Mountaineering Royalty Waived

The mountaineering royalty has totally waived to mountains situated on mid - western and Far western development regions of Nepal for coming five years (July 2008 - July 2013)

Apa rewrites record with 21st Everest summit

Record breaking Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mt Everest for the record 21 times on the morning of 11 May.

Apa, who is leading an environmental expedition, took advantage of good weather to reach the 8,848- meter summit with a group of other climbers. Tilak Pandey, an officer of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation stationed at the base camp, confirmed the summit.

The 50-year-old Sherpa first reached the summit of the tallest peak on earth in 1989 and repeated the feat almost every year.

Apa’s expedition plans to bring around 4 tons of garbage from the lower part of the mountain and another one ton from near the summit.

Airlines raise fuel surcharge

Domestic carriers are increasing fuel surcharge by up to 20 percent effective from May 16. This will make air tickets on domestic routes costlier by up to Rs 775.

Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) - the association of domestic airlines - had taken the decision about a week ago, considering the rise in prices of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).

Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) had raised the price of ATF by Rs 10 per liter, making it Rs 100 per liter last week. Price of ATF has increased by Rs 40 per liter, as compared to the price of December last year.

Domestic carriers had raised fuel surcharge by up to Rs 180 in February, following rise in ATF prices by Rs 10 per liter.

As per existing regulations, airlines can increase fuel surcharge only if ATF price is increased by more than Rs 4 per liter.

Nine civil servants atop Everest

Nine members of Nepal Civil Servant Everest Expedition 2011 reached the summit of Mt Everest in the morning of 18 May.

Laxman Prasad Bhattarai, spokesperson of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation who is at the Everest Base Camp, said five members reached the summit at 5:45 am and remaining four at 7: 45 am.

Khimlal Gautam, Santa Kumar Maharjan, Subir Shrestha, Tulsiram Bhandari, Surath Pokhrel, Hari Guragain, Hari Dhakal, Padam Bhandari and Gyanendra Shrestha reached the summit this morning, according to Bhattarai.

Though there were a total of 15 civil servants in the team, nine had withdrawn due to poor health conditions. Fifteen Sherpas of the expedition also reached the summit.

Number of trekkers to Annapurna region up

The total number of trekkers visiting Annapurna Region increased by 10.67 percent to 88,418 in 2010. This is the highest number of trekkers that the region - described as one of the best trekking regions in the world – has ever received. The region had received 79,896 trekkers in 2009.