S. African held for try­ing to climb Ever­est with­out per­mit

New Straits Times - - World -

KATH­MANDU: A South African climber was in po­lice cus­tody in Nepal’s cap­i­tal yes­ter­day af­ter he at­tempted to scale Mount Ever­est with­out ob­tain­ing the manda­tory per­mit, an of­fi­cial said.

Ryan Sean Davy from Jo­han­nes­burg had been caught by a moun­taineer­ing of­fi­cial at the Ever­est base camp ear­lier this month and his pass­port was seized.

He agreed to trek down the moun­tain and sur­ren­der to the Tourism Depart­ment in Kath­mandu, where he was held on Tues­day.

Tourism Depart­ment chief Di­nesh Bhat­tarai said Davy was in po­lice cus­tody for ques­tion­ing.

He could be fined US$22,000 (RM95,100) and banned from vis­it­ing Nepal and climb­ing moun­tains for years.

He has not been al­lowed to speak to media since his de­ten­tion and a mo­tive was un­clear.

Per­mits to climb Ever­est cost US$11,000 per per­son, which helps the im­pov­er­ished coun­try fund gov­ern­ment ser­vices, in­clud­ing res­cues of climbers stricken by in­juries and ill­ness while on the moun­tain. AP

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