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Everest hopefuls ‘camp’ at home to avoid Covid-19 in Nepal

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Kathmandu (AFP) – Mountaineer Akash Neggi is fully prepared to take on the world’s highest mountain — after spending several weeks sleeping in a tent in his living room in New Jersey. As Nepal battles Covid-19, a growing number of climbers are using oxygen-deprivation tents ahead of their expeditions to reduce exposure to the coronavirus by cutting down the length of their Himalayan adventure. Mount Everest aspirants typically spend eight days trekking from Kathmandu to base camp at 5,364 metres (17,598 feet), using the journey to acclimatise to high-altitude conditions. But this year, more t…

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