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Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Japanese mountaineer Nobukazu Kuriki is heading up Everest. This week he became the first person granted a permit to climb the mountain since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated much of Nepal in April.

After four attempts, Kuriki hopes to reach the top. He also says he hopes to send a message that the mountain is safe for climbers.

Seven-time summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever. He speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young.

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This segment aired on August 26, 2015.

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