In a country where mountain tourism is a boom lies a Machhapuchhare, an iconic 6,993m mountain in central Nepal’s Annapurna. Unluckily, climbing the mountain is forbidden because of its height, but because of a man named Lieutenant Colonel James Owen Merion Roberts, a British Army officer. Roberts has always been fascinated with Mount Machhapuchhare. In fact, he opened Nepal’s remote mountains for commercial mountaineering and trekking. In 1957, after more than 20 years of fixating on Machhapuchhare, he organized an expedition to summit the mountains but wasn’t able to do so due to bad weather conditions. After the failed expedition, Roberts requested the Nepal government to restrict the peak, to which the government surprisingly obliged.
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