Nepal protesters urge end to plan to chop trees for airport
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Around 100 people protested in Nepal's capital on Monday to voice their opposition to plans to cut down millions of trees to build an international airport in the southern...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — In the forests of Nepal's capital Kathmandu near the revered Hindu temple of Pahsupatinath, some 300 monkeys eagerly await their pieces of roti, or flat bread.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A mudslide has buried houses in two remote mountain villages in Nepal, killing eight people and leaving two others missing.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to protest proposed legislation that would allow the government to nationalize centuries-old community and...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal government expedition to Mount Everest has removed 11,000 kilograms (24,200 pounds) of garbage and four dead bodies from the world's highest mountain, officials...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal commemorated the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest on Wednesday amid a climbing season marred by the highest death toll in four years and a debate on...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Security forces in Nepal were on high alert Monday amid a general strike called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three explosions killed three people and wounded at least eight in different parts of Nepal's capital on Sunday, with police suspecting that an outlawed communist group was...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Family, friends and supporters welcomed a veteran Sherpa guide upon his return to Nepal's capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nine people in two families were slain by masked assailants in their homes at night in a remote mountain village in Nepal, government official said...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday recovered the bodies of two Indian climbers who died on the world's third-tallest peak this past week and flew them to Nepal's capital.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two Indian climbers on Nepal's Mount Kanchenjunga fell sick and died during attempts to rescue them while a Chilean climber is missing, an expedition organizer said...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Malaysian mountain climber was being treated in a hospital in Nepal's capital Friday after being stranded nearly two days alone near the summit of Annapurna.
Nepal quake-hit villages struggle with reconstruction
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four years since a catastrophic earthquake destroyed much of central and eastern Nepal, a remote Himalayan area is still reeling with what looks like irreparable...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A small passenger plane crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday, killing at least three people and injuring...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's president, top officials and diplomats gathered recently at army grounds in central Kathmandu for an annual horse festival that marks the slaying of the Hindu...
BHARWALIA, Nepal (AP) — Villagers who survived a powerful rainstorm that killed at least 28 people and injured hundreds in southern Nepal searched for food and shelter Monday as rescuers struggled...
US scientists to climb Everest, collect data on climate
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to...
Helicopter crashes in Nepal, killing tourism chief, 6 others
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in Nepal on Wednesday, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister, officials...
1 killed, 2 wounded in explosion in Nepal’s capital
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An explosion outside a telecommunication company in Nepal's capital killed one person and injured two others, police official said Saturday.
Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns.
If global efforts to curb climate change fail, the impact could be far worse: a loss of two-thirds of the region's glaciers by 2100, said the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment released Monday by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Disoriented pilot, bad runway approach cited in Nepal crash
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Bangladeshi airliner was misaligned with the runway and its pilot was disoriented and tried to land in "sheer desperation" when the plane crashed last year in Nepal, an investigation report said.
Woman, 2 sons die in Nepal town in suspected menstrual exile
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A woman and her two sons have died in a remote town in Nepal because of a tradition in which women are exiled from their homes and forced to live in huts during menstruation, a government administrator said Thursday.
The 35-year-old woman and her sons were found dead by family and villagers in a small hut next to their family home on Wednesday morning, said Bajura District chief administrator Chetraj Baral.
21 killed in crash of Nepal bus on college botany field trip
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus carrying college students and their instructors back from a botany field trip drove off a highway in a mountainous area on Friday, leaving 21 dead and 15 injured, police said.
The bus plunged down a mountainous slope and rolled about 500 meters (1,640 feet), police said.
The Nepalese students and instructors from Krishna Sen Ichhuk Polytechnic Institute had been visiting a farm in a nearby district.
Nepal stops water project contractors from leaving country
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has stopped eight Italian contractors from leaving the Himalayan country in an effort to complete a critical but much delayed water supply project for the capital.
Nepalese officials and the Italian contractors met again on Wednesday, but no agreement was reached, said Ministry of Water Supplies spokesman Shankar Prasad Subedi.
AP PHOTOS: Nepal’s masked dancers mark the end of monsoon
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — For centuries, Nepal has celebrated its masked dancers, who officially begin monthlong festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalayan nation.
Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of five South Korean climbers killed in a fierce storm last week on a mountain in Nepal were set to head home Tuesday amid calls to improve weather warning systems on Nepal's mountains.
Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain’s remoteness
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been scaled in eight years.
Climbers who died in Nepal storm included famed South Korean
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The nine climbers who died during the worst disaster on a Nepal mountain in recent years included the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8,000 meters without using supplemental oxygen.
