April 26, 2015, prayer flags frame a rescue helicopter as it ferries the injured from Nepal's Everest Base Camp a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT / FILES
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Nepal has extended the climbing permits of hundreds of foreigners forced to abandon the Himalayas after last year's twin earthquakes, the government said Tuesday, to encourage them to return to the mountains.At least 19 climbers were killed when huge blocks of ice buried their tents at the base camp of the 8,850-meter (29,035 feet) Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.More than 800 foreign climbers, each paying up to $11,000 for their permits, cancelled their expeditions after the April quake triggered landslides and massive avalanches across the Himalayas.
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