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Oh Eun-Sun a South Korean mountaineer, on April 27, 2010, became the first woman and the 21st person to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders. However, Oh's feat has been disputed by her closest rival, Edurne Pasaban, and others who questioned Oh's summit of Kangchenjunga. The accomplishment has been accepted by 8000ers.com, the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and ExplorersWeb. Elizabeth Hawley, well-known chronicler of Himalayan expeditions, said it would be counted, but would be marked as disputed pending further investigation.

Read more: First Woman to Climb All Fourteen Eight-Thousanders

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.

Seven resorts situated inside Chitwan National Park were shut down abruptly on Thursday, July 16.

Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mount Everest for the nineteenth time on May 21, 2009.

An ambitious campaign, NTY 2011 (Nepal Tourism Year 2011), aims to see one million tourist arrivals in 2011, in addition to developing the necessary tourism infrastructure. The announcement was made by the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation on January 25, 2009.

People often ask, “I’d love to see Everest, what is the quickest trip way to get to the Base Camp?” Well, one can literally drive to the northern Base Camp on the Tibet side, but lets have a look at the very popular Nepal side, since that’s what most people have in mind when they ask that question. What is the least amount of time needed to get up there? What’s involved? Are you fit enough to make it?

On Wednesday morning, October 8th, a Yeti Airlines Twin Otter plane crashed landed near the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, a busy airport on the Everest trail. There was only one survivor among 18 people who were killed.

Tibet is once again open to travelers after being closed for several months. The Chinese government closed the region to outsiders following the much publicised protests that broke out recently. Many restrictions are still in place however.

The newly declared republic of Nepal continued on a historic journey of change as the country’s first ever president was sworn in on July 23rd.

On Wednesday, the 28th of May, the newly elected Constituent Assembly, meeting for the first time, officially declared Nepal a republic and abolished the long standing monarchy.