Nepal Tourism News

Spicejet starting Nepal flights from October

India’s budget carrier Spicejet is starting flights on New Delhi-Kathmandu route from October 7. Kathmandu will be Spicejet’s first international destination.

Zenith Travels, the general sales agents of Spicejet in Nepal, informed that Spicejet would be the first Indian budget carrier to spread its wings to the international sky. The airline is likely to fix Kathmandu-New Delhi airfare at IRs 1,499. It further informed that the airline will fly six times a week on the route.
Spicejet is also flying to Colombo of Sri Lanka from October 9. It will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the international flights. A few months ago, Spicejet placed order for 30 Boeing aircraft to increase
its fleet size to 58 aircraft.

Meanwhile, national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation is planning to restart flight on Kathmandu-New Delhi route after September 15. NAC has halted New Delhi flights after its aircraft was grounded due to its faulty gear last month.

Oman Air begins Nepal flights

Oman Air, the national flag carrier of Sultanate of Oman, started scheduled flights on Muscat-Kathmandu route from 2 September. Kathmandu is Oman Air’s 40th destination. The new flight is expected to bring more tourists from the Gulf countries along with expansion of trade and investment in Nepal.

The airline with operate Boeing 737-700 aircraft with business and economy class seat configuration. Apart from flight to Omani capital Muscat, the airline will offer easy connections to other destinations like Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai in the UAE and other destinations in West Asia and Europe, according to Amarabati Travels – the GSA of Oman Air.

The airline currently operates direct flights between Muscat and major Gulf destinations like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh and Kuwait. It has been flying to 10 destinations in India.

Arrivals up 24 pc in August

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of August have increased by 24.3 percent compared to the arrival figures of same period last year.

According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 34,415 tourists arrived in Nepal in August.

The arrivals from South Asian region have gained overall positive growth of 34.9 percent with Bangladesh (51.6 percent), India (35.1 percent) and Sri Lanka (57 percent), registering positive growth.

Visitor arrivals from Pakistan, however, declined by 20.2 percent. “The robust growth of 20 percent has been observed in the arrivals from South Asian region during the first eight months this year in comparison with the same period last year,” Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in a statement.

The arrivals from Asian countries (other than South Asian region) have maintained the upward trend with the region recording double digit growth of 27.7 percent. The arrivals from China registered a
substantial growth of 68.3 percent.

Similarly, arrivals from Malaysia increased by 85.7 percent and South Korea by 28.6 percent. However, Japan, Singapore and Thailand have declined by 5.3 percent, 32.9 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively.
Markets in Europe registered overall positive growth of 18.9 percent with the arrivals from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and the UK increasing by 2.6 percent, 22.3
percent, 18.1 percent, 41 percent, 101.3 percent, 106.6 percent, 15 percent, 71 percent and 15.5 percent, respectively.

The figures also show increasing trend in the visitor arrivals from Australia and New Zealand with a growth of 16.8 percent and 28.1 percent. The arrivals from the US have registered positive growth of
16.8 percent while Canada posted negative growth of 17.8 percent.

TAAN Pokhara gets new panel

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter on August 1 unanimously elected a new executive body under the leadership of Som Bahadur Thapa of Trek & Climb.

Hira Bahadur KC of Sisne Rover Trekking, Bhoj Kumar Shrestha of Down in Nepal, Narayan Prasad Sapkota of Ridge Trail, Ram Chandra Sharma of Blue Planet and Dambar Adhikari of Line Up Trekking have been elected as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary, treasurer and joint secretary respectively.

The annual general meeting held at Kailash Mountain Resort elected Pasang G Sherpa of Himalaya Journeys, Dharmendra Kumar Bataju of Hillsway Trekking, Dharma Thapa of Harmony Trek, Hari Bhujel of Peace Eye Trek, Biswho Raj Adhikari of Amrit Trekking and Dikki Adhikari of 3 Sisters Trekking as members in the executive committee.

