Couple may have faked Everest climb photos for certification
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 4:24 PM - Authorities are investigating reports a couple faked the photos they used to earn climbing certificates for conquering Mount Everest in May.
According to The Canadian Press the couple, who hails from India, were issued climber's certificates by the Nepal government after submitting photos of themselves atop the 8,850-metre summit.
The pair claims they are the first Indian couple to conquer the mountain -- but witnesses suggest otherwise.
Other climbers say the couple didn't make it to the summit. Climber Satyarup Sidhantha from Bangalore, India says it was his photos that were altered.
Below is a composite showing the original photos (top) and the altered images (bottom):
Photos courtesy of Rajan Pokhrel/Facebook
If the accusations are found to be true, the couple will lose their certificates and be banned