The One Fingered Mountaineer : Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki

Nobukazu Kuriki (Photo: Facebook/kurikiyama)

Nobukazu Kuriki, Japanese mountaineer born in 1982 was the first climber to lead the Mt. Everest expedition since the devastating 25th April earthquake in Nepal. However he had to abandon the expedition due to fresh deep snow after attempting a final push to reach the summit, according to his Facebook Page.

I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow. I realised if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive, so I decided to descend.

Kuriki started his climbing career from his college days and since then have never looked back. He has climbed the highest mountain of 6 continent and 3 of 8000 meter Himalayan Mountain, all without supplement oxygen.  Having almost achieved glory on most of the high mountain, Everest has denied his for 5 times [including the recent 2015 everest expedition after earthquake], 3 from Nepal and 2 from Tibet, each time with the summit view.

The fall of 2012 came out to be one of his unforgettable attempts on Everest. During his ascent of Everest Kurki got severe frostbite on his fingers, toe and nose.  His toes and nose got healed; however he had to amputate 2/3 of his 9 fingers.

From the year of 2009, Nobukazu started to webcast live from mountains on the internet in order to share his adventure with people all over the world.

I’m so happy to be able to challenge again to Mount Everest even after I lost 9 fingers by frostbite. I want to reach the summit and share my adventure with many people by live webcasting.

You can check out the webcasting of the 2015 Everest expedition at his Youtube Channel. Nobukazu Kuriki has already descend to the base camp “Everest base camp” and is planning to climb again the summit of the Everest. [Thursday, 8 October 2015]. Nobukazu Kuriki is the first and only climber attempting to summit Everest this season.

Mount Everest : Inexperienced climber to be banned from climbing Everest

The dream of reaching the top of the world may come to end for many because Nepalese Government will introduce ban to inexperienced, disable, old and very young people from attempting Everest to increase the safety, lessen crowding and maintain the glory of the mountain.


Hillary Step, final hurdle before the Everest Summit.

Climbing permit to the Everest will only be given to those who can prove they have scaled mountains higher than 6,500 meters. Young [under 18], Old [Over 75] and Disable people will also face a ban on scaling the 8848 meter world’s highest summit.

The rule will be implemented from the spring season which is the busiest season, where hundreds of climber from across the world will attempt to summit the tallest mountain of the earth.

We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die. If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide.

Kripasur Sherpa, Tourism Minister

He added that “the disabled or visually impaired people usually need someone to carry them, which is not an adventure” so “only those who can go on their own will be given permission”.

Once Everest only attracted the world’s best and most experienced mountaineers. Now everyone is going to Everest, levels of risk for all involved had become much higher. In recent years Everest has seen aspiring summiteers who are using basic mountaineering equipment for the first time.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association said ” So I doubt this will be implemented. Earlier such plans were aborted because of pressure from human rights organisations and foreign embassies.

Supporting the new age bar and rule of ban on novice and disable climbers Ang Tshering added ” anyone disabled [who] can go on his or her own” to the summit of Everest but “those who need personal assistance or to be carried to reach the top should not venture on the peak.

He even pointed out by saying China still does not allow climber who are under 17 years old or above 75 year to climb Everest from the northern side.

Experience Nepal : A Picture Story

Nepal national flag

Nepal national flag

Nepal a South Asian landlocked country between the mighty China and India is a trekker’s paradise. This small south Asian country is gifted with majestic tall mountains including the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest and is also blessed with multi ethnic cultural groups throughout the country.  With an area of 147, 181 Sq. Km, Nepal is commonly divided into three physiographic areas: Mountain, Hill and Terai.  Ruled by the Mallas, Licchavi and Shah dynasty; Nepal now is officially the Federal Democratic Republic.

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New Entry Fee for National Parks and Wildlife Reserves

The Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation has raised the entry fees in different national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas across the country.

Chitwan National Park
One of the successful testimony of the natural conservation in south asia, Chitwan National Park is the first National Park of Nepal. Covering area of 932 sq. km, the park is included in UNESCO Natural Heritage site.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
100 per day per entry 750 per person per day 1500 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
  • Gharial Crocodile breeding center – Included in the park entrance fee.
  • Elephant breeding center – Included in the park entrance fee.

Sagarmatha National Park
Another UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park covers 1148 sq. km area in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The main attraction of this National park is the highest peak in the world; Mt. Everest and many other known and famous peaks above 8000 meters.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • At Monjo there is the Sagarmatha National Park entrance station where you will have to show your passport and pay a National Park fee.