The Latest: Moon gives condolences for Korean climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Latest on mountaineering deaths in Nepal (all times local):
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, an amateur hiking enthusiast who visited Nepal in 2016, has expressed condolences for the climbers who died in a storm on a Nepal mountain.
Five South Koreans and four Nepalese guides died Friday when a storm swept their base camp on Gurja Himal mountain, and their bodies were retrieved Sunday.
Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Animal-rights campaigners are hoping this year's festival season in Nepal will be a little less bloody.
During the 15-day Dasain festival that began this week in the Himalayan country, families fly kites, host feasts and visit temples, where tens of thousands of goats, buffaloes, chickens and ducks are sacrificed to please the gods and goddesses as part of a practice that dates back centuries.
American skiers return safely from world’s 4th highest peak
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — American extreme skiers who overcame threatening weather conditions and equipment problems to successfully ski down from the summit of the world's fourth-highest peak returned safely from the mountain on Thursday.
James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, arrived in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, looking forward to a break after becoming the first people to ski down from Mount Lhotse's 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit.
Helicopter crash in Nepal kills 5, leaves 1 missing
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter flying in bad weather crashed in Nepal's mountains on Saturday, killing five of the seven people on board and leaving another missing, police said.
The pilot and four of the six passengers, including a 68-year-old Japanese man, were among those killed, said police official Basanta Kuwar. Another passenger was missing, while a woman survived the crash, he said. The woman's condition was not immediately clear.
South Asian, Southeast Asian leaders discuss closer ties
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Leaders of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Nepal to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.
The two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. It groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal honored several Sherpa guides for their Everest successes on the anniversary Tuesday of the first conquest of the world's highest peak.
Government minister Bina Magar, herself an Everest climber, honored the guides at a ceremony held every year on the date in 1953 that New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay first set foot on the summit of the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female Everest climber said after finishing her ninth ascent of the world's highest mountain that she wants to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.
Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs of Mount Everest by a woman.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday.
Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who is stationed at Everest's base camp during the climbing season and received the reports of the deaths.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.
After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide visiting climbers on the world's highest mountain next year.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents returned safely from Mount Everest on Saturday.
Steve Plain said he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family.
Plain, 36, scaled Mount Everest earlier in the week, completing his mission to scale the seven summits in 117 days. He flew to Kathmandu from Everest on Saturday.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.
Indian Prime Minister Modi begins visit to Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a two-day visit to Nepal on Friday as the two South Asian nations work to improve relations that were strained over Indian-backed ethnic protests in Nepal in 2015.
Modi first flew to Janakpur in southern Nepal, where he prayed at a revered Hindu temple and addressed a public rally, before heading to the capital, Kathmandu, for official meetings.
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli flew to Janakpur to welcome Modi.
Nepal airport reopens after plane skids off runway
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's only international airport reopened Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway, forcing a halt to all flights.
Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when the Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded into the grassy area at the end of the runway Thursday night.
All flights were canceled and thousands of passengers waited outside the terminal on Friday as authorities worked to pull out the plane.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago.
Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari praised the climbers at a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three men have climbed to the top of the world 21 times, all of them mountain guides who grew up in the shadow of Mount Everest. Two of these famed Sherpa guides have retired. But 48-year-old Kami Rita says he'll be summiting Everest for years to come.
For travelers, seders around the world
Jewish travelers who are away from home this Passover can find seders to attend in destinations around the world.
The Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch will be hosting ritual holiday dinners in countries ranging from Australia, China and South Africa to Brazil and Germany.
Spring-break travelers will find seders in places like Orlando, Florida; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The Latest: Most on crashed plane from Bangladesh, Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash at the Kathmandu airport (all times local):
A spokesman for Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines says a flight that crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, was carrying 67 passengers: 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.
Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam says there were four crewmembers on board, but did not provide their nationalities.
Nepal mountaineering record keeper Hawley dies at age 94
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Elizabeth Hawley, an American journalist who kept records of mountaineers on Nepal's highest peaks, died Friday. She was 94.
Hawley had been living in Nepal since 1960 and was the unofficial record keeper of mountaineering activities in the country, which has eight of the world's 14 highest peaks, including Mount Everest.
Nepal accesses internet through China, ending India monopoly
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has opened an optical fiber link across the Himalayan mountains to China, ending years of dependency on India for internet access.
Information minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the link with China on Friday in a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu.
The optical fiber line crosses into China from the Rasuwagadhi border point, northwest of Kathmandu.