NEPAL QUESTIONS SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST WITHOUT PERMIT

KATHMANDU, Authorities in Nepal on Wednesday questioned a South African climber who was found on Mount Everest without a license to scale the peak.

Ryan Sean Davy, a 43-year-old South African, was found hiding in a cave near Everest base camp last week, when he was caught by a tourism official based there.

The tourism police detained him on Tuesday," Dinesh Bhattarai, director general of Nepal's Department of Tourism.

"We are questioning him and will decide on the case according to our tourism laws.

Under Nepalese law, a foreign climber attempting to scale the peak of Everest without permission is to be fined $22,000.

Davy could also face a 10-year ban on visiting Nepal, Bhattarai said.

The South African couldn't be reached for comment, but on Tuesday, he posted a video on Facebook before being summoned to the Department of Tourism.

The first group of climbers reached Everest's summit on Monday, paving the way for some 375 foreign climbers to scale the 8,848-metre peak.

This year's number is the highest for climbers on Everest in one season since 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first climbers to reach the top.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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