Chhewang Nima Sherpa dies on Baruntse
A sad day in Nepalese mountaineering history as Chhewang Nima Sherpa was buried in an avalanch on Baruntse, a popular 7129m peak in the Everest region, on October 23, while busy fixing ropes to the summit at just over 7000m. His body has not been recovered and the search has been called off. He has an impressive list of achievements such as summitting Everest 19 times, Cho Oyo 6 times and Shishapangma 2 times. He is second only to Apa Sherpa in the record number of Everest summits.
Another Lukla flight crash
For the second time in recent years, a plane headed for Lukla crashed in the mountains, this time killing 3 crew members and 11 passengers, 6 of of them being foreign tourists. More on the previous disaster which happend in 2008 can be read here: Airplane crash on Everest route kills 18. Lukla is a popular jump-off point for the Everest trek and is one of the busiest airports in Nepal.
The pilot apparently reported generator failure en route to Lukla and decided to return, but the backup generator also later failed. Without cockpit avionics the plane would be flying blind in rugged terrain and heavy rain. The cause of the crash would seem to be a combindation of technical failure and bad weather.
Everest summits in full swing
Maoists will not disrupt 2011 Tourism Year
The Maoists of Nepal have officially declared that their protests and forced shutdowns (bandas), will not affect tourist activities during the Nepal Tourism Year in 2011. This declaration was formally released on a document. The strikes have crippled and hampered the country severely lately.
Nepal, China recognize two heights of Mount Everest
Chinese Mountaineers and researchers from China climbed Mount Everest in May 2005 and concluded that the rock height of the peak was 3.7 meters less than the estimates made in 1954. This means the summit is 8,844.43 meters as opposed to 8848m, which is the height Nepal seems to be sticking to. Another widely quoted height, which takes into account the snow, is that of 8850m, which was recorded in 1999 using Satellite technology.
Officials from China and Nepal who met this week said both heights were accurate.
Trails, Roads and Airstrips
In addition to turbulent political and civil unrest, the expansion of Nepal’s road network has brought about much change to this small country perched on the world’s highest mountain range.
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