Nepal Tourism News

Nepal Govt officially reopens heritage sites for visitors

Bhaktapuir DurbarKathmandu: 15 June 2015 The government has reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged by the earthquake of April 25 in its efforts to lure back foreign tourists to the country.

Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes have reopened from Monday. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa announced reopening of the sites at a function organized at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on Monday morning.

The UNESCO World Heritage sites which reopened for tourists from Monday are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa. Changu Narayan Temple will open after some time as the temple complex has suffered significant damage.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said access has been restricted in certain areas to ensure safety precautionary measures and to preserve valuable arts and artifacts there.

Speaking at the program, Minister Sherpa said the government would urge tourists to come to Nepal for holiday to help rebuild the country.
Bhesh Narayan Dahal, director general of Department of Archaeology (DoA), said that measures have been taken to ensure that tourists are safe, and that there are plans to provide safety helmets for visitors in some places.

Run For Nepal Earthquake victims 13 June 2015The program was also attended by Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha, Director General of Department of Tourism Tulasi Prasad Gautam, Executive Board Members of Nepal Tourism Board Rajendra Sapkota and Ghanendra Shrestha, high government officials, president of tourism related associations and prominent tourism personalities among others.

"The reopening of World Heritage Monuments in Kathmandu Valley gives a positive message to the world that Nepal is back to business and is waiting for tourists to welcome them. Unlike in many parts of the world, the Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley are a part of day-to-day life of its people. Rituals, tradition, festivals and culture starting from birth to death are centered around these places. Therefore, these sites are living museums signifying the essence of life in Kathmandu Valley, as it has been through the centuries," the statement added.

Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 11 districts were hit by the earthquake. Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bardia, Annapurna, Everest, eastern region and far west region of Nepal also escaped damage, and are ready for business. Among the 19 protected areas, only three were affected, according to the statement.

Nepal is Ready to welcome Tourists

On 25th April 2015 an earthquake struck the central region of Nepal in the Gorkha district just north of the main highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The earthquake was followed by a number of severe aftershocks and as a result, there were more than 8000 people found dead, thousands more injured and it destroyed houses, trekking trails and monuments including centuries-old palaces and temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Despite damage to some of its historical and cultural monuments and trekking trails, Nepal is now ready to welcome tourists. Some of the monuments in the heritage sites will be reopen for tourists from June 15, 2015. Roads and air transport links remain intact across the country; the majority of hotels and restaurants are in operation. Most trekking areas except Manaslu and Langtang have not been damaged by the Earthquake and trekking can be undertaken any time in these areas. Chitwan, Pokhara, Annapurna region and Bardia also escaped widespread damage, and are thus ready to showcase their abundance of natural life. The birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini, did not suffer damage and is thankfully all set to welcome visitors back to its sacred soil.

There are many beautiful and captivating cultural and natural sites in the West, Mid-West, Far West and East Nepal that await tourists to welcome there. Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 14 districts are damaged. Apart from Langtang, Manaslu and Gaurishankar, other 14 national parks and conservation areas including Everest, Annapurna, Kanchanjunga areas withsood the earthquake with strength and power.

The Government of Nepal request international travelers to visit the magnificent and bustling country of Nepal, and support her by visiting it as she attempts to stand proudly on her feet once again. Walk the beautiful trails in the shadow of the most magnificent mountains on earth as you help the Nepalese people reset their course on the path to prosperity. Nepal is now embarking upon the most fascinating period in all of its ancient history, and you could be right there to see it happen and your contribution will be a part of rebuilding new Nepal.

Tourism is one of the mainstays of the Nepalese economy, and Nepal will certainly need the income that tourism brings in as it attempts to recover from this disaster.

Maurice Herzog passes away

Maurice Herzog, who along with Louis Lachenal became the first person to climb an 8,000-meter peak, died on December 13 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 93.


Herzon and Lachenal reached the summit of Mt Annapurna I in 1950 – three years before Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully climbed Mt Everest. His hands and feet were frozen during the expedition and all his fingers and toes had to be amputated.

