Kathmandu - A
South African who attempted to climb Mount Everest without permission
has been arrested in Nepal where he faces a $22 000 fine - double the
cost of the permit he was trying to avoid.
Ryan Sean Davy handed himself in to authorities in Kathmandu on
Tuesday after being caught last week hiding in a cave near Everest's
base camp without a permit.
The 43-year-old began swearing and threatening officials from the
tourism department during questioning and was arrested under Nepal's
strict public order laws, Tourist Police Inspector Tulasha Khatiwada
He is now in custody and will appear in court next week to face
charges related to his Everest attempt and possible additional offences
over his conduct during the investigation.
"He will be fined and deported as per the Tourism Act of Nepal. He
may face further penalty for misbehaving with the police," director of
the tourism department Dinesh Bhattarai told AFP.
Foreigners have to pay the Nepal government $11 000 for permission to
climb the 8 848m (29,029-foot) peak - a major earner for the
Under Nepali law, climbers caught without the mandatory permit are fined $22 000.
Davy could also be blacklisted from the Himalayan nation for five
years, or face a 10-year climbing ban when he appears in court next
The South African - who describes himself on social media as a film
director and producer - was caught a short distance from Everest base
camp and was ordered off the mountain.
He had pitched a tent away from the other climbers to try and dodge government officials who monitor all Everest ascents.
He told officials he had climbed alone as far as camp two - at 6 400
metres - to acclimatise in preparation for a solo summit bid.
His antics have angered many in the close-knit climbing community,
who say the South African would have put himself and others in danger if
he had attempted to reach the summit alone.
"He did not have any agency to look out for him or call for rescue if
anything happened. Other teams would have to come to his rescue, and
would be exposed to unnecessary dangers," said Ang Tsering Sherpa, head
of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
"The system of permits and guides is there for a reason."
Davy was caught not far from where more than 1 000 mountaineers and
support staff have gathered for the busy spring climbing season.