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APPOINTS RECORD-SETTING INDIAN EVERESTER AS ITS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

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Acting DG of Department of Tourism Durga Dutta Dhakal felicitates Dharmshaktu as ASTS President Rabi Thapa (left) and ASTS Patron Bikram Pandey (right) look on.

Adventure Sports Tourism Society (ASTS) has appointed Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu – the first Indian national to climb Mt Everest – as its goodwill ambassador for the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Acting Director General of the Department of Tourism Durga Dutta Dhakal handed over a certificate of ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ to Dharmshaktu amid a program organized in Lalitpur on Thursday. He also put a special tiara made of Bodhi leaves on Dharmshaktu’s head on behalf of the ASTS.

Speaking at the program, director general Dhakal congratulated Dharmshaktu and said he was hopeful that appointment of Dharmshaktu as goodwill ambassador of ASTS would help in promotion of adventure tourism in both Nepal and India.

Similarly, ASTS patron Bikram Pandey Kaji said the new partnership would help to promote adventure tourism in this part of the Himalayas. “Nepal and India have many things in common. One of them is the Himalayas. Appointing Dharmshaktu as ASTS’s goodwill ambassador is a part of our effort to promote adventure sports tourism across the Himalayas. It will also help to promote cross-border tourism,” he added.

Likewise, Dharmshaktu said that he was touched by the gesture showed by the Nepali adventure tourism fraternity. “I express commitment to work for development and expansion of adventure sports tourism in India,” he added. “Despite living on the other side of border, I love Nepal. Nepal is like a second home to me.”

On the occasion, ASTS also unveiled its new working committee with Rabi Thapa as president. Uttam Manandhar, Dipesh Shrestha, and a representatives of each from canyoning, are the vice presidents, while Deepak Rai is the general secretary.

Speaking at the program, President Thapa said he would forge synergy among all those involved in adventure sports tourism and work for the development and expansion of adventure sports tourism.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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