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Only One Survivor After Plane Slips Off Runway

18 people were killed in Kathmandu as pilot is the only one to survive

(Newser) - A domestic plane crashed Wednesday while taking off from the airport serving Nepal's capital, killing 18 people and injuring a pilot who was the lone survivor, the AP reports. Police official Basanta Rajauri said authorities have recovered all 18 bodies. The only survivor was the pilot, who was taken...

66 Believed Missing as Landslide Sweeps Buses Into River

'Incessant rain' hampering search efforts in Nepal

(Newser) - As many as 66 people were believed missing in Nepal after two buses were swept by a landslide off the highway and into the swollen Trishuli River early Friday, officials said. Rescuers were trying to locate the buses but the continuous rain was making rescue efforts difficult, the AP reports....

Boiling Water, Axes Needed to Retrieve Everest's Dead

Team retrieves 5 bodies; hundreds more remain

(Newser) - Climate change is thinning snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest, unveiling the bodies of hundreds of people who died in quest of summiting the world's highest peak. Now comes the process of dealing with them—which, like the Everest climb, is neither easy nor cheap. As...

Everest Climbers to Face 'Ballroom of Death'

Established late due to unstable conditions, this year's climbing route brings added risk

(Newser) - Every spring, the so-called "Icefall Doctors" leave Everest base camp and begin marking the year's official climbing route up to Camp 1. These specialized Nepalese climbers have what's been called " the most dangerous job on earth ," leading the way through the Khumbu Icefall, a treacherous...

5 Bodies Left on Everest Will Soon Be Retrieved

Along with 10 tons of trash

(Newser) - The climbing season opens later this month on Mount Everest, and as people flock to the mountain, the remains of five people who died during their summit attempt will be removed from it. CNN reports Nepal's Mountain Cleanup Campaign intends to bring five bodies off the mountain, as well...

'I Tried to Run, but the Whole House Collapsed'

Powerful quake in northwest Nepal kills more than 150

(Newser) - Survivors of a strong earthquake that shook Nepal's northwest in the middle of the night described sudden shaking, followed by houses collapsing and burying entire families, as the death toll rose to 157 on Saturday. Most of those killed were crushed by debris when their houses—usually made by...

As Deaths Mount, Climbing Everest Gets Pricier

Nepal plans to hike the cost of climbing permits

(Newser) - Nepal is upping the price of its Everest climbing permits—an administrative detail that might not catch much attention, were it not for the size of the increase and the reason behind it. The cost of the permit will jump 36% for foreigners in 2025, from $11,000 to $15,...

Everest Base Camp Has a Big Problem
Plans to Move Everest
Base Camp Dropped
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Plans to Move Everest Base Camp Dropped

Sherpas not supportive of last year's proposal

(Newser) - Looks like Everest base camp is staying where it is. Nearly a year after Nepal's tourism ministry announced plans to move it lower down the mountain due to warming temperatures causing the glacier it currently sits on to melt, the plan has been put aside, the BBC reports. Sherpas...

A Hiking Mecca Makes a Big Rule Change

Nepal bans solo hikes

(Newser) - Hikers who prefer to trek alone will have to scratch a prime destination off their bucket lists: Nepal. The nation is banning foreigners from embarking on solo hikes starting in April, reports the Hindustan Times . The Nepal Tourism Board says it's all about safety because too many solo hiking...

A Grim Repetition of History for Co-Pilot in Nepal Crash

Anju Khatiwada's husband died in a crash 16 years prior

(Newser) - The co-pilot who died Sunday in the crash of Yeti Airlines Flight 691 in Nepal became a pilot after her own husband died in an identical manner 16 years prior, reports the BBC . Anju Khatiwada's husband reportedly died when the Yeti Airlines flight he was co-piloting crashed in June...

No One Expected to Have Survived Nepal Plane Crash

The search continued Monday as an investigation began

(Newser) - Police are warning that there are unlikely to be any survivors of Sunday's devastating plane crash in Nepal . At least 68 of the 72 people aboard the passenger plane, which crashed in a popular Himalayan tourist area as it attempted to land, were confirmed to have been killed soon...

Plane Crashes in Popular Himalayan Vacation Town

At least 68 dead as aircraft crashes into gorge in Pokhara, Nepal, popular site for hikers

(Newser) - A regional passenger plane with 72 people on board crashed into a gorge while landing at a newly opened airport in the resort town of Pokhara in central Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 68, per the AP . Rescuers scoured the crash site near the Seti River, which is about...

'The Serpent' Killed Backpackers in the '70s. Now He's Free

Admitted serial killer Charles Sobhraj is released from a Nepal prison

(Newser) - Confessed French serial killer Charles Sobhraj was freed from prison in Nepal on Friday after serving most of his sentence for killing American and Canadian backpackers and was taken to the airport for a flight back to Paris, his attorney said. His alleged killings were dramatized in a series co-produced...

Nepal to Free Serial Killer Who Preyed on Hippies

Charles Sobhraj was convicted of killing two backpackers in 1975

(Newser) - The man known as "the Serpent"—a French serial killer who went after travelers on the "hippie trail" of Southeast Asia in the 1970s—will soon be freed from prison in Nepal. The country's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that Charles Sobhraj be released due to...

Hilaree Nelson Given a Sherpa Cremation

The ski mountaineer died in a Sept. 26 fall

(Newser) - Hilaree Nelson died on Sept. 26 after falling thousands of feet when a small avalanche struck as she skied down the 26,781-foot Manaslu in Nepal. On Sunday, she received a traditional funeral at a Sherpa cremation ground in that country. The AP reports family, friends, mountaineers, and government officials...

8th-Highest Peak Claims Pioneering US Mountaineer

Body of Hilaree Nelson recovered from Nepal's Mount Manaslu, from which she fell on Monday

(Newser) - Update: The death of US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has been confirmed with the recovery of her body from the world's eighth-highest peak. The 49-year-old fell down the southern side of Nepal's 26,781-foot Mount Manaslu after leaving the summit on Monday. Her partner, Jim Morrison, who was...

Vindication for Climber Banned for Faking Everest Summit

One week after his ban expired, Narender Singh Yadav made it to the top

(Newser) - Update: An Indian man accused of faking a summit of Everest in 2016 was handed a six-year ban on climbing in Nepal—and just days after its expiration on May 20, he made it to the top of Everest, reports the AFP . Narender Singh Yadav made sure the feat was...

'Very Little Chance' of Survivors in Nepal Crash

Bodies of 20 of 22 passengers recovered in Sunday accident

(Newser) - The bodies of 20 of the 22 people aboard the Tara Air plane that slammed into the side of a Nepal mountain Sunday have been recovered, and Reuters reports that hopes for the remaining two are dwindling rapidly. "There is very little chance to find survivors," says Deo...

Search Delayed for Plane in Nepal's Mountains

22 people were aboard flight often taken by foreign hikers

(Newser) - Rescuers zeroed in on a possible location of a passenger plane with 22 people aboard that is feared to have crashed Sunday in cloudy weather in Nepal's mountains, officials said. The Tara Air plane was on a 20-minute scheduled flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 miles east...

They've Climbed the 14 Highest Peaks. Now, a 'Grand Slam' Quest

Nepalese Sherpa brothers set out to climb highest peaks on all 7 continents

(Newser) - Two brothers who are among Nepal's most famous Sherpa guides set out on Monday to scale the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents, in a sweeping global trek that will take them across both the North and South poles. Mingma Sherpa and Chhang Dawa Sherpa...

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