Born on January 15, 1919, Herzog fought in the French resistance during the German occupation of France in the Second World War. He is survived by his daughter, from his first marriage, as well as his second wife, Elisabeth, and two sons, Mathias and Sébastien.

He became popular worldwide after he wrote an account of the journey – Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-meter Peak -- that became one of the most popular mountaineering books ever written.

Top Urgent Urgent Message Tibet china visa service.

Dear Valuable Travel Agents,
As per the notice from Embassy of China, we kindly notify you that, there is no Top Urgent and Urgent Visa facility for European countries. You can apply their Visa only on Regular (Normal) Category which takes 04 to 05 days from the date of apply. Also, the passport of the clients are necessary to show during their visa apply. Unlike before, without passport not possible to apply for Visa.

The Embassy holds the right to hold the passport of the following countries for longer days if needed.
Sorry for the inconvenience occurred.
Regards
China Visa Service
Kathmandu.

Revised helicopters charter New Rates:-

Dear Valued Clients, First of all, we would like to convey our apology to you; for the revision of the charter rates of small helicopters with effect from 1st March 2011.Through this letter, we would like to inform you about the rationality behind the increase of the charter rates. During the past four years; the prices of fuel, spares parts, maintenance, insurance, house rent, staff remuneration, Civil Aviation fees and other related expenses has gone up in an irrational manner making it difficult for us to meet the operational expenses of the company, compelling us to take this decision. We sincerely hope that you will understand and respect our decision on the grounds mentioned above, and continue to support us in the future. We are confident that our joint efforts in respecting each other's interest will contribute towards the betterment of the tourism industry in Nepal. We thank you for your past support, and we are confident of your support in the future also.

Revised charter New Rates:-
High season Rate -USD 2,500.00 per hour.
High season Month - 1srt march to 31 may and 15th September to 31st December.
Low season rate - USD 2, 200.00 per hour.
Low season months - 1st January to 28 February and 1rst June to 14th September.
Airlines operators association of Nepal 02/19/2011

Apa Sherpa atop Everest for a record 21th time

Apa Sherpa, 50, has once again shattered his record by reaching the top of the tallest peak in the world for a record 20th time on May 22.Apa reached the summit leading an expedition to raise awareness about education opportunities in the Everest region though Apa Sherpa Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for people in the Himalayan region.

Raising awareness about the impact of climate change and global warming on the Himalayas was the other objective of his expedition.Apa first reached the summit of Mt Everest in 1989 and has returned to climb the mountain almost every year since then.Born in Thame VDC in Solukhumbu, Apa moved to US in 2006 and has been living in Salt Lake City.

13-year-old climbs Mt Everest

Thirteen-year-old American boy Jordan Romero has become the youngest person to climb Mt Everest (8,848m) from the Tibetan side. Romero, who hails from California, reached the summit on May 22.

The successful summit of Mt Everest takes Romero a step closer to his ambitious dream of scaling highest mountains in all summits. Before climbing Everest, he had already climbed five of the seven peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. He only needs to climb Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antartica, to achieve his goal.Romero climbed Mt Everest from northern side as Nepal does not issue climbing permit to persons below 16 years of age.

World cyclist Pushkar Shah climbs Everest

A total of 92 summiteers, including world cyclist Pushkar Shah, made it to the summit of Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, on May 17. Forty-two of them are foreign mountaineers.

World Cyclist Shah (42) reached the summit at 10:30 along with five members of his expeditions. Apart from Shah's expedition, three Korean expeditions and an Indian expedition also reached the summit on May 17 making the first climbs of Everest this season. Shah, who cycled through 150 countries, climbed Mt Everest to place flags of all the countries he has cycled through on the summit. Shah, who hails from Dolakha, started his world tour in 1998. He pedalled through 221,400 km reaching 150 countries.

Kingfisher starts Nepal flights New Delhi-Kathmandu sector from April 24, 2010

India's Kingfisher Airlines has started daily flights on New Delhi-Kathmandu sector from April 24. Along with flights to Kathmandu, the airline also launched flights to Dubai.

