Nepal: Everest Day low-key after quake

rp_TOIquake-Copy-300x173.jpgMay 30 (TravelAndy): Everest Day was a low-key affair in Kathmandu on Friday, a little more than a month after the devastating April 25 earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation, reports said.

An avalanche triggered by the quake had destroyed the Everest base and killed 18 people.

New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay had climbed the 8,848-metre peak on May 29, 1953.

Speaking on the occasion, the country’s tourism minister Kripasur Sherpa appealed to the international community to visit Nepal and said there were many safe and beautiful places that had withstood the earthquake and itLow-s powerful aftershocks.

He also hinted that the permits of the mountaineers, who had to abandon their plans to climb Mount Everest because of the effects of the quake, could be extended.

“No climbers have made any request for the extension of their permits so far. If any request comes I am personally positive about this,” the minister was quoted as saying.

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