Nepali runners dominate Everest Marathon

Suman Kulung and Nirkala Rai have won the men’s and women’s category of Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held in the Everest Region on Monday.

marathonSuman Kulung and Nirkala Rai have won the men’s and women’s category of Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held in the Everest Region on Monday.

Kulung, who ferries loads of trekkers between Lukla and Everest Base Camp, completed the 42.195 kilometers race in 3:43:57 hours. The 26-year-old Kulung had secured third position in last year’s marathon. Similarly, Nepal Army athletes Surendra Basnet and Bed Bahadur Sunuwar secured second and third positions, respectively, with the timing of 3:52:8 hours and 4:5:40 hours.

The highest marathon in the world begins from the Everest Base Camp (5,300 meters) and concludes at Namche Bazaar (3,450 meters).

The event is organized every year on May 29 to commemorate the first ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary back in 1953.

Similarly, Nirkala clinched the women’s title with the timing of 4:51:33 hours. Purnima Rai and Dawa Doma Sherpa finished in the second and third positions, respectively, completing the marathon in 5:07:26 hours and 5:37:43 hours. All the three ladies are from Solukhumbu district.

The top three finishers in both categories became richer by Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.

Pitor Hercog of Poland won the foreigner’s category with the timing of 4:38:22 hours. Robert Celinski, also from Poland, clocked 4:48:48 hours to secure second position, while French runner Fabrice Arman stood third with the timing of 5:28:30 hours.

Meanwhile, Nepal Army athletes clean swept the 60 km ultra-marathon. Tirtha Bahadur Tamang secured first position clocking 6:38:56 hours, while Mohan Dev Joshi (7:18:16 hours) and Purna Tamang (7:30:00 hours) secured second and third positions, respectively.

The top three finishers in the ultra and foreigner’s categories were given equal amount of Rs 100,000 Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000.

The event was organized by Himalayan Expeditions.

Over 200 climb Mt Everest

More than 100 climbers of different expedition teams reached the summit of Mt Everest from the Nepali side on Monday.

Mt Everest

Mt Everest (File Photo)

More than 100 climbers of different expedition teams reached the summit of Mt Everest from the Nepali side on Monday.

The climbers took advantage of a good weather window to climb the 8,848-meter peak.

Another 100 climbers had reached the summit on Sunday. Before that, 14 climbers, including three members of British Gurkhas Expeditions, had reached the summit of the tallest peak in the world.

Altogether, 454 climbers had climbed Mt Everest last year.

Meanwhile, government officials have refuted media reports that the Hillary Step, an outcrop along the route about 58 meters below the summit, has collapsed. The Hillary Step is still intact, say the officials of the Department of Tourism which issues permits to climber

A section of media had claimed that the 12-meter outcrop had collapsed.

FIVE DIE ON EVEREST

Everest has claimed five lives so far.

The number reached six after the body of Indian climber Ravi Kumar, who had gone missing since Sunday while making a descent from the summit, was found. The Indian climber had fallen some 200 meters down the mountain into a deep gorge.

On Sunday, US climber Roland Yearwood and Vladir Starba of Slovakia breathed their last while trying to conquer Everest. Similarly, seasoned Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck died on April 30.

Similarly, Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was 85, died at base camp early in May while on his way toward the summit. He was hoping to set a world record by becoming the oldest person on Everest summit.

Seasoned Swiss climber perish on Everest

Swiss climber Ueli Steck has perished on the slope of Mt Everest, according to officials of the Department of Tourism.

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Steck prepares for the summit in this photo posted on his Facebook page.

Swiss climber Ueli Steck has perished on the slope of Mt Everest, according to officials of the Department of Tourism.

He fell off while preparing for the summit of Mt Nuptse and skidded about 1,000 meters down, Durga Dutta Dhakal of Department of Tourism, told media persons. Steck had received permission to climb Mt Nuptse and Mt Nuptse, according to Dhakal.

Steck, who is known by the mountaineering community as ‘Swiss Machine’ for his mountaineering feats, died in an accident while he was acclimatizing to prepare for the Everest summit via a new route. His body was recovered from the base of Mount Nupste.

The 40-year-old seasoned alpinist was preparing to climb Mount Everest via West Ridge which is regarded as a technically difficult route. The route has seen more deaths than successful ascents, say mountaineers.

“Quick Day from Base Camp up to 7,000 meters and back. I love it. It is such a great place here. I still believe in active acclimatization. This is way more effective than spending nights up in the altitude!” Steck wrote on his Facebook page on April 26.

He had climbed Mt Everest without using bottled oxygen in 2012. In 2015, he climbed all 82 Alpine peaks over 4,000 meters in just 62 days. Steck won the Piolet d’Or award, also known as the Oscar of the Mountaineering, in 2014 in recognition of his mountaineering feats.

Earlier in 2013, Steck and two other mountaineers – Simone Moro and Jonathan Griffith – were involved in a brawl with Sherpas. The unfortunate event had drawn worldwide media attention.

Steck’s body has been flown to Kathmandu.

This is the first death in the 2017 climbing season of Everest which stretches till May.

Missing Taiwanese trekker found after six weeks

A Taiwanese trekker, who went missing about six weeks ago in Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal region of the Nepal Himalayas, was rescued on Wednesday.

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Liang Sheng-yue and his girlfriend Liu Chen-chun. (File Photo)

A Taiwanese trekker, who went missing about six weeks ago in Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal region of the Nepal Himalayas, was rescued on Wednesday.

But his girlfriend, also a Taiwanese, was not lucky.  She died three days ago, according to Liang Sheng-yue, 21, who is receiving treatment at Kathmandu’s Grande Hospital.

Liang told rescue workers that he and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Liu Chen-chun, got lost on March 9 and fell off into a gorge while negotiating through snow-filled trekking trail. He told rescue workers that they survived for weeks by drinking water from a stream, and eating snow and salt which they were carrying.

The couple had not hired a trekking support staff of taken assistance of any local trekking agency.

Rescue workers had to abseil down a 200-meter rope into the gorge to pull Liang out before flying him to Kathmandu.

The itinerary sent by the family of the victims show that the couple had planned to return to Kathmandu on March 30.

Liang his receiving treatment at Grande Hospital, while the deceased’s body has been kept at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for post-mortem. As Ruby Valley is one of the newly explored trekking trails in the Ganesh Himal region, the trail is less crowded and also has basic facilities.

Makalu, Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee celebrated with gusto

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchanjunga was celebrated with much fanfare and rejoicing by organizing various programs in Kathmandu as well eastern Nepal.

kanchanjungaThe Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchanjunga was celebrated with much fanfare and rejoicing by organizing various programs in Kathmandu as well eastern Nepal.

Dhundu Raj Ghimire, joint secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, inaugurated the Mt Makalu-Mt Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee Celebration, General Assembly of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) and International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Kathmandu on November 18.

The two-day conference on International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Nepal concluded saw paper presentation on various topics by different personalities. Climate Change and Tourism in Sikkim, Impact of Geohazard/Earthquake on Mountain Tourism, Adventure Tourism in Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges, Changing Tourism Scenario in India, Climate Change and its Impact on Livelihoods, Mountain Tourism Recovery Strategies and Crisis Management, Earthquake in Nepal and Impact to Tourism with Revitalizing Strategy, Building Resilient Livelihoods in Nepali Hazardscape, Weather Services in Mountain Tourism, Recalibrating Mountain Development: A shake up is needed, Challenges of Safety in Mountaineering, Mountain Sports for Tourism Promotion in Asia, Climate Change and Tourism in Asia and Impact of Climate Change and Earthquake in Mountain Tourism of Nepal – Lessons Learnt.

Meanwhile, Kathmandu Metropolitan City organized civic reception at Narayanhity Palace Museum for all national and international Makalu-Kanchenjunga summiteers and participants of UAAA.

Similarly, the UAAA General Assembly started with a welcome speech by the Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering Sherpa and opening remarks by UAAA President Inn Leoung Lee. At the assembly, reports on environment, youth and expedition were presented by Iran, China and Nepal, respectively.

The general assembly also decided to grant the status of ‘observer member’ to Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). Similarly, it proposed to grant ‘observer member’ status to Expedition Operator Association (EOA) from Nepal and Mongolian National Climbing Federation from Mongolia.

Mt.Makalu Diamond Jubilee Celebration

President Vidhya Devi Bhandari inaugurated the Mt. Makalu Diamond Jubilee Celebration on at Chichila, Khandbari of Sankhuwasabha on November 21.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, Shankar Prasad Adhikari- Chairman of the Makalu Kanchenjunga Main Organizing Committee &Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, foreign delegates, and representatives of different government and nongovernment organization and tourism related organization were present at the program.

The chief guest also conferred medals Diamond Jubilee medals on Makalu summiteers at the same program.

Mt. Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Similarly, the main program of Mt Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee Celebration was organized in Suketaar of Taplejung on November 22.

Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal graced the program as the Chief Guest. Speaking at the program, Dahal appreciated the initiative of local people for their active participation in the program. He highlighted on some major development policies and programs initiated for the development of Taplejung district.

Dahal also conferred Diamond Jubilee medals on Kanchenjunga summiteers on the same program.