The new team will perform responsibilities for a period of two years.

Dragon Air doubles flight to Nepal

Hong Kong based Dragon Air announced on August 1 that it would add three more flights in its Hong Kong-Kathmandu route, making its flights on the route to six a week from September 1.

Alasdair Boyd, country manager of the airline, said Dragon Air was increasing its flights to Kathmandu taking into consideration growing number of passengers on the route. He also expressed the hope that increasing number of flights would be helpful in achieving Nepal's target of welcoming one million tourists to the country during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign.

Cathay Pacific -- the sister airlines of Dragon Air -- will also extend its full cooperation in achieving the targets, Boyd said, addressing a press meet on August 1.

Dragon Air flies with Airbus A 330 on Hong Kong-Kathmandu route. The airline flew in 50,000 tourists the country county last year. The airline flies to 29 destinations in the Asia Pacific with 400 flights a week to mainland China alone.

Arrivals up 26 percent in July

Tourist arrivals to the country via air in the month of July increased by 26.1 percent to 29,338 as compared to the arrival figure recorded in the same period last year.

According to statistics collected by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), total arrivals from the South Asia region grew by 31.3 percent over the period. Arrivals from Bangladesh and India grew by 88.9 percent and 26.5 percent respectively, NTB said in a statement. Similarly, the number of Pakistani and Sri Lankan tourists also went up by 10.3 and 48.7 percent respectively.

"Except for the soft decline in April, arrivals from India have been showing sustained growth this year," the statement added.

Arrivals from countries from outside the SAARC bloc have also recorded double digit growth of 19.9 percent. China, a key source country for Nepali tourism industry, recorded a phenomenal growth of 104.2 percent, whereas the number of visitors from Japan, Malaysia and Singapore rose by 10.7 percent, 98.9 percent and 24.7 percent respectively. However, arrivals from South Korea and Thailand registered negative growth of 2.1 percent and 45 percent respectively.

From long-haul markets, Europe registered overall positive growth of 24.6 percent in July, with major source markets showing positive trend in terms of visitor arrivals. Similarly arrivals from Canada and US also surged by 24.9 percent and 12.8 percent respectively.

Australia showed marginal growth of arrival by 0.9 percent, while arrivals from New Zealand declined by 31.1 percent.

Tourist arrival via land till June reached 60,877, up by 6.2 percent compared to the figures of same period last year

Govt mulls free-visa regime in 2011

In a bid to bring in more visitors during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has proposed the government to waive visa free for foreign visitors at least during the campaign period.

Nepal has set a target to welcoming at least one million foreign tourists in 2011. More than half a million foreign visitors had visited the country in 2009.

According to Tourism Ministry sources, the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry to incorporate it in the budget for fiscal year 2010/11. The sources further informed that the proposal to introduce visa-free regime was worked out by the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 National Coordination Committee.

It is learnt that the Finance Ministry officials are positive about introducing free-visa regime in 2011.

The government collects around Rs 200 million as revenue from visa fee.

As a part of attracting more visitors to the country, the government has already offered free visa to Everest summiteers for two years.

Tourism Crisis Cell established
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Himalayan Rescue Association on July 21 signed an agreement to establish Tourism Crisis Cell (TCC) to coordinate rescue of tourists in case of emergencies and address other tourism related problems.

HRA, which has been involved in coordinating rescue operations in mountain areas, will establish and operate TCC secretariat at its office building in Lazimpat. The cell can been contacted round-the-clock through 4442555 and 9751044088 hunting lines. As per the agreement, HRA has been entrusted with the responsibility of running shuttle bus service from Tribhuvan International Airport to different places in Kathmandu Valley during protests, bandas and other forms of strikes. Earlier, NTB used to operate shuttle bus service.


Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) are the members of the cell.

Two new four-star hotels in town
Implementing Expert Group (IEG) – the investment group of businessmen involved in international trade – is preparing for the launch of its two new four-star hotels on the eve of Nepal Tourism Year 2011.


