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Nepal Fines Solo Everest Climber Without Permit $22,000

Ryan Sean Davy, 43, told officials at base camp that he had climbed alone as far as camp two -- 6,400 metres (21,000 feet) -- to acclimatise ahead of a summit push before he was caught.

Foreigners have to pay the Nepal government $11,000 for permission to climb the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) peak -- a major earner for the impoverished country.

"I saw him alone near base camp so I approached him and he ran away," said Gyanendra Shresth, the government liason officer at base camp.

"I followed him with my friend and found him hiding in a cave nearby," he told AFP.

"He had set up camp in an isolated place to avoid government officials."

It is highly unusual for a foreign climber to attempt to scale Everest alone -- most do so with the help of at least one Sherpa guide and a large support team at base camp.

Davy could be banned from Nepal for five years or face a 10-year ban on climbing in the country.

Shresth said he had also seized Davy's passport and told him to return to Kathmandu to retrieve it.

He will also be fined $22,000 -- double the cost of the permit.

Davy could not be reached for comment, but photos on a Facebook page under his name appear to show a climber traversing the Khumbu Icefall, which lies between base camp and camp one.

Source: Al Alam

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