With these new launch, Kingfisher now flies to five international destinations. London, Bangkok and Hong Kong are the other international destinations of the airline.The airline is using Airbus A320 aircraft on both the new flights.

"The New Delhi-Kathmandu flight offers excellent connectivity with Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Leh and London amongst other cities. Kingfisher Airlines’ guests will now be able to fly in from these cities and easily connect with the New Delhi-Kathmandu flight. Guests flying in from Kathmandu to New Delhi will get easy and convenient connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad," the airline said in a statement.

The airline plans to operate daily flights on Mumbai-Kathmandu sector from June.

After skydiving, its duathlon in Khumbu

A British adventure firm is offering 25,000-dollar skydiving trips over Mount Everest, in a new twist to extreme sports around the world’s highest peak.

“It is the first time anybody has tried this in the Everest area,” Nigel Gifford, whose company is offering the one-minute freefall over Mt Everest, said. The skydivers will jump out of their plane at around 8,848-metres, he said. He said his company, High and Wild, has already taken 22 reservations from experienced sky divers as well as novices who will tandem-dive on trips planned for September.

The company’s website promotes the trip as “touching madness”. “We are skydiving in front of Everest, and we will be able to see eight of the highest mountains in the world,” Gifford said. The firm also hopes to set a new world record for the highest landing point after a skydive when his clients land on a small airstrip at 3,742 metres.

Govt. revises permit fee in controlled areas:-

In a bid to attract more trekkers in the controlled areas, the government has revised permit fee in different controlled areas of the country. The notice regarding the revision of permit fee was published in Nepal Gazette (Volume 58 No 10) and the revised permit fee will come to effect from Shrawan 1, 2065.

As per the new provision, a trekker in Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo has to pay US $ 500 or equivalent foreign currency per person for first 10 days. Likewise, fee for per extra day per person has been fixed at US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Trekker in Manasulu Region needs to pay US $ 70 for a week and US $ 10 per person for each extra day during September to November. However, only US $ 50 is charged per trekker per week during December to August and additional US $ 7 per trekker per each extra day. Similarly, permit fee for Humla (Simikot-Yari) has been fixed at US $ 50 per person per week and US $ 7 per person per extra day.

Likewise, permit fee for Kanchanjunga, Lower Dolpa and Gaurishankar and Lamabagar has been fixed at US $ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US $ 35 per person for eight days during September to November and US $ 25 per person per eight days during December to August. Similarly, the government has also revised existing tourist visa fee to be effective from Shrawan 1, 2065. As per the new fee structure, US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

Likewise, the government has also revised fee required to extend days of stay and visa renewal. As per the revise fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by additional US $ 20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee. 16 July 2008 TAN News.

Tibet reopens to foreign tourism

More than three months after a wave of violent anti-China protests, Tibet has reopened to foreign tourists, Chinese state media says. The region was 'safe' and overseas visitors were welcome, state news agency, Xinhua, quoted a local tourism chief as saying. China had closed Tibet to foreign tourists after riots erupted in mid-March. The decision to allow them back comes days after the Olympic torch's short, tightly-controlled visit to the region passed off smoothly.

"The success of the Olympic torch relay held three days ago in Lhasa demonstrated that the foundation for the social stability has been further consolidated," Xinhua quoted Tanor, deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Bureau of Tourism, as saying. "Tibet is safe. We welcome the domestic and foreign tourists."

Though Tibet was closed for foreigners, domestic tour groups were allowed to Tibet since late April, Xinhua said. 26 June 2008 TAN News.

77-years old Sherchan summit Mt. Everest

May 26 - Seventy-six-year old Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal has set a record Sunday, becoming the oldest person to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

Sherchan got to the top of Everest at 8:40 am today with Senior Citizen Everest Expedition, said Ramesh KC, an official at the Tourism Ministry.

He beat the record held by Japanese mountaineer Katsusuke Yanagisawa. The retired school teacher was 71 years old when he reached the summit in 2007.

