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Plans to Measure Mount Everest

Mount Everest has always been known as the most intimidating mountain to conquer. Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, over five thousand people have followed in their footsteps. Many who have taken on this massive task have failed, as it is not only the most challenging climb in the world, but is notorious for being the most dangerous, as many climbers have lost their lives here. It was always documented that Mount Everest stood at a height of 8 448 meters, or 29 028 feet, but more recently there have been disputes in regard to its height and the government of Nepal has now decided to put this issue to rest once and for all.

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Jiri – Gateway to Mount Everest

Located at an altitude of more than 1,900 meters in the Dolakha District of Nepal's Janakpur Zone, the village of Jiri is referred to as the "Gateway to Mount Everest". Many famous expeditions and legendary climbers have passed through Jiri en-route to attempt to conquer the world's tallest mountain, including the historical expedition that resulted in Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Jiri is also the starting point for trekkers as they make their way along the 170 kilometer Everest Trek, stretching through the Khumbu Valley in the Solu region of Nepal. This popular trekking route can take up to twenty-four days to complete as trekkers make their way through some of the most awe-inspiring terrain in the world – and the adventure of a lifetime starts at the little village of Jiri.

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Renowned Nepali Musician Narayan Gopal

Music Nepal is known as the leading company in the music industry in the country. On one of the album covers of Narayan Gopal's CDs the company described him as the most popular Nepali musician who has ever existed and was quoted on the cover saying: "A still more appropriate introduction of the music maestro would be to call him the King of Vocals or Swar Samrat of contemporary Nepali music." He was the favorite musician of millions of Nepali music enthusiasts, and is still popular today, years after his passing.

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The Sivalik Hills of Nepal

Reaching heights of between 600 and 1,200 meters, the Sivalik Hills stretch for a distance of around 1,600 kilometers from the Teesta River in the Indian state of Sikkim, through Nepal, Uttarakhand, Kashmir and ending in Northern Pakistan. The southern slopes of Sivalik Hills consist of a series of small channels which turn into continuously flowing streams during the monsoon season, emptying into the Terai region. Large rivers flowing south from the Himalayas cut through the Sivalik Hills from time to time, while smaller rivers wind around at their base.

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Pauba – An Ancient Newari Tradition

With its exact origins lost in the mists of time, pauba painting is a traditional art form of Nepal's Newari people that is believed to date back to the 3rd century, and is still practiced today. The name "pauba" is believed to be taken from the Sanskrit word describing the depiction of gods and goddesses, specifically on a flat form. This is an apt description of this ancient form of art which not only draws on the artist's skill, but on his spiritual state as well. Producing a pauba involves more than just putting a brush to canvas, as the completed work is displayed on private altars, in monasteries and in temples, being used as an aid to meditation.

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Tuladhars – Merchants From the Past

The Tuladhars made a name for themselves in Nepal as traders. For centuries they were known to travel between Nepal, Tibet and India and were industrious in the way of maintaining businesses in various towns and cities. The name of the caste Tuladhar therefore means merchant, or with a more direct translation, scale-bearer. They form part of the Newar community, which is located in the Kathmandu Valley. Their spoken language is Nepal Bhasa, and they follow the Newar Buddism religion, continuing to practice many traditional rites and festivals that have been a part of their culture for centuries.

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Kirat Tribe of Nepal

There are various tribes scattered along the eastern regions of Nepal, such as Limbu, Rai, Sunuwar and the Yakkha, which fall under the umbrella of the Kirat, or Kirati, tribe. They are all descendants of the original Kirat that ruled Nepal centuries ago and all their languages are derived from the Tibeto-Burman dialects. The history of this tribe is as unique, as the ruling Kirat were, and are, a significant part of the history of Nepal. Today the Kirat are found in Nepal, as well as in Burma, India and further regions.

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Campaign Launched to Clean Up Mount Everest

Majestic Mount Everest has been a top attraction in Nepal for decades, with adventurers traveling from around the world to attempt to make their way to the summit. Many have succeeded, some have failed, but all have unforgettable memories of their experiences. Mount Everest is considered to be such an important natural treasure that it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. But sadly, not all of Mount Everest's visitors have shown respect for its grandeur, and the environment has become polluted by litter, prompting a team of concerned environmentalists to launch the "Save Mount Everest Campaign" in an effort to resolve this growing problem.

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