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9 Sherpas scale Everest after 2 years

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KATHMANDU — Nine high-altitude mountain guides scaled the peak of Mount Everest on Wednesday, the first group to climb the world’s highest peak in two years after deadly avalanche in 2014 forced a closure.

Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha of the Mountaineering Section at the Department of Tourism (DoT), confirmed that the first Sherpa group in the last two years scaled the world’s tallest peak at 5:05 pm to fix the ropes to the summit of Everest to pave the way for other climbers.

According to Shrestha, Neema Chiri Sherpa, Aang Temba Sherpa, Pasang Tenji Sherpa, Mingma Chiri Sherpa, Gyaljen Dorje Sherpa, Aang Gyaljen Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Lakpa Chiri Sherpa and Shere Gyaljen Sherpa reached the top of Mount Everest on Wednesday.

The group has become the first to summit Mount Everest after a gap of two years. They cleared the way along the final stretch of Mount Everest.

The Everest was closed in April 2014 after the destructive torrential slide that killed 16 Nepali Sherpa guides. What’s more, in April of the next year, a devastating earthquake hit the country affecting expeditions to the mountain.

But on May 23, Chinese climber Wang Jing reached the summit of Everest. Her ascent, however, had sparked controversy as she had bypassed the Khumbu Icefall on a helicopter.

The two disasters had forced all the aspiring climbers to abandon or delay their expedition plans.

As many as 289 climbers are in bid to climb Mount Everest this season. The success rate of reaching the summit stands at 50-60 percent.

Earlier on February 29, the government had decided to extend the climbing permits of those climbers whose expeditions were affected by last year’s earthquake for two successive years.

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Far-West Province has high potential: Minister Bhatta

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BAITADI— Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has high potentials for development.

At an orientation programme for journalists in Baitadi on Saturday, Bhatta said that the Far-West Province has high chance for religious tourism.

On the occasion, Province Minister Bhatta feted Far-West Provincial Chairman of National Association of Tourism Journalists (NATOJ) Amar Raj Bhattarai and newly-elected Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Baitadi chapter Mahesh Prasad Awasthi.

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