Bardiya National Park
With an area of 968, Bardiya National Park main objectives are to conserve the ecosystem of the mid-Western Terai, specially the Royal Bengal Tiger and other endangered animals.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
50 per day per entry 500 per person per day 1000 per person per day Below 10 yrs free
  • The park HQ. is at Tharkurdwara and a sub-headquarter at the eastern entrance to the park at East Chisapani. Visitors entering the park must stop and pay an entrance fee
  • Be sure to keep your permit as it might be checked later by park guards.

Khaptad National parks
Khaptad National Park is located in the mid-mountain region of Far-Western Nepal. The park covers a unique ecosystem of the mid-mountain region of Western Nepal and is situated at around 3000 m elevation.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • Entry fee as per park rules should be paid at the entrance gates.

Langtang national Park
Langtang National Park is the nearest park to Kathmandu.Langtang was designated as the first Himalayan National Park in 1970-71, and was opened in March 1976.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • The park Headquarters is at Dhunche, and a check post at Ghora Tabela. All visitors must stop at either place to pay an Entrance Fee, and are required to show your passport.
  • Be sure to keep your Entry Permit as it might be checked later by the park guards.

Makalu-Barun National park
The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park and the first to include and adjacent inhabited conservation area as a buffer.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free

Rara National Park
Rara National park is the smallest park in Nepal covering area of 106 sq. km with the country’s biggest lake at an elevation of 2990 m.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • All visitors must pay a park entry fee at Bhulbhule guard post or at park HQ.
  • Be sure to keep your entry ticket with you as it might be checked by the park personnel.

Shey- Phoksundo National Park
Shey Phoksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of Western Nepal, covering parts of Dolpa and Mugu Districts. The major attraction of the park is the Nepal’s second largest lake, Phoksundo which lies at 3660 m altitude.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • All visitors must pay a park entry fee at Ankhe guard post of park HQ.
  • Keep your entry permit as it might be checked later by park personnel.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve was established in 1976; mainly to preserve habitat for the remaining population of wild buffalo in Nepal. The Wildlife reserve lies in the floodplain of the Sapta-Koshi in Saptri and Sunsari Districts of eastern Nepal.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
50 per day per entry 500 per day per entry 1000 per day per entry  Below 10 yrs free
  • Reserve Headquarters and entrance building are at Kusaha. All visitors must stop here to pay an entrance fee.
  • Entry permits should be kept in case they need to be checked by the Reserve Guards.

Parsa Wildlife Reserve
Established in 1984 with an area of 499 sq. km; Parsa Wildlife Reserve was occupies part of Chitwan, Makwanpur, Parsa and Bara Districts in Central Nepal.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
50 per day per entry 500 per day per entry 1000 per day per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • Camping Fee, Vehicle and Elephant Ride Fee – Not Included in entry fee

Annapurna Conservation Area
The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7,629 sq. km in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung districts.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 200 per person per entry 2000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
Situated in north eastern Nepal in Taplejung District, the conservation area Spread in an area of 2035 sq. km in north eastern Nepal.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 200 per person per entry 2000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free
  • To get a permit to this conservation area you need to be part of an organized trekking group.

Manaslu Conservation Area
Established in 1998 it covers 1,663 sq. km, Manaslu Conservation Area is another conservation area in the mountain region.The Manasalu region lies in Gorkha District to the west of Kathmandu.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 200 per person per entry 2000 per person per entry Below 10 yrs free

Dhorpatan Hunting Area
The only hunting reserve in Nepal; Dhorpatan Hunting Area was established in 1987. Covering 1,325 sq. km area; Dhorpatan Hunting area lies in the Dhaulagiri Himal of western Nepal in the Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung Districts in altitude from 2,850 to 5,500 meters.

Nepali SAARC Foreigners Child discount
Free 1500 per person per entry 3000 per person per entry Hunting license required for hunting purposes

Shivapuri National Park charges 10 rupees per person for Nepali Citizen whereas 250 per person for SAARC and Foreigners. Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve entree fee for SAARC nationality is 500 per person and 1000 per person for foreigners. Gaurishankar Conservation Area charges 2000 per person for foreigners and 200 per person for SAARC nationalities. No entry fee is needed for children below 10 years.

All National Park and Conservation Area permits can be issued and paid for at the ACAP office in Thamel, Kathmandu. Open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. Remember to bring your passport along with you, as they require your details.

Terms and Conditions

  • The entry permit is valid for one Conservation Area/National Park. Trekkers visiting one or more Conservation Areas/National Park will require obtaining individual Entry Permits for each Conservation Area and National Park.
  • Person entering the Conservation Area shall act in accordance by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 B.S. (1973, Nepal) and the Regulations made under this Act.
  • Entry Permit must be carried during the entire trip and should be shown if concerned personnel of the Conservation Area want to check it.

Note : This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and is non refundable, non-transferable. The above listed entry fees are in Nepaleses Currency.