KC said Sherchan is descending to the base camp where he is expected to arrive on Monday or Tuesday.

Born on June 20th, 1931, in Myagdi district, Sherchan had climbed smaller mountains before his Everest feat. The former soldier has been an active sportsman as well.

In a press conference held last January, prior to setting off for the Everest climb, he said his aim was to induce senior citizens to take up the challenge and that he wanted to be a source of inspiration for the youth. “I had a strong desire to put my feet on top of Everest since early childhood,” he said.

Even in his old age, he has made a string of adventurous journeys. He traveled 202 kilometers from Kathmandu to Pokhara in four days in 2003. Likewise, he covered a distance of 1028 kilometers from Mechi River to the Mahakali

River in 20 days in the same year. He scaled 5,844 meter Mt Nayakhanga Peak in 2006.

In a message posted on the website for Senior Citizen Everest Expedition, he said: “I want to galvanize the entire senile population in Nepal into enthusiasm and devotion to achieve a better life even in old age.”

“That is why I have commenced on the great mission with a great vision in a great season [spring season] to fight against the mighty Mt. Everest with the will-power of my mind and the clean energy of my heart,” he said.

KC said besides Sherchan, eight climbers, including Chunu Shrestha who was part of 10-member First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 reached atop Mt Everest today. Nine other members have already conquered the world’s tallest peak. At least 219 climbers have scaled the earth’s highest point this spring season only.

Appa tops Everest record 18th time:-

KATHMANDU, May 23 - 2008, Appa Sherpa, smashing his own world record, climbed Mt Everest for the 18th time Thursday, when 76 more climbers made it atop the highest peak on the planet. This is a single day record for the Nepali side.

Appa, along with his team member, scaled the 8,848 meter mountain early Thursday morning, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association. However, the Tourism Ministry is yet to confirm this.

A veteran guide, he is part of the Eco-Everest Expedition, which aims at highlighting the impact of glacial melt and global warming in the Himalayas.

Five Nepali women were also among today's climbers, the largest number of Nepali women to climb Everest at one time. Poojan Acharya, who scaled the peak with the First Inclusive Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 became the first Brahmin female to climb Everest. The other four women include Susmita Maskey, Maya Gurung and Nwang Phuti Sherpa. They were accompanied on the ascent by five altitude workers.

Ramesh KC, an official at the Tourism Ministry said the ascent by 74 climbers-- 45 Nepali and 29 foreigners-- has been confirmed. Another official at the Ministry said three more including Appa reached the top today.

Appa, 48, first scaled Everest on May 10, 1990 as a high altitude worker for the Kiwi-Everest Expedition. Since then, he has reached that summit every year except in 1996 and 2001. He ascended Everest two times each in 1992 and 1997.

After completing his 12th Everest ascent, Appa announced his retirement in 2002, citing family reasons.

But he abandoned his retirement plans and returned to mountaineering the next year. In 2006, Apa moved with his family to Utah, USA to ensure good education for his children.

Mt Everest has been ascended over 3,000 times since 1953 when Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary made it to the summit for the first time.

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Nepal Elections Mark New Political Beginning

21 April 2008
Read the Preliminary Statement: Nepal Constituent Assembly Elections

Carter Center election observers witnessed a historic vote in Nepal on April 10 creating a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution for the country that will likely abolish the 240-year-old monarchy.

"This election was transformational for the people of Nepal," said President Carter. "Traditionally marginalized groups are guaranteed a place in the new government."

Nepal's decade-long Maoist insurgency left more than 12,000 people dead and some 100,000 people displaced. Shortly after a breakthrough peace agreement was made in November 2006, the Maoists joined an interim government, but elections were twice delayed due to political disagreements among the interim government's parties.

Sixty election monitors from 21 nations joined delegation leaders former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former deputy prime minister of Thailand for the election.

Nepal's electoral system, which is a complicated combination of single-member constituencies and proportional representation, introduced quotas for women and other marginalized groups to create a far more inclusive and elected body than previously existed in Nepal. More than 6,000 candidates representing 73 political parties sought a position for the constituent assembly's 575 directly elected seats. Twenty-six seats will be appointed by the cabinet after election results are final.

