Addition of one more eight thousandeer peak in Nepal!

A study carried out by Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy have confirmed the addition of three 8000ers mountains in the list. The new mountains Annapurna East (8,013m) lies in Nepal, Mount Center (8,011m), along the borders between China and Kashmir and Mount West Shishapangma (8,008m) in Tibet. According to Xinhua, Chinese scientists have completed mapping out all the 17 mountains with the height of more than 8,000 meters above the sea level. They are expected to publish their findings in a book "World Eight-thousander Snow Mountain Atlas" soon. The atlas, which includes seven 1:100000 maps, will be published both in Chinese and English. It will provide theoretical evidence to the glacier research and give detailed mapping materials to the mountaineers, said Mi Desheng, researcher at the institute.

Nepal ‘2nd peaceful nation’ in South Asia

Nepal has found the second spot after Bhutan as the most peaceful country in South Asia in the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) released late on Tuesday. The study, conducted by the Australia and US-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), has ranked Nepal in the 80th place after Bhutan among the 158 nations it took into account. While India figures much behind, in the 142nd position, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been ranked 103rd, 91st and 149th among the countries respectively.

Ganesh Himal exploration begins

A 30-member team led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) embarked on the exploration ofGanesh Himal area in Dhading district on June 12.
The exploration began from Gatlang in Rasuwa and will head toward Somdang, Pansang Danda, Tipling, Shertung, Hindung, Bochyat and Chhumlo Danda before reaching Kalo-Seto Daha. From Kalo-Seto Daha, the trek descends to Bochyat, Tatopani, Lapa, Jharling and Darkha Phedi from where the team will take a bus to Dhading Besi – the ending point of the trek.The team will identify new trekking trails, and produce maps, brochures and promotional DVDs of the new trekking trail.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and David Göttler summit Nuptse

On 17 may Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and David göttler successfully summit Nuptse (7861m) via the long and difficult north ridge scott route.

Tourist arrivals grew by 9.2 percent in May

Tourists arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of May recorded a growth of 9.2 percent. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 42,820 foreign tourists entered the country in May through TIA.