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Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan

Everest deaths pile pressure on Nepal

Impoverished country accused of not doing enough to assist climber safety

Tourists stroll the streets of Kathmandu’s Thamel district, the first stop for foreign climbers and trekkers. (Photo by Deepak Adhikari)

KATHMANDU -- As news of a successful ascent of Everest by a rope-fixing team spread around Nepal's capital on May 14, Khem Raj Aryal, a junior officer at the Department of Tourism, was assessing an application for a permit to climb the 8,848-meter peak.

"We accept applications for climbing till the end of the season," he said in his second floor office in a rundown government building, referring to the period between March and the end of May when favorable weather conditions allow climbers to attempt the summit.

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