449 climbers scale Mt Everest
At least 449 climbers including 190 foreigners successfully scaled the world’s highest peak in the spring climbing season after a team of rope-fixing climbers opened a climbing route to the Mt Everest summit on May 15, THT report.
With the closure of the climbing season, the world’s highest mountain also recorded five deaths this spring, officials said.
According to the..
China closes Mt Everest
The Chinese government has officially closed Mt Everest and other mountains from climbing in the upcoming autumn season from Tibetan side saying that the mountaineering sector witnessed a series of problems including an illegal north-south traverse by a polish climber on the roof of the world last month, THT report.
Issuing a circular today, China Tibet Mountaineering Association announced..
Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed
A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers, BBC report.
Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake.
The near-vertical 12m (39ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain's southeast ridge, and was the last great challenge before the top.
It was named after Sir..
Barack Obama’s kitesurfing adventure
Before returning to Washington, the former president dove into an aquatic and athletic challenge with his friend, Virgin Group founder and billionaire Richard Branson, while vacationing on the British Virgin Islands with former first lady Michelle Obama, according to CNN.
Now that Obama is free from many Secret Service-imposed restrictions that did not allow him to partake in activities like..
A Japan pilgrimage for the once forbidden sex
It's difficult to imagine how the female pilgrims trekking the perimeter of Koyasan, one of Japan's most holy sites, centuries ago must have felt while making their journey, CNN report.
On the one hand, this "women pilgrims route" in Wakayama prefecture is a seven-kilometer stretch of incredible natural beauty.
Thick, silent forests, moss-covered rocks and trickling streams share space..
3 record-holder women to climb Mt Kanchenjunga next spring
Three record-holder women climbers today announced that they would attempt to climb the world’s third highest peak in the next spring season with an aim to add a new feather to their caps, THT report.
Maya Sherpa (37), Dawa Yangzum Sherpa (27) and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (31), the self-made climbers who set the world record for Nepal after successfully scaling the Mt K2 (8,611m) in 2014 said..
Pokhara on Forbes top ten cheapest tourism destiny
The world famous Forbes Magazine has published the list of 20 best value cities for budget travelers placing Pokhara of Nepal at the top.
According to US Nepal Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Bed Kharel, the list published by the Forbes magazine would play significant role to attract tourists. The Forbes Magazine publishes the list of richest people of the world.
Kharel said, "Medium..
Nepali soldiers start efforts to drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest
Nepali soldiers have kicked off efforts to partially drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, fearing possible flooding that could threaten the lives of thousands, THT reports.
Scientists say climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, creating huge glacial lakes which could burst their banks and devastate mountain communities.
Mother of Mount Everest victim says ‘its a life wasted’
From half a world away, Maritha Strydom was following her daughter's progress on Mount Everest last week through a series of satellite "pings" from the climber's phone.
Then the pings stopped. And soon after Strydom got the news every parent dreads -- not through a phone call, she says, but by reading a news article online.
Her daughter, Maria Strydom, had died of altitude sickness in the arms..
Nepal’s only international airport’s service is below par
The performance of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal as an effective services provider has been far from satisfactory as airline operators, the principal users of the Nepali airspace, have alleged.
The unsettling frequency of unwarranted air incidents, the latest involving air traffic controllers, who caused an aborted takeoff of a Jet Airways flight two weeks ago at Tribhuvan..
2073 is ‘Ghumphir Barsa’ for Nepal
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Monday announced Bikram Sambat 2073 as 'Ghumphir Barsa', which means travel year, in a bid to promote domestic tourism. The initiative is part of the government's preparations to organise International Tourism Year 2017-18 according to Kathmandu Post.
A minister-level decision had approved the proclamation of Ghumphir Barsa last Friday. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli..
Attractions of ancient Indian stepwells
Victoria Lautman's travels sound like something straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. Armed with a humble little point-and-shoot camera ("Well, I'm sliding in horrible pits, I need to be able to hold it in my teeth") the Chicago-based adventure-journalist travels across India hunting for ancient, unexplored ruins.
Lautman's favorite pastime, or "obsession" as she calls it, is finding..
Einstien was right again
Einstein was right.
Just over 100 years after he published his general theory of relativity, scientists have found what Albert Einstein predicted as part of the theory: gravitational waves.
"We have detected gravitational waves. We did it," said David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which was created to do just what Reitze..
Inside mysterious, Secretive Bhutan
In the age when not even a secretive communist state is spared from the Internet, Bhutan remains one of the most mysterious lands in the world.
The world largely knows the majority Buddhist country for its stunning, cliff-side Taktshang Lhakhang temple and unique Gross National Happiness index.
"Economists the world over have argued that the key to happiness is obtaining and enjoying..
Top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2016 are….
Help has arrived for travelers who've resolved to avoid spending their tourism cash in countries with poor human rights and environmental records.
Non-profit group Ethical Traveler -- a project of the Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute -- has just released its annual list of the 10 most forward-thinking countries in the developing world.
According to the California-based group, each country..
Bed heads: Colorado’s Airbnb-style website for cannabis lovers
As the whirlwind success of the marijuana social network Massroots has demonstrated, there is a substantial appetite for cannabis-related services. This is especially true in US states such as Colorado and Oregon, where, in October, buying marijuana for recreational use from dispensaries became legal. But while the app’s success shows what an online service can achieve, tackling the practical..
About 47 million Americans plan Thanksgiving travel
Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year and this year is no exception. Nearly 47 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the long weekend according to forecasts.
And with low gas prices, AAA Travel projects this holiday could be the biggest travel-by-car event since 2007.
In the Washington region, more than a million..
Public vehicle will be available in capital during Tihar
Kathmandu, November 11: Nepal government has decided to operate 12 vehicles on different routes in the Capital Kathmandu during Tihar holidays for the convenience of people.
The services will be available from November 11 to 14.
A meeting of the government high-ranking officials, on Tuesday under the chair of Chief Secretary, agreed to operate bus services 12 hours a day (from 7:00 am to..
Four people died in an road accident in Rautahat
Rautahat, November 10: Four people died in an road accident at Balchanpur Chok of Rautahat district along the Gaur-Chandranigahapur road section, on early Tuesday morning.
According to District Police Office, Rautahat, the incident occurred when a motorcycle (Na 33 Pa 2068) collided with a mini truck (Na 5 Kha 9791) coming from the opposite direction.
Police further said the four youth,..
Price hike in Domestic airlines in Nepal
The state-owned oil monopoly doubled the price of aviation fuel sold to domestic carriers to Rs232.78 per litre from Rs118 per litre as it has to be flown in due to an unofficial trade blockade by India which has virtually cut off shipments by surface transport.
Airlines did not wait long to jack up the fuel surcharge. Fuel accounts for 30-35 percent of the total operating costs, and it becomes..