If everything goes as planned, Airport Hotel near Tribhuvan International Airport and Red Rose Apartment Hotel will begin operation from December.


The group is investing more than Rs 1 billion in the two projects. Sources at IEG said the new hotels would focus on up-market clientele and that they would not compromise on quality. The group will soft


launch the hotels in December and aggressively market and promote them in the first few months of 2011. While the Airport Hotel targets passengers flying to and from Tribhuvan International Airport, Red Rose expects to get visitors who want to stay for seven days or more.


Airport Hotel will have 55 rooms in five floors, while Red Rose will have 11 apartment and 30 rooms. Apart from accommodation facility, the group is also preparing to build operate shopping complexes and restaurants in both the buildings.


CAAN cancels AOC of four airlines
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has cancelled Air Operation Certiciate (AOC) of four airlines – Air Nepal, Alpine Air, Muktinath Airlines and Gorkha Air.


CAAN sources said the AOC of four airlines were cancelled after the aviation regulator was convinced with the airlines’ financial and technical strength.


“AOC of those four airlines have been annulled as per Aviation Regulations with effect from July 16,” the sources added. The sources further added that the airlines could apply against the decision within 180 days if they have convincing bases including aircraft, pilots, regular flights and strong financial backing.


TURGAN proposes hike in guides’ fee
The executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has formed its foreign department under the leadership of executive member Kul Bahadur Gurung of Alliance Treks & Expedition.
Other members in the department are Suman Dahal of Global Adventure Trekking, Balkrishna Lamsal, Keshav Wagle of Nepal Vision Treks & Expedition and Sant Bahadur Gurung of Churen Himal Treks and Expedition.
The five-member department will work under TAAN Executive Committee 2009-11 and will facilitate TAAN’s relation with diplomatic missions in the country.

TAAN forms foreign department
The executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has formed its foreign department under the leadership of executive member Kul Bahadur Gurung of Alliance Treks & Expedition.
Other members in the department are Suman Dahal of Global Adventure Trekking, Balkrishna Lamsal, Keshav Wagle of Nepal Vision Treks & Expedition and Sant Bahadur Gurung of Churen Himal Treks and Expedition.
The five-member department will work under TAAN Executive Committee 2009-11 and will facilitate TAAN’s relation with diplomatic missions in the country.

Nepali women eye seven summits
Everest Women Seven Summits Eco-Action, a nine member team of women, is scheduled to begin the first international leg of a mission to climb seven of the highest peaks of seven continents from July, 2010.
The team has already climbed Mt Everest, the tallest peak on earth. The main objective of the expedition will be to highlight impacts of climate change and global warming in the Himalayas.
Sailee Basnet, coordinator of the expedition said, the estimated cost of the expedition is $1.3 million. The women expect to complete the expedition by the end of 2011.
The seven summits includes Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Vinson Massif (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania), and Denali (North America).
Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Maya Gurung, Ngabang Phuti Sherpa, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Pujan Acharya, Shailee Basnet, and Usha Bista are in the team.

TAAN to publish member directory
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is preparing to publish a Members' Directory in a bid to promote the products and services provided by its member agencies.

The apex body of trekking agencies in the country plans to print about 2,500 copies of the directory which includes information about airlines, government offices, travel trade associations and diplomatic missions, among others.

TAAN hopes that the directory would be useful for all the stakeholders in tourism industry as it contains information about Nepal.

The publication also will have the information about visa, newly explored trekking routes, facilities along major trekking trail, information about TIMS card, trekking and expedition permits, among others, in a bid to facilitate all the stakeholders in tourism industry.

Nepal promoted in Sri Lanka

Nepal Embassy in Sri Lanka along with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) organized the 'Nepalese Cultural and Food Festival' held in Colombo on June 27.

