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Nepal to keep closer eye on Everest expeditions

Nepal's tourism ministry said Friday it plans to exercise tighter control of climbers scaling Mount Everest to make sure they keep the world's highest peak clean and to prevent rows. The ministry will set up a 10-member team made up of government officials, veteran Nepalese climbers and security officers that will start work when the next climbing season opens in the spring. The team will ensure that climbers do not leave trash on the mountain, Purna Chandra Bhattarai, chief of the tourism industry division at the tourism ministry told AFP.

US releases photos of ambassador's Tibet visit

US ambassador to China Gary Locke chatted with Buddhist monks, visited famous sites and mixed with locals on a rare trip to Tibet, photos released Tuesday showed. The State Department announced that Locke was travelling in the Himalayan region from Tuesday to Friday last week. It was the first time since September 2010 that Chinese authorities had granted a US ambassador access to tightly-controlled Tibet.

Contested renovation in Tibet capital complete

The controversial renovation of the historic area around a key monastery in the Tibetan capital has been completed, Chinese state media said on Tuesday. The 1.5 billion-yuan ($240 million) project in downtown Lhasa around the Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has raised concerns that commercialisation would harm old structures and local religious traditions. The seven-month project to upgrade infrastructure and preserve buildings was "completed on Sunday", the Global times said, citing a Lhasa media official.

Japan to create award to honor Miura's quest to scale Mt. Everest

Japan will set up a new award called the "Miura Award" to give credit to adventurers who have accomplished their dreams and goals regardless of age, after Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura became the world's oldest man to scale Mt. Everest at the age of 80, the top government spokesman said Thursday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo has decided to create the award in honor of Miura and to "pass his spirit of taking on difficult challenges" to future generations.

Top mountaineer reopens Everest brawl row

Legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner Wednesday reopened wounds left by a brawl last month high on Mount Everest, calling the European climbers involved in the fight "parasites". Messner, who was the first to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain without supplementary oxygen, was taking part in celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the peak in 1953.

Bally celebrates 60th anniversary of Everest climb

The Swiss luxury brand Bally is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's 1953 ascent of the world's highest mountain with a new capsule collection.  Bally creative directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler have designed a men's and women's capsule collection aimed at celebrating the May 29 anniversary of the famous climb.  In fact the brand's links with the event go back to the climbing gear on the famous day: Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay made the ascent in a pair of Bally's 'Reindeer-Himalaya' boots. 

Bally celebrates 60th anniversary of Everest climb

The Swiss luxury brand Bally is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's 1953 ascent of the world's highest mountain with a new capsule collection.  Bally creative directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler have designed a men's and women's capsule collection aimed at celebrating the May 29 anniversary of the famous climb.  In fact the brand's links with the event go back to the climbing gear on the famous day: Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay made the ascent in a pair of Bally's 'Reindeer-Himalaya' boots. 

Take a virtual tour of Everest with a new app

Everest, the world's highest mountain, may be inaccessible to many, but now, thanks to a new application, iOS users can take a tour of the mountain in 3D. The new iOS app called Mount Everest 3D enables users to take a tour of the world's highest peak in 3D from any angle on the mountain and navigate Everest using simple touch gestures.

Take a virtual tour of Everest with a new app

Everest, the world's highest mountain, may be inaccessible to many, but now, thanks to a new application, iOS users can take a tour of the mountain in 3D. The new iOS app called Mount Everest 3D enables users to take a tour of the world's highest peak in 3D from any angle on the mountain and navigate Everest using simple touch gestures.

Japanese octogenarian becomes oldest to reach Everest summit

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had four heart surgeries reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world's highest mountain.
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