Nepal launches ‘pride project’ to find out Everest’s real height

Nepal has launched a “national pride” project to measure the height of Mount Everest, following in the footsteps of India and China. The project is partly to ascertain whether a huge earthquake in 2015 affected the height of the world’s tallest mountain, but is also intended for Nepal to catch up with its regional neighbours.…

United States Signs $500 Million Compact With Nepal

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced Thursday that the United States Government has signed a $500 million compact with Nepal. Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Acting CEO Jonathan Nash was joined by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan as the compact was signed with Nepali Minister of Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki. The MCC is an independent…

Nepal-Tibet border reopens to tourists after 2015 earthquake

The overland journey from Tibet to Nepal, on winding roads and amid towering Himalayan peaks, must be one of the world’s most breathtaking. Now, two years after the April 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, killing close to 9,000 people and leaving countless homeless, foreign visitors will once again be able to cross the border by land, as road…

Tourists affected as weather continues to disrupt flights in Lukla

SOLUKHUMBU: Tourists continue to be affected by disruption of flights to and from Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, in Solukhumbu for the past five days due to adverse weather. Thick fog and rains have forced the airlines companies to cancel flights since last Wednesday. “Just two flights were on Sunday morning in the…

Kathmandu: Altitude Air adds new Airbus chopper

KATHMANDU: The Altitude Air Pvt Ltd brought its second Airbus helicopter for commercial operations in the country, a statement issued by the company today said. Assembled in Singapore-based Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia Pvt Ltd, the chopper with a call sign 9N-AMS has landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:00 pm while Captain duo Nischal KC…

International Hindu Conference begins in Nepal

The three-day International Hindu Conference began here on Thursday with an aim of reinstating Kathmandu as the global capital of Hinduism. Hindu scholars, religious leaders, Hindu activists and officials from different countries including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the US and the UK are attending the conference with the theme of ‘Emerging spiritualism: Renaissance of Hinduism’ “The…

Nepal outlaws menstruation huts, but what will take their place?

Radhika Kami lives with her family of six in a traditional mud-and-brick house in a rural village in Nepal’s Kanchanpur district — for most of the year. For about five days each month, the 16-year-old is banished to a hut — a windowless, ramshackle shed with a small door and poor sanitation and ventilation —…