Speaking on the occasion, Sushil Chandra Amatya, ambassador of Nepal to Sri Lanka, shed light on various aspects of food habits and food items as well as culture, music and crafts of Nepal, NTB said in a statement. He also expressed the confidence that the event would help bring Sri Lankan people closer to Nepal and fuel their interest to visit Nepal in the future.

Participants of the programs were entertained with various Nepali cultural performances. Nepali artists had also attracted the guests with their distinct Nepali tone throughout the event.
The festival was attended by a significant number of guests, including nearly 300 special guests of the Embassy drawn from among the leaders of business community, tourism professionals, social and political personalities and senior government officials of Sri Lanka as well as ambassadors, high commissioners and other senior diplomats based in Colombo, the statement added.

 

Tourist arrival up 16.3 percent in June
Tourist arrival to Nepal in the month of June increased by 16.3 percent as compared to arrival figure of same period last year, according to Immigration Office and Tribhuvan International Airport.

All the major markets registered growth in visitor arrivals in June. The arrivals from the South Asia region — except for the arrivals from Sri Lanka — have gained overall positive growth of 22.2 percent with Bangladesh (51.4 percent), India (20.9 percent) and Pakistan (13 percent) leading the pack. Arrivals from India have showed a sustained growth this year, except a marginal decline in the month of April.

China, another major source market for Nepal, also recorded double digit growth of 13.5 percent. As for other short-haul markets, Southeast Asia showed mixed trend in terms of visitor arrivals.

Malaysia and Singapore witnessed dramatic growth, as visitor arrivals from these countries registered positive growth of 59.6 percent and 100.4 percent respectively. “Visitors from Japan have registered a positive growth of two per cent, however arrivals from South Korea and Thailand have registered a negative growth of 35.3 percent and 26.5 per cent respectively,” Nepal Tourism Board said in a statement.

From long-haul markets, Europe registered overall positive growth of 6.2 percent with major source markets showing positive trend in terms of visitor arrivals. Arrivals from Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia and Poland increased by 50.8 percent, 34.7 percent, 13.7 percent, 59.4 percent, 105.3 percent, 49.3 percent, and 19.6 percent respectively. However, arrivals from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland declined by 2.4 percent, 15.4 percent, 9.1 percent, and 1.4 percent respectively. Arrivals from Australia and New Zealand also posted negative growth.

Canada and US showed strong growth of 21.1 percent and 16.7 percent respectively.

A total of 196,319 visitors entered the country via air in the fist six months of 2010.

FBI to help search missing US trekkers
US investigation agency – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – has stepped in to help ascertain the whereabouts of US trekkers Aubrey Caroline Sacoo (23), who went missing more than two months ago while on a trek to Langtang Region.

Aubrey’s family members are hopeful that the involvement of FBI would help move the case forward.

"The FBI is looking at it and they're saying it is a criminal matter," AOL News quoted Sacco family spokeswoman Aileen Barry as saying. "They've asked us to hold off so they can get their people in line, so we can't say a lot about what they're doing. But honestly we don't know a lot."

Aubrey last contacted to her family members on April 20 when she set out on a week-long trekking. She was scheduled to return to return Kathmandu between April 29 and May 2. She was travelling without any traveling partner and had taken trekkers’ registration card (TIMS Card) meant for free individual trekkers.

Last month, Aubrey’s father Paul Sacco was in Nepal to try to locate his missing daughters. They walked the trails with search teams and even chartered choppers for aerial search. But they couldn’t get any clue.

The FBI is revealing few details to the family, but Barry says they do know agents are reviewing lists of hikers who signed in on the trail around the time Sacco went missing, AOL News said.

Recce trip to Panchpokhari concludes
A team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with a number of organizations recently completed reconnaissance trek to Panchpokhari area in Sindhupalchowk district. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), UNDP/MEDEP and Sindhupalchowk-Panchpokhari Tourism Development
Committee (SPTDC) were the other partners of the trek. The team had left Kathmandu on June 4.

