Police hold South African for trying Everest without permit

Kathmandu: A South African climber was in police custody in Nepal’s capital Wednesday after he attempted to scale Mount Everest without obtaining the mandatory permit, an official said, reports UNB.
Ryan Sean Davy from Johannesburg had been caught by a mountaineering official at the Everest base camp earlier this month and his passport was seized. He agreed to trek down the mountain and surrender to the Tourism Department in Kathmandu, where he was detained on Tuesday. Tourism Department chief Dinesh Bhattarai said Davy was in police custody for questioning but a decision on his case has not been made. He could be fined $22,000 and banned from visiting Nepal and climbing mountains for years.