Indian foreign minister heads to Beijing amid flare-up in border dispute

Salman Khurshid ducked dispute

Amid growing calls in some quarters for a tougher stance over the alleged incursion of Chinese troops in a remote Himalayan region, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said he would head to Beijing on May 9.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 4:58am 1 comment

India asks China to withdraw troops near disputed border

India’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had asked China to withdraw troops who allegedly advanced into disputed territory claimed by New Delhi in a remote area of the Himalayas.

“We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border),” spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told a briefing. “By this I mean the status quo prior to this incident.”

23 Apr 2013 - 6:23pm

Himalayan avalanche kills five in India

An avalanche in a Himalayan region of northern India killed at least five villagers on Wednesday when their houses were buried under heavy snow, officials said.

The avalanche trapped eight people in the remote Kafnu village in the state of Himachal Pradesh but three of them were later rescued, they said.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:36pm

Peak condition

Foreigners and locals alike take on the Annapurna Marathon. Photo: AFP

Nestled into the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepal is a magnet for trekkers and a launch pad to scale the world's highest mountains.

22 Jan 2013 - 11:19am

Mega-quakes could return to the Himalayas, new study says

A mega-quake in 1255 that wrecked the Nepalese capital, wiped out a third of the population of Kathmandu Valley and killed the country's monarch, King Abhaya Malla, was of a kind that may return to the Himalayas, seismologists have reported.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:40am

Brothers sharing a wife aids survival in Nepalese villages

Brothers Pasang (left) and Mingmar Lama share a wife in a polyandrous marriage, and now have children. Photo: AFP

When Tashi Sangmo was 17 she married a 14-year-old neighbour in a Himalayan village in Nepal and as part of the package she also agreed to wed his younger brother.

28 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

Avalanche deaths might be victims of China-Tibet tensions

A helicopter lifts avalanche survivors to safety on Mount Manaslu on Sunday. Photo: AP

The climbers killed in a weekend avalanche in the Himalayas were part of a crush of mountaineers who came to the peak in Nepal because of heightened tensions between Chinese authorities and Tibetans.

China rejected climbing permits for mountaineers hoping to scale peaks in the Tibetan Himalayas, forcing many to crowd onto mountains in Nepal, according to alpine companies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nepal avalanche sweeps away climbers

A tourist is rescued by a helicopter after an avalanche on Mount Manaslu in Gorkha village, Kathmandu, Nepal, on sunday. Photo: EPA

Rescue helicopters flew over the high slopes of a northern Nepal peak again on Monday to search for climbers lost in an avalanche that killed at least nine foreign mountaineers.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:31am

On top of the world in five continents


Mount Everest

With its peak reaching 8,850 metres, Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain.

The Tibetans call it Chomolungma, 'the Goddess Mother of the World'. They believe the Yeti or 'Abominable Snowman' lives on the top of the mountain.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Fragile and in need of protection

When the long-anticipated train service to Lhasa begins on Saturday, it will affect the entire Himalayan region, not only Tibet. So, Beijing must recognise that this area possesses a vast and important resource - its unique topography and culture.

The development challenge is to promote and make the most of the coming changes, without damaging the delicate ecology.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Running 160 kilometres (100 miles) at high altitude on the roof of the world is no mean feat for even the fittest young athlete. But when you are 61, officially retired, and were once told not to expect to walk again, never mind run, the challenge enters a new dimension.

23 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

More expected from high-price trek holiday

We write in response to Peter Lavac's letter headlined, 'Adventure trips should be tough' (South China Morning Post, February 12).

We were the two individuals who sued the travel company in question.

We were delighted that Mr Lavac was 'amused' by the circumstances that led us to receive a substantial refund.

1 Mar 2000 - 12:00am