Paanchpokhari (literally means Five Ponds), which falls in the Langtang National Park, is formed by melting glaciers and all the lakes are considered sacred. There is also a Hindu temple nearby
dedicated to Lord Shiva. Paanchpokhari is also among the nine highest altitude wetlands in the world. The sacred place wears a festive look during Janai Purnima festival (which is celebrated in July-August). Pilgrims from nearby villages and all over the country visit the place for to offer prayers. The festival runs for 15 days.

The 13-member team led by Mahendra Singh Thapa, second vice president of TAAN, has developed and suggested nine-day itinerary to Panchpokhari. The first day’s trek takes us to a beautiful village
named Haveli after a drive of seven and half hours via Sankhu and Melamchi and a light trek of two hours. The second day takes trekkers to Tapkharka through dense forests and difficult trail in five hours. The third day’s trek is relatively shorter and ends at a place called Nosyampati. Thoughout the trek, one can enjoy pristine views of Pancpokhari Lake – literally five lakes – and snowcapped mountains. Trek from Nosyampati to Panchpokhari, which takes about three and a half hours, on the fourth day is a semi-rigorous hike. But you get rewarded with the magnificent views of all the five lakes and snowcapped mountains.

The fifth day begins with a hike to the highest point near the lake from where one can get stupendous views of the Yangri, Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and Langtang Himalayan ranges. After lunch at Panchpokhari, the trek progresses back to Nosyampati which is a walk of three and a half hours. The trek on the sixth day is a bit long (seven hours approximately) and it begins from Nosyampati and concludes at Tembathang via Sukpa Kharka. Tembathang is a beautiful village of Sherpas and also the base camp of Jugal Himal. On the seventh day, the trek (approximately six hours) progresses to Gumba Tamang village where we get opportunity to enjoy Tamang culture. The
trek on the eight day takes us to Pangtang village (1730m) which is inhabited by Tamang and Newar population. A three and a half hour trek on the ninth day takes us to Chanaute from where a drive of around three hours takes to Kathmandu. Along with suggested itineraries, the team will also prepare
promotional collaterals of the trek very soon.

Govt employees to attempt Mt Everest
A team of 20 government employees, including a woman, led by secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Leelamani Poudyal is preparing to climb Mt Everest – the tallest peak on earth – next season.

Poudel made up his mind to climb Mt Everest while he was working with Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation two years ago.

The team will take basic and advance mountaineering training this year and the coming year and organize an expedition to Everest in spring next year.

The employees have already taken climbing training at the artificial climbing wall of Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Federation and rock climbing at Nagarjun. They left for Rasuwa district in the third week of June to climb Yala Peak (5,550m).

A total of 49 government employees had applied at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to climb Everest. Under secretary Baburam Bhandari said they had selected 20 employees through different tests.

The team led by Poudel has joint secretary Laxman Prasad Bhattarai, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, section officer Muktiram Rijal and office assistant Rukmini Gurung, among others.

The government has exempted permit fee for the expedition and is also bearing all expenses of the expedition. He said the government will allocate a budget of Rs 30 million for the expedition in the upcoming budget.

Govt employees to attempt Mt Everest
A team of 20 government employees, including a woman, led by secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Leelamani Poudyal is preparing to climb Mt Everest – the tallest peak on earth – next season.

Poudel made up his mind to climb Mt Everest while he was working with Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation two years ago.

The team will take basic and advance mountaineering training this year and the coming year and organize an expedition to Everest in spring next year.

The employees have already taken climbing training at the artificial climbing wall of Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Federation and rock climbing at Nagarjun. They left for Rasuwa district in the third week of June to climb Yala Peak (5,550m).

A total of 49 government employees had applied at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to climb Everest. Under secretary Baburam Bhandari said they had selected 20 employees through different tests.

The team led by Poudel has joint secretary Laxman Prasad Bhattarai, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, section officer Muktiram Rijal and office assistant Rukmini Gurung, among others.

The government has exempted permit fee for the expedition and is also bearing all expenses of the expedition. He said the government will allocate a budget of Rs 30 million for the expedition in the upcoming budget.

