Nepal fines solo Ever­est climber RM95,400

New Straits Times - - World -

KATHMANDU: A South African at­tempt­ing to climb Mount Ever­est alone and with­out a per­mit has been or­dered off the moun­tain, had his pass­port con­fis­cated and will be fined US$22,000 (RM95,400), an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Ryan Sean Davy, 43, told of­fi­cials at base camp that he had climbed alone as far as camp two — 6,400m — to ac­cli­ma­tise ahead of a sum­mit push be­fore he was caught.

For­eign­ers have to pay the govern­ment US$11,000 for per­mis­sion to climb the 8,848m peak, a ma­jor earner for the im­pov­er­ished coun­try.

“I saw him alone near base camp, so I ap­proached him and he ran away,” said Gya­nen­dra Shresth, the govern­ment lia­son of­fi­cer at base camp.

“I fol­lowed him with my friend and found him hid­ing in a cave nearby. He had set up camp in an iso­lated place to avoid govern­ment of­fi­cials.”

It is un­usual for a for­eign climber to at­tempt to scale Ever­est alone — most do so with the help of at least one Sherpa guide and a large sup­port team at base camp.

Davy could be banned from Nepal for five years or face a 10year ban on climb­ing in the coun­try.

Shresth said he had also seized Davy’s pass­port and told him to re­turn to the cap­i­tal here to re­trieve it. AFP

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