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Photo journalist Purnima Shrestha scales Everest

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KATHMANDU — Nepal’s Photo journalist Purnima Shrestha has successfully stepped on the top of Mount Everest on Saturday becoming the first Nepali photo journalist to successfully ascend the world’s highest peak.

Shrestha, 26, also a member of Photo Journalists Club (PJ Club) reached the summit at 8:10 am. Before setting her foot to the highest peak in the world, Shrestha exhibited single photo exhibition of Nepali women climbers from Everest base camp to the summit themed ‘Smiling Nepali Women.’

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Shrestha, who hails from Arughat in Gorkha district, has also climbed Manaslu Mountain in on September 26, 2017.

Shrestha currently works as photo journalist for Karobar National Economic Daily.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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