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Six Nepalese dead, six missing in Everest avalanche

At least six Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and six others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday in one of the deadliest accidents on the world's highest peak, officials said. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

Nepal to double ropes on Everest to cut traffic snarls

Nepal will double the number of climbing ropes on Mount Everest in a bid to cut traffic and prevent brawls on the world's highest peak, climbing expedition organisers said Thursday. Extra ropes will be fixed on congested ice walls near the Everest summit where climbers have faced frustrating bottlenecks and delays in the past, said Dambar Parajuli, president of the national Expedition Operators Association.

More ropes to ease Mt Everest traffic jam

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous "death zone" bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world's highest mountain, a hiking group said on Thursday. Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit every year, but a 40-foot near vertical wall of rock at about 8,790 meters (28,840 feet) often causes major problems.

Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish

Climbers on Mount Everest will be forced to bring back eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage, an official said Monday, to clean up a peak that has become the world's highest rubbish dump. The rule, one of several new measures covering mountaineering in the Himalayan nation, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest's base camp from April onwards, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.

Nepal to reduce fees to climb Mount Everest

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will cut climbing fees for Mount Everest to lure more mountaineers to the world's highest peak, already overcrowded during the peak climbing season. Hundreds of foreign climbers, each paying thousands of dollars, flock to the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season stretching from March to May.

British climber falls to death on way to Mont Blanc

A British mountaineer fell to his death Saturday while climbing on a popular access route to France's Mont Blanc known as the Gouter corridor, police said. The climber, aged about 30, "probably lost his balance" and fell while he was with four friends in an especially dangerous area dubbed the "corridor of death" because of frequent rock falls, the police said. Earlier this month an 80-year-old Brazilian climber died in a fall in the same area. est-cfe/gd/fb

Three South Korean climbers found dead in Japan Alps

Three South Koreans died during a mountaineering trip in Japan, police said Tuesday, adding that rescuers have been unable to retrieve a fourth climber due to poor weather conditions. The trio were among nine people who disappeared near the 2,728-metre (8,950-foot) Mount Hinokio in central Japan on Monday. "We confirmed the deaths of the three, and found the last one who was still missing unconscious," said a local police officer in central Nagano prefecture.

New Zealand climbers missing on K2 are dead

Two New Zealand climbers hoping to become the first father-and-son team to scale the world's second-highest mountain have died in the attempt, their family said Tuesday after the pair went missing in an avalanche on K2. Martin Schmidt, 53, and his 25-year-old son Denali Schmidt were attempting to scale the 8,611 metre (28,251 feet) peak in northern Pakistan when the avalanche hit on Friday night. Sequoia Di Angelo confirmed that her father and brother had perished, an assessment backed by a Pakistani official involved in the expedition and Martin Schmidt's employer.

Romanian climber calls for more security in Pakistan

A Romanian mountaineer who scaled Pakistan's second highest peak despite an Islamist attack on a base camp that killed 10 foreign trekkers called Friday for more security to protect expeditions. Zsolt Torok, who was in a group of five Romanian climbers, told journalists in Islamabad that his party pressed on with their expedition despite the June 22 attack claimed by the Taliban.

Romanian climber calls for more security in Pakistan

A Romanian mountaineer who scaled Pakistan's second highest peak despite an Islamist attack on a base camp that killed 10 foreign trekkers called Friday for more security to protect expeditions. Zsolt Torok, who was in a group of five Romanian climbers, told journalists in Islamabad that his party pressed on with their expedition despite the June 22 attack claimed by the Taliban.
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