The Carter Center's observation mission — the only international election observation organization present throughout Nepal's entire electoral process — established its field office and deployed long-term observers in March 2007. They traveled throughout the country's 75 districts multiple times during the pre-election period. On election day, Carter Center observers visited more than 400 polling centers in 28 districts.

Center observers found that most polling stations opened on time or with only a brief delay and followed the correct procedures. In a postelection statement, the Center noted that a significant number of eligible young voters were left out due to insufficient time to update the voter roll prior to the elections, but overall the majority of Nepali voters participated in a remarkable and relatively peaceful constituent assembly election.

"These elections are another step for Nepal on its path to peace and political stability," said David Pottie, associate director of the Carter Center's Democracy Program. "But there is still a long road ahead for the country, and it is essential for the international community to remain engaged." The Carter Center will continue to observe the district counting and national tabulation until complete and comment on the electoral process periodically through public statements.

Nepal's constituent assembly elections were the 70th elections observed by The Carter Center. All Carter Center reports on Nepal's election process are available at www.cartercenter.org.

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738 expeditions to attempt different peaks in Autumn

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) have permitted 738 expedition teams to climb 68 different mountains peaks of the country. MoCTCA has issued permits to 83 expeditions for 36 mountain peaks while NMA has issued 654 permits for its 32 peaks. Likewise, MoCTCA has also permitted an expedition from United States of America to do skiing in the Khumbu Region.

According to the information provided by the Mountaineering Section of MoCTCA, ten different expeditions are attempting five 8,000-meter peaks in Autumn season. There is only one expedition each to Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) while Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) has four expeditions and Mt. Manasulu (8163m) has three expeditions.

Similarly MoCTCA has allowed 29 teams for Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m); six teams for Mt. Baruntse (7129m); four teams for Mt. Dhampus (6012m); three each for Mr. Manaslu (8163m) and Mt. Pumori (7161m); and two each for Mt. Merra (6335m), Mt. Saribung (6346m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Likewise, there is only one expedition team each on Danee Sail, Punchen Himal, Langtang Ri, Varaha Shikhar, Kanti Himal, Langtang Lirung, Kumbakarna, Himlung Himal, Thapa Peak, Tilje Peak, Tilicho Peak, Kangbachen, Ghhanyali Hies, Swelokhan Peak, Nemjung, Gaugiri, Ganesh Himal V, Annapurna IV, Tent Peak, Tawache, Putha Himchuli, Thorang Peak and Linku Chuli.

After many years, there is one Everest Expedition in Autumn season this year. A nine-member First Thai Everest Expeditions is climbing Mt. Everest in Autumn this year.

Similarly, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has issued permits to 654 expeditions to climb 32 peaks below 6500m. According to NMA, there are 259 expeditions to Island Peak and 148 expeditions for Mera Peak this Autumn.

114 foreign climbers summitted Everest in spring 2007'

The summit of Mt. Everest witnessed over 500 ascents from both north (Tibet) and south (Nepal) sides during spring 2007.

Of the total number of climbers, 254 successful attempted the word's highest peak from Nepal side. A total of 114 were foreigners, while the remaining 140 were Nepali climbers and high altitude guides. Of the total successful climbers, eight were women, a press statement issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated.

Meanwhile, news reports say that seven climbers lost their lives in course of climbing the peak from Nepal and Tibet sides.

The Ministry had issued permits to 23 expeditions, including three Nepali teams, to attempt the 8,848-metre peak from Nepal side during the period.

More than 200 climbers Atop Everest From Nepal Side

Over 200 climbers and high altitude workers associated with 21 various expeditions have reached the summit of the world's highest peak Mt. Everest as of May 26, 2007, according to officials at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The ministry granted permits to 23 expeditions to attempt the 8,848-metre peak for this spring.

