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Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish

Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage under new rules designed to clean up the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said Monday.

The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in the Himalayan nation, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest's base camp from April onwards, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.

"The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest, each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash," he said.

Burlakoti said authorities would take legal action against climbers who failed to comply with the new rule, although it was unclear whether this would involve a fine or other penalty.

Decades of mountaineering have taken a toll on the peak, which is strewn with rubbish from past expeditions, including oxygen cylinders, human waste and even climbers' bodies, which do not decompose in the extreme cold.

Expeditions will have to submit their trash to an office to be set up next month at base camp. It will also offer medical aid and resolve conflicts, after a brawl between European climbers and local guides last year.

Although expeditions currently have to fork out a $4,000 deposit, refunded once they show they have brought back everything they took to the mountain, enforcement has been a problem.

"Our earlier efforts have not been very effective. This time, if climbers don't bring back garbage, we will take legal action and penalise them," Burlakoti said.

Last month Nepal slashed fees for individual climbers to Everest and other Himalayan peaks to attract more mountaineers, sparking concerns of increased traffic and more trash on the mountains.

In an overhaul of security on the mountain, the new office at base camp will station soldiers and police so climbers can approach officers with any problems, officials said last month.

Environmental and climbing groups have long sought to focus attention on the waste problem while clean-up projects have also been organised.

Discarded oxygen and cooking gas cylinders, ropes, tents, glasses, beer cans, plastic and even the remains of a helicopter made up 75 artworks commissioned for a Kathmandu exhibition in 2012, highlighting the environmental impact of alpine tourism.

Everest is a key revenue-earner for the impoverished country, with hundreds scaling the mountain every year during the peak climbing season in April and May.

Source: Yahoo News

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Losar

Losar is one of the most important times of the year for the Buddhist community in Nepal.  The word Loshar means New Year in Tibetan ("Lo" means "year" and "sar" means "new") and it begins on the first day of the first month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The preparation and celebration, however starts on the twenty-ninth day of the twelfth month.  Losar is the festival about puja, rituals, family, celebration, well being, sharing happiness and love and welcoming the New Year.

The celebration of Losar begins from Today. The custom is to make a special noodle called 'Guthuk' which is made of nine different ingredients (like flour, dried cheese, grains etc).  'Guthuk' is eaten before Losar eve, and is focused on driving out all negativity, including evil spirits and misfortunes of the past year, and starting the New Year in a peaceful and auspicious way. The next day is followed by further cleaning and the finest decorations are put up on this day.

On the Losar – New Year day, various rituals, deities' are performed; visiting Gumbas, sharing best wishes among friends and families and a celebration with food and drinks. Changkol – a sort of sweetish soup made from barley beer (chang) is consumed this day. 

Loshar

Celebration Time: The beginning of the Losar; the custom is to make a special noodle called 'Guthuk' which is made of nine different ingredients (like flour, dried cheese, grains etc). 'Guthuk' is eaten before Losar eve, and is focused on driving out all negativity, including evil spirits and misfortunes of the past year, and starting the New Year in a peaceful and auspicious way. Image: en.tibetculture.net

Khapsey

The making of Khapsey: The dough for the khapse is usually made with flour, eggs, butter and sugar and is then shaped into different shapes and sizes.

Khapse

Khapse is a beloved, deep-fried pastry eaten and offered to guests during Losar !

Khapsey all ready to be served

Khapse all ready to be served :)

 

 

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Mt Everest security to be tightened

Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Everest to ensure the peak is safe, officials said today, after a fight in April between three Europeans and a large group of Sherpas.

“We will open an office at the base camp with a team of government officials, including the army and police personnel. This will make it easy to resolve any conflict,” Tilakram Pandey, a Tourism Ministry official, said.

“The presence of security officials at the base camp will give a psychological feeling to climbers that they are safe.”

Until now, a government employee was attached to each team as a liaison person. But there have been widespread complaints that those officials often do not go to the base camp at the 5,350-metre mark.

Pandey said all liaison officers would have to report to the tented office to be located at the base camp from March, the start of the annual climbing season.

Officials said the rescue of climbers in distress, cleaning of the mountain and enforcement of climbing rules will also be helped by the new office. Unnecessary competition between climbers to set new records will be discouraged, they said.

Mount Everest has been climbed by more than 4,000 people since the 1953 ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

Source: THT

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