1996’s Everest Disaster! (Reliving the Mountain’s Greatest Tragedy)

Time Magazine's Cover

Time Magazine’s Cover

Mount Everest first opened for commercial expeditions in 1986, which was followed by the huge influx of private companies and former mountaineers bringing in rich clients from around the world to Nepal to climb the highest ever mountain.

On the same league were the mountaineers who took an expedition to Mount Everest in 1996. Over 35 climbers went to the summit in the hay day of the mid Spring, however, only handful returned back safe.


1996 Everest Expedition

In the Spring of 1996, 5 of the expedition teams, including; Adventure Consultants, Mountain Madness, Taiwanese Expedition, IMAX Team and National Geographic, climbed Mount Everest, where 2 teams were carrying clients. The weather was clear and the Spring window was in full bloom.

Rob Hall (Expedition Leader of Adventure Consultants) decided to reach summit on May 10. The same day Scott Fisher decided to summit, followed by the Taiwanese team of 13 climbers. National Geographic Team (Explorers Club) including of Dr. Kenneth Kamler and the IMAX Team of Ed Viesturs were waiting for another summit day.


  • (Leader) Rob Hall, Mike Groom and Andy Harris (Client) Frank FischbeckDoug Hansen, Stuart Hutchison, Lou Kasischke, Jon Krakauer, Yasuko Namba, John Taske, Beck Weathers (Sherpa) Sirdar Ang Dorje Sherpa, Arita Sherpa, Chuldum Sherpa, Lhakpa Chhiri Sherpa, Kami Sherpa, Ngawang Norbu Sherpa, Tenzing Sherpa
The Rob Hall Team

The Rob Hall Team


  • (Leader) Scott Fischer, Neal Beidleman, Anatoli Boukreev (Client) Martin Adams, Charlotte Fox, Lene Gammelgaard, Dale Kruse, Tim Madsen, Sandy Hill Pittman, Klev Schoening, Pete Schoening (Sherpa) Sirdar Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa, “Big” Pemba Sherpa, Ngawang Dorje Sherpa, Ngawang Sya Kya Sherpa, Ngawang Tendi Sherpa, Ngawang Topche Sherpa, Tashi Tshering Sherpa, Tendi Sherpa

Few Climbers who were Present in the Everest


~May 10~

Shortly after midnight, the climbers from Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness, including leaders; Rob Hall and Scott Fisher, start climbing from Camp IV for the summit. Due to severe delay in installing fixed ropes at the Balcony 8,350 m (27,395 ft) and Hillary Step 8,760 m (28,740 ft), the expedition comes to a halt for 2 hours causing huge delay for the standard summit time.

The halt invites a massive traffic jam at the Hillary Step. Some 33 climbers are attempting the summit the same day.

1:07 PM -Boukreev with the Mountain Madness team was the first to reach the summit. Many climbers were still behind and didn’t summit till 2:00 pm, the last safe time to turn around for Camp IV before midnight.

2:30 PM – Rob Hall, Krakauer, Harris, Beidleman, Martin Adams and Klev Schoening reach the summit.

3:00 PM -Hall and his Sirdar Ang Dorjee Sherpa start descending after incessantly waiting for other climbers. At Hillary Step, Ang Dorje finds Doug Hansen and orders him to descend, but he doesn’t respond. Hall comes down to Doug and orders Ang Dorje to gown down and assist other climbers while he sits along with Doug to help him.

Hillary Step

Hillary Step

3:45 PM -Scott Fisher finally summits, by which time he starts complaining of his illness, possibly from HAPE or HACE. Makalu Gau (Taiwanese Team Leader) reaches the summit even later.

5:00 PM -The weather starts deteriorating, while many climbers are still stuck above 8,000 m. The blizzard and storm covers the entire trail leaving many climbers to abandon the trail.

5:30 PM -Hall radios the base camp for help. By this time, Doug’s rendered unconscious but is still alive. Expedition guide Andy Harris starts climbing the South Summit alone with supplementary oxygen and water for Hall and Doug.

Several climbers became lost on the South Col. Mountain Madness members Beidleman, Klev Schoening, Fox, Madsen, Pittman, and Gammelgaard, along with Adventure Consultants’ Mike Groom, Beck Weathers, and Yasuko Namba, wandered in the blizzard until midnight. When they could no longer walk, they huddled some 20 m from a drop-off of the Kangshung Face.

Ed Viestrus from the IMAX Team at Camp II stays with Rob the entire time in the radio urging him to get down. Both Ed and Guy Cotter (On a different expedition), friends of Hall, urge him to leave Doug and descend to South summit for supplement oxygen, however, he doesn’t budge and helps Doug descend the entire night.

