It was a mountain of lies. Last spring, an Indian couple claimed to have summited Mount Everest and made headlines for becoming the first pair from their country to do so. Then their story, which was marked by inconsistencies and faked photos, started to unravel.
Now a high-level committee in Nepal is recommending that the government ban them from the mountain for 10 years, reports The Adventure Blog.
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In early June, news outlets were heralding Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod as the first Indian couple to successfully summit Everest. But experienced mountaineers spotted glaring problems with the evidence. BuzzFeed social reporter Andre Borges broke the story on June 28, posting photos showing the two wearing completely different gear at different points of the purported climb. Hrm.
Soon, government ministers had launched an investigation, The Adventure Blog's Kraig Becker reported. Indian climber Satyarup Siddhanta recognized his own summit photos and accused the couple of altering them to make it seem like they were there. A three-member panel in Nepal concluded that the photos were indeed doctored.
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