Himalayan Viagra, costlier than gold, is in danger
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:54 PM
Nicknamed 'Himalayan Viagra', an expensive caterpillar fungus, which is more valuable than gold, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, say researchers. A report in the 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Science' journal says Himalayan Viagra is "one of the world's most valuable biological commodities, providing a crucial source of income for hundreds of thousands of collectors."
Guides pressure trekkers into 'unnecessary rescues' in Nepal
Thursday, June 28, 2018, 2:32 PM
Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary-rescues", industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses.