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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.

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.



Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei, the first woman to conquer Mt Everest (8848m) – the tallest peak on earth, is no more.

She breathed her last on October 20 while undergoing treatment at Saitama Cancer Center. She was 77.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), said Japan Mountaineering Association notified him of Tabei’s sad demise, according to Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

Tabei, who was born on September 22, 1939, in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, rose to fame when she reached the summit of Mt Everest in May 1975. She was also the first women to complete Seven Summits – conquer the tallest peaks of all continents.

According to BBC, Tabei’s ascent of Mt Everest came 12 days after she was swept away in an avalanche on the mountain. She was dug out by a guide and continued the expedition.

The successful summit was heralded as a symbol of the huge strides Japanese women had made in their long struggle for equality and freedom of choice — strides exemplified in part by Tabei herself forming the Ladies Climbing Club: Japan in 1969 after graduating with a degree in English literature from Showa Women’s University, where she started climbing mountains, the Japan Times wrote.

Tabei visited Nepal more than 20 times after her successful summit. She, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, was among the high profile guests that visited Nepal observed the Golden Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Everest in 2003.

pune couple

Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod of Pune Police.

The government has slapped a 10-year ban on an Indian police couple, who submitted doctored images to establish their Mt Everest summit claim, from climbing any mountain in the country.

Dinesh and Dinesh Rathod had claimed that they successfully climbed Mt Everest on May 23 and furnished their photographs, among other proofs, to get climbing certificate. But follower climbers raised doubt on the claim, stating that the photos they submitted as proof were manipulated.

Though the Department of Tourism (DoT) under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had initially certified the claim, it had launched investigation based on complaints of others and eventually revoked their certificate.

Sudarshan Dhakal, director general of DoT, told media persons that the climbing certificate issued to the Rathod couple was cancelled and a 10-year ban imposed on them from climbing any mountains in Nepal.

According to the DoT, 456 people, including more than 250 foreign climbers, reached the summit of Mt Everest in spring 2016.

MountaineeringThe government is putting in place a legal provision that makes it mandatory for mountaineers to climb any 7,000 meters in Nepal before attempting Mt Everest or other 8,000-meter peaks.

The new provision is being introduced by amending the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation under the Tourism Act. The draft of amendment prepared by the Department of Tourism also states that the government will prevent solo climbers as well as mountaineers above 75 years, double amputees and visually impaired from climbing peaks.
Existing regulation bars individuals below 16 years of age from involving in mountaineering activities.

Similarly, the new amendment also envisages giving climbing certificates to Sherpas who accompany mountaineers to the summit of Mt Everest. The government is also mulling over banning chopper ride above base camp.

Officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT) say that the new legal arrangement was being made to make mountaineering in Nepal safe.

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