~May 11~

4:43 AM -Hall radios the base camp still at the height of 8,749 m (28,700 ft) and informs that Doug is gone, possibly dead, and Andy Harris is missing as well. “I’m all Fucked,” says Hall in his despairing radio call. By this time, the expedition members below were campaigning to send rescue team including of Sherpas to help get the remaining climbers down. Guides Ang Dorje and Lakpa Chhiri are sent up to rescue Rob.

 Everest Camp map

Everest Camp Map

6:00 PM -Mountain madness Sirdar Lobsang finds Scott struggling at 27,600 feet (8,413 meters). Lobsang tries getting Scott down, but, it’s too difficult to manage him in such weather and they crash just 300 ft below.

At one point of time, Scott Fisher decides to jump off to Tibet, a 3,687 m (12,000 ft) fall with no point of returning back. Sirdar Lobsang ties him along with a rope and gets him down.

It was reported that the rescue team reverted from the South Summit due to worsening weather conditions. Rob was still alive despite being at the height for 36 hours.

6:20 PM -Hall radios the base to patch a call to his with Jan Arnold in New Zealand. Jan is 7 months pregnant. They share their last farewell. Shortly thereafter he dies.

8:00 PM -Makalu Gau, along with his two Sherpas, show up where Scott has crashed. Lobsang spend vigil with both of them before descending down to help send Sherpas and Anatoli Boukreev up for the rescue. Gau is later rescued and evacuated.

~May 12~

In the early morning, two Sherpas climb up to help rescue Scott and Makalu, however, the deteriorating condition of Scott doesn’t allow him to get down. The Sherpas help Makalu down the ridge instead.

5:00 PM -Boukreev sets himself for the rescue of Scott. By the time he reached, almost 2.5 hrs later, it’s too late, and Scott has died of his worsening condition.

Another climber, Weathers is dramatically saved and helicoptered out of the region, however, he loses his nose, right hand and all the fingers of the left hand to frostbite.

The Everest Tragedy of 1996 is one of the most devastating stories of mountaineering fraternity. The disaster took 8 innocent lives and left many wounded.

Radio-time with Rob Hall

The IMAX Team in the radio with Rob HallAround 2 p.m. (the standard turnaround time on summit day on Everest)—we could make out climbers scattered along the high ridge through the telescope—they appeared just as little specks of red and yellow, lined up, waiting their turns to climb the Hillary Step. It was alarming how much of the time those specks were standing still, not moving. The traffic jam had indeed started to work its mischief. ~Ed Viesturs (source)

Radio Broadcast of Ed Vesturs & Rob Hall

(May 11, 5 am) “I’m all f—ed up. I’m on the South Summit. I sat out all night. Doug is gone. I’m stuck here, my hands are fucked. When is somebody coming up to help me?” ~Rob Hall to Base Camp

“Rob, crawl if you have to. get to the south Summit. if you can start moving part of the way down, the Sherpas will meet you somewhere below. You can shorten their day getting to you. When this is over, we’ll go to Thailand, and I’ll get to see your skinny white legs on the beach for the first time.” ~Ed Vesturs

“Thanks for that” ~Hall

“We’ll get you off the hill, but Rob, you’ve gotta move! Rob, come on, man! You can’t just sit there!” ~Ed

“Rob, you think about that little baby of yours. You’re going to see its face in a couple of months, so keep on going.” ~Helen (Base Camp) to Hall

“Don’t talk much. Just get ready, start moving….Rob, how’s it going?” ~Ed

“I haven’t moved.” ~Hall

“Rob, I’m leaving now. I’m heading up the hill. I’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll talk again as soon as we can.” ~Ed

Radio-time between Hall & Jan Arnold

(May 11, 6:20 pm) “Hi, my sweetheart. I hope you’re tucked in a nice warm bed. How are you doing?” ~Hall to Jan

Rob Hall with Jan Arnold

Rob Hall with Jan Arnold

“I can’t tell you how much I’m thinking about you! You sound so much better than I expected…Are you warm, my darling?” ~Jan

“I’m reasonably comfortable.” ~Hall

“How are your feet?” ~Jan

“I haven’t taken my boots off to check, but I think I may have a bit of frostbite.” ~Hall

“I’m looking forward to making you completely better when you come home. I just know that you’e going to be rescued. don’t feel that you’re alone. I’m sending all my positive energy your way!” ~Jan

“I love you. Sleep well, my sweetheart. Please don’t worry too much.” ~Hall

Dr. Ken Kamler’s Story

Everest (2015) Movie

Everest (Movie Cover)

Everest (Movie Cover)

Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur took the challenging job of making the event into a feature length movie, starring; Jake Gyllenhall, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Kiera Knightly.

Slated to be released in 3D and IMAX worldwide on September 18, the movie will focus on what occurred on May 10 and 11 in the Everest.