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The Mystery of the Blue Microplastic Fiber

In October 2016, mountaineer and Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre led a climbing expedition on Langju Himal (20,885ft), deep in the heart of the Himalayas. The Nepalese government recently opened up the sacred region to climbing, so the team explored an area completely untouched by people. Vertical Nepal used this opportunity to gather freshwater samples for Adventure Scientists’ Global Microplastics Initiative. Astonishingly, a sample taken at the foot of the Langju Glacier (which no person had ever set foot on), contained one blue microplastic fiber.

Wild Snow Leopard Prey Recovers Thanks to Reserve

Post submitted by Matt Fiechter, Snow Leopard Trust 18 years ago, we established our first grazing-free village reserve for wild snow leopard prey in partnership with the community of Kibber, India. Today, the area’s population of bharal, a wild sheep that’s among the snow leopard’s preferred prey species, is about four times higher than it was…

A Brighter Future for the Hornbills of India

Among the Nyishi people, the ceremonial bopia hat is indispensable, but requires beaks from endangered Asian hornbills. Now, an innovative replacement has emerged.

Missing Isotopes: What’s Happening in the World’s Highest Glaciers?

On the roof of the world in Tibet, Natalie Kehrwald and her colleagues have made a surprising discovery about climate and glaciers.

Castles in the Air: Experiences and Journeys in Unknown Bhutan

One hundred years ago, in 1914, National Geographic published its first article about the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan: a compelling account of surveys of the region by John Claude White, a British Empire administrator and explorer. Profusely illustrated with his own photographs, White’s report lifted the veil on a mysterious land hidden in the world’s highest mountains.

Nairobi entrepreneur prepares to become first Kenyan climber to summit Mount Everest

Next spring, a 39-year-old climber from Nairobi hopes to become the first Kenyan man to summit Mount Everest – a feat requiring tremendous endurance, strength and determination. Steve Obbayi, a tech entrepreneur who taught himself how to write software and was a former high-school rugby star, plans to push himself to the limit when he…

April 21, 2013: Running Vertically, Swimming 1,000 Miles, and More

Join us on National Geographic Weekend, as we run 140 mile races up and down mountains, conserve Nicaraguan sea turtles by hiring the poachers, swim 1,000 miles down the Missouri River, earn dinner by chasing antelope until it drops dead, and understand the Sherpas who make Everest exploration possible.

A New Lake, Renewable Energy, and Cultural Preservation at the Top of the World

Three National Geographic explorers team up for a unique expedition to a region at the crossroads of human survival and changing climate.

Your Questions Answered From the Mountain Top

Recently, National Geographic Facebook fans posted their questions for members of The Mountain Institute’s international expedition to a potentially dangerous new glacial lake in the Himalayas. Listen to their answers from the field and see photos from the spectacular journey.

Expedition to a New Glacial Lake

World-class scientists from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, Japan, the US and Europe are trekking through the Himalayas to exchange knowledge with local people about monitoring and controlling potentially dangerous new glacial lakes.

Woman Climbs 14 Highest Peaks Without Extra Oxygen

Reaching the top of K2 on her fourth attempt, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, a 40-year-old Austrian alpinist who resides in Germany, has become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without using supplementary oxygen, National Geographic confirmed today.