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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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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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