Bisankhunarayan-4.

The airborne entertainment service is currently on a test at the localities from where visitors get a chance of relishing a splendid view of the three districts of the valley below.

The service that will start with the theme ´Paragliding in Kathmandu´ will be open for public from 8 am to 5 pm.

Royalty Free New Trekking Peaks under NMA

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As  per  the  decision  of  Ministry  of  Culture,  Tourism  and Civil Aviation,  mountains of the height less than 5800m will be promoted as trekking peaks and royalty fee has been waived for those peaks. Hence, the  following  peaks  managed by NMA are free of royalty fee from now.

1. Tent Peak (5663m)

2. Mardi Himal (5587m)

3. Yala Peak (5732 m)

4. Chukung ri (5550 m)

Nepal’s first aircraft museum ready

DHANGADHI, Sept 16 :In a first of its kind in the country, an aircraft museum has been completed in Dhanghadi.

The museum, housed inside an old aircraft of the now defunct airline Cosmic Air, has on display 200 down-sized prototypes of aircraft ranging from the first plane flown by the Wright Brothers to other models since.

The country´s first aircraft museum has been set up at Hasanpur, Dhangadhi by Bed Upreti, a Dhangadhi local who is currently working as a pilot trainer for an airline company in Indonesia.

Captain Upreti claimed that Nepal´s first aircraft museum is a first of its kind in the entire world. The fact that the museum is housed in an airplane sets it apart from others.

Upreti told Republica that the museum can become a resource center for those interested in learning about different types of aircraft built in the world since 1903. Read More