KATHMANDU- Nepal on Wednesday revoked the Everest summit certificates of two Indian climbers for faking their 2016 ascent, and banned them and their team leader from mountaineering in the country for six years, officials said.
Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami said they reached the top of the world’s highest mountain in the 2016 spring season, and Nepal’s tourism department certified their claim at the time.
But outrage erupted among Indian mountaineers after Yadav was listed for the prestigious Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award last year, triggering an investigation.
Tourism Ministry spokesman Tara Nath Adhikari told AFP their investigations and enquiries with other climbers revealed that the two “never reached the summit”.
“They couldn’t produce any evidence of their ascent to the peak… they even failed to submit reliable photos of them at the summit,” Adhikari said.
The two climbers and their team leader Naba Kumar Phukon have been banned from climbing Nepal’s mountains for six years, starting retroactively from May 2016.
Seven Summit Treks, which organised the expedition, has been fined 50,000 rupees (US $450) and their supporting Sherpa has been fined ₹ 10,000 (US $85).
Standing at the top of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain adds a star to a climber’s resume, and many go on to forge careers as motivational speakers and authors.
The current system demands photos, and reports from team leaders and government liaison officers stationed at the base camp — but it has been open to attempts at fakery.( Source- AFP )