Lazimpat Tourism Development Board holds AGM

Lazimpat Tourism Development Board (LTDB) recently held its first annual general meeting (AGM) in Kathmandu. LTDB is a forum of tourism entrepreneurs based in and around Lazimpat.

Speaking on the occasion, newly elected President Govinda Singh Dangol said the LTDB will do its best to develop Lazimpat as a popular tourism hub in the Kathmandu Valley. “We will also develop home-stay facilities in Lazimpat to achieve the target of one million visitors during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011. We will encourage people in the area to allocate at least one room in every home for tourists,” he added.

The AGM elected Jagat Man Lama as vice president, Dr Raghab Kishor Bhattarai as secretary and Ram Prasad Shrestha as treasurer.

Meanwhile, LTDB has also floated a concept of developing Lazimpat area as a ‘Nice Walking Zone’. It plans to improve traffic management in the area, maintain pavements, manage street lights, implement waste management programmes effectively, and improve security situation to develope the area as a walking zone. The total cost of developing Lazimpat area as a ‘Nice Walking Zone’ has been estimated at Rs 1,435,000.

Clean-up campaign in Fewa Lake

Local administration organized a massive campaign in the first week of June to get rid of water hyacinth that has infested Fewa Lake, one of the major tourist attractions in Kaski district.

About 200 personnel of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police along with local boat entrepreneur actively participated in the campaign. Tourism entrepreneurs’ and local mother groups also participated in the campaign.

The team collected over 10 truckloads of fast spreading water hyacinth on a single day.

Kaski CDO Sambhu Koirala said the clean-up campaign was organized to preserve Fewa Lake which has been infested by water hyacinth. “We will organize similar clear-up campaigns to preserve the beauty of this lake city,” Koirala added.

Every year stakeholders in Pokhara has been organizing clean-up campaign on Fewa Lake to great rid of the fast spreading water plant. It had already covered almost half of the lake.

 

Tourist arrivals rise by 6 pc in May
Tourist arrivals to Nepal in the month of May increased by six percent as compared to the figure recorded in the same period last year. A total of 26,634 foreign tourists entered the country via air in the month, according to Immigration Office at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu Nepal.

Arrivals from South Asian region, except Sri Lanka, gained overall positive growth of 6 percent with Bangladesh (30 percent) and Pakistan (26.3percent) leading the way. Arrivals from India, which has showed sustained growth this year except the soft decline in April, increased by 4.3 percent in May. However, Sri Lanka recorded negative growth of 53.7 percent in the review period. Arrivals from China recorded double-digit growth of 35 percent in May.

Arrivals from Japan also increased by 13.9 percent. However, tourist arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) declined by 3.7 percent. Arrivals from South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand also declined by 14 percent, 30.3 percent, 32.7 percent and 50 percent respectively.

European markets registered overall positive growth of 10.8 percent in May led by strong growth from major markets. Arrivals from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Poland grew by 4.9 percent, 14.2 percent, and 47.5 percent, 12.3 percent, 20.9 percent, 75 percent and 278.6 percent respectively.

However, arrivals from France and Italy marginally declined by 0.7 percent and 1.9 percent respectively. Though arrivals from USA grew by 10.4 percent, Australia, New Zealand and Canada recorded negative growth of 9.8 percent, 2.9 percent, and 3.2 percent respectively.

 

13-year-old climbs Mt Everest
13 Years old American boy Jordan Romero has become the youngest person to Summit Mt Everest (8,848m) from the Tibetan side. Romero, who hails from California, reached the summit on May 22, according to everestnews.com.

The successful summit of Mt Everest takes Romero a step closer to his ambitious dream of scaling highest mountains in all summits. Before climbing Everest, he had already climbed five of the seven peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. He only needs to climb Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica, to achieve his goal.

Romero climbed Mt Everest from northern side as Nepal does not issue climbing permit to persons below 16 years of age.

 

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