The remaining members of the teams have continued their efforts to make it to the summit, the officials said. Three climbers two Koreans and one Nepali woman climber (Mrs. Pemba Doma Sherpa)�have lost their lives. The Korean climbers died on Mt. Everest, while Mrs. Sherpa lost her life while descending from the summit of Mt. Lhotse.

Meanwhile, three climbers-- Colombian Fernando Gonzalez Rubio, Ecuadorian Ivan Vallejo and Australian Andrew Lock summitted Mt. Annapurna on May 24. They are reported to be descending.

In the meantime, all three women members of the Pinay Mount Everest Expedition 2007, the first Filipino women's team to scale the world's tallest peak, said that they have fulfilled their dream of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest.

"As we are from a tropical country, climbing Everest was our great dream," said Art Valdez, team leader, told journalists at press conference organised in Kathmandu on May 24.

He is also a former Vice-Minister of the Philippines.
The three courageous women climbers are Noelle Wenceslao, Carina Dayndon and Janet Belarmino.

They have become the first women to cross the mountain from the north route in Tibet to the south route in Nepal. Only very few male climbers have crossed the mountain, so far.

"We had never thought of setting any world record. We had just wanted to reach the world's highest peak," said Jenet, who is the mother of her five-month-old first baby.

Similarly, Mr. Kami Sherpa, a journalist with Nepal Television, has climbed Mt. Everest for six times, was felicitated in the capital city amidst a function on May 24.

Rai wins Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2008

Deepak Rai won this year's Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, which is considered the world's highest altitude marathon. Rai, 25, a farmer from Gundel-8, Solukhumbu completed the marathon within 3 hours, 59 minutes and 24 seconds, while two-time champion Dangima Sherpa finished the race just 6 minutes and 15 seconds later.

The marathon was organised by the Himalaya Expeditions Inc., a leading sports adventure tourism operator in Nepal. The company has been organisng the marathon annually since May 2003 to mark the first ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.

Milan Kulung, Rai's playmate from Gundel-8, stood out third. Kulung completed the race within 4 hours, 7 minutes and 4 seconds, while former winner Uttar Kumar Rai emerged fourth.

In the women's category, 19-year-old Yangdi Lama Sherpa finished the race at 5 hours, 27 minutes and 41 seconds, while Mingma Chhami Sherpa, also aged 19 years, who completed it at 5 hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds. Yangdi, who is a 12-grade student from Lincoln College, had taken lead from Mingma at Gorakshep and never lost it to win the race while 20-year-old Phurba Yangji Sherpa became third at 5 hours, 36 minutes and 51 seconds.

Japanese duo of Yoshiaki Ishihara aged 62 years and Toshio Ohmori, the oldest participant of the event at 66 years, completed the marathon within 8 hours, 26 minutes and five seconds and 8 hours, 39 minutes and 11 seconds respectively.
A total of 130 runners, including 53 foreigners, participated in this year's marathon. Of them, 10 were females.

The top three of the main category received US $ 1,000, 500 and 300 respectively while the women's section (for both Nepali and foreigners) carried cash award of US $ 500, 300 and 200 for the top three runners. There was also cash prize in the men's category for foreigners equivalent to the women's category.

Chief guest German Ambassador to Nepal Franz Ring, Pakistani Ambassador Sohil Amin and Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Madhav Prasad Ghimire had presented the awards to winners. Shobha Gyawali awarded the women's winner Yangdi Lama Sherpa.

Some more new world records on Everest expected

Jeanne Stawiecki is all set to climb the world's tallest peak-Mt. Everest- during spring 2007. She is leaving for the 8,848-metre peak on March 29, news reports said.

Jeanne has set a new world record for females by completing the Antarctica Marathon on February 26, 2007.

If she becomes successful in her attempt, she will become the first woman in the world to summit the highest peak and complete a marathon on each of the seven continents in just five months. The 56-year-old adventure lover may also be the oldest woman to reach the seven summits.

"I am on a journey to become the first women in the world to summit the highest peak and complete a marathon each of the seven continents. I am on a target to complete this task by May 2007," news reports quoted her as saying.

This is an endeavor she is financing herself through hard work and determination. She grew up in a Massachusetts factory town where her mother used to work to support her children.

She completed the course in 4:54:50. The course on King George Island off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula is quite challenging. It loops through the scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China and Russia, brings runners across streams and huge mud flats and up a large glacier twice.

She worked to put herself through nursing school, where she was told to take up smoking to relieve stress.

A self-described former 2 pack a day smoker and a poor performer in sports for as long as she can remember, Jeanne did not begin exercising seriously till her mid 40's. As she decided to give up smoking for financial reasons, she began exercising to prevent weight gain. In the beginning, she could only walk -- and not very fast without getting winded. Gradually, she started to run part of the route and, later, the entire route. Distance running became a way for her to relieve stress, but after a number of years, she became bored with running. Taking up climbing in her 50's at a colleague's suggestion, she had never been out of the country until she did her first climb in 2002. Having made the decision in middle age to turn her life around, now she is the vision of health and athleticism.

Meanwhile, in his bid to set a new record on the world's tallest peak, Mt. Everest, A Dutch daredevil is planning to attempt on the 8,848-metre peak during the spring 2007. Climber Wim Hof will wear just boots, shorts, gloves and a cap while climbing the peak, reports AFP quoting the expedition leader Werner de Jong from the Netherlands.

Known as the "Iceman", he will climb the 8,848-metre peak in shorts, only in sections. However, the expedition leader de Jong said the team is planning to set many new records on Mt. Everest.

Having special abilities to withstand freezing temperatures, he has nine endurance records and recently ran 21 kilometres barefoot above the Arctic circle in Finland. The adventure lover's website www.innerfire.nl shows him cross-legged and semi-naked, meditating on ice.

According to de Jong, Hof will strip off for climbing, but don clothes while resting. "Overnight and during tea breaks, he will wear clothes," he said

The climber will have four extra Sherpas with him to assist him.

In May 2006, a media furor was spread, as he claimed to have briefly stripped off on the summit of Everest, considered a holy mountain by Tibetans.

The expedition, which includes four clothed climbers, will leave the Netherlands on April 1, 2007 and hopes to make a summit attempt on May 16th.

Similarly, another multi-faceted personality from Newfoundland is also planning to climb Mt. Everest during this spring.

TA Loeffler, a Full Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will attempt on the peak Mt. Everest from Nepal side using IMG for logistics support, reports everestnews.com.

She is an outdoor adventurer, hockey player, filmmaker, photographer, educator, workshop leader, motivational speaker, and life coach. Her work and adventures have taken her to 20 different countries and five different continents.

With compassion, care, presence, and playfulness, TA creates a safe space for all to learn, grow, and heal within. She uses her vast collection of outdoor adventures to create metaphors that provide new ways to see and transform the inevitable obstacles of life. TA inspires hope, possibility, and vision in those whose lives she touches, the news report says.

TA has produced nine films. Her films have shown in film festivals in Vancouver, Toronto, Regina, Lexington, and St. John's. TA seeks to create films that document, inform, educate, move, and transform.her and others. She is also a professional photographer shooting both film and digital images. As an image-maker and artist, TA understands the power of the creative process to initiate and sustain life change. Art is a transformational process in her own life, and TA brings this creative synergy into all aspects of her work.

TA is a talented athlete. While training for her successful climb of Denali, she ran a half marathon a week for weeks on end. Besides running, TA uses strength training, yoga, cycling and step aerobics to prepare for her expeditions. She has a passion for hockey and has played every position on the ice including goaltender.

TA has coached several championship winning hockey teams and has officiated at the national championship level. Through her experience in both sports and outdoor adventure, TA intimately appreciates teamwork and knows how to bring teams together to accomplish their goals and fulfill their greatest potential.

Her Ph.D. in Outdoor Education and Master's in Adventure Based Counseling provide the foundation for both her work and personal adventures. She is dedicated to experience-based learning within academic, wilderness, and corporate environments.