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COVID19 reaches Himalaya

Nepal government has closed its borders with India and China for a week starting March 23, in a bid to prevent a possible outbreak of the coronavirus among the Himalayan nation.

Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada told a press conference on March 22 Sunday night.

Nepal, which shares an 1,800-km open border with India, has total 37 motorable land entry points with it, while with China it has four such entry points. Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada told a press conference on Sunday night.

Everest closed for climbers

The “roof of the world” Mount Everest has been banned for climbers for the rest of the expedition season because of the coronavirus outbreak, announced Nepal government after the meeting on the issue of COVID19 precaution measures.

The expeditions who already received the climbing permits from 14 March until 30 April are facing abrupt cancellation. The measure did not come as a surprise, because
China had already cancelled expeditions from the northern, Chinese-controlled, side of the mountain.

“We have decided to halt all tourist visas until 30 April,” said Narayan Prasad Bidari, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.
“As of now, all issued permits and permits yet to be issued for the 2020 Everest season will be cancelled.”
The officials also advised foreigners who were unable to avoid coming to Nepal from 14 March to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

Most climbers come from the US, India, China, Russia, UK, Japan, and South Korea – and are a major source of revenue for the Nepalese government, purchasing trips for an average amount from $30 000 to $70 000 per person, dependent on additional services provided by local companies.

According to the Kathmandu Post, Nepal earns $4m (£3.1m) only by issuing Everest climbing permits every year, aside from wider tourism revenue.

Elisabeth Revol conquers Everest

French climber Elisabeth Revol (39), who was dramatically rescued last year from Himalaya peak Nanga Parbat, reached Lhotse, a day after conquering the top of Everest without supplemental oxygen, her expedition organiser said.

She summited Everest yesterday and reached the top of Lhotse this morning. Her health is well and she is heading down from Camp 3 now,Rishi Ram Bhandari from Satori Adventures told AFP.

Ms.Revol was attempting to summit the mountains without supplemental oxygen in classical style of Alps climbing, becoming the first French woman to set the record.

Last year, Revol and Polish climber Tomek Mackiewicz were attempting to scale the 8,125-metre Nanga Parbat peak in winter, which ended in drama.

Mackiewicz succumbed to sickness caused by lack of oxygen, and Revol was rescued by two champion climbers Denis Urubko (45), and Adam Bielecki (34) just on time. According to Revol she had badly frozen foot, hands, and already suffered hallucinations. The rescue duo ascended in the darkness of the night vertical ice cliffs to reach Revol, and ensure her transportation to the camp.

Rescue on Nanga Parbat delayed

A group of Russian mountaineers willing to search for two missing climbers, an Italian and a Briton, on Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat have decided to cancel the mission because of the high risk of avalanche. Previously four Russian mountaineers led by Vassily Pivtsov volunteered to start a rescue operation, but weather conditions have changed drastically.

Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard, who were attempting a rare winter ascent of the world’s ninth highest peak, were last heard from on February 25 at Camp 4.

A plan B offered by Basque climber Alex Txikon, who had made available three special drones that can fly at high altitude, was also abandoned because of an inability of a helicopter trip to the area, sources said later.

AMENDED 1/03/2019 23:35 (GMT+1)

The weather conditions have worsened, there is still high risk of avalanche, so Pivtsov group will not undertake the rescue operation tomorrow”, – the spokesperson Elena Laletina (St.Petersburg, Russia) said to Europe Diplomatic. We know both of them, and worry very much about Tom and Daniele, who has a little baby waiting for his father at home”, she added. However Laletina declined to answer if and when the rescue operation will resume, explaining the volatile weather situation does not allow to make any predictions.

The video of avalanche on Mummery Spur, Nanga Parbat has been posted by the spokesperson of Pivtsov group, Elena Laletina on her page.

Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi last made contact from an altitude of about 6,300m (20,669ft) on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, February 25.

Nanga Parbat map

Daniele Nardi (42) an Italian mountaineer. He has five eight thousand, 25 mountaineering expeditions active, more open in alpine style, and is famous for being the first mountaineer in history, born “below the Po”, to have climbed Everest and K2, the two highest peaks in the world. He was also the first mountaineer in the world able to climb the Sperone Mummery (6,450 meters) of Nanga Parbat in the middle of winter in February 2013.

Tom Ballard (30) a British climber, first to complete a solo ascendance to all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter. His mother Alison Hargreaves, was the first woman to reach the top of Everest unaided. She perished without trace in 1995 aged 33, while descending from K2 peak in Himalaya.

AMENDED: Bodies of both climbers were found. Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador to Pakistan, confirmed Spanish climber Alex Txikon found the bodies on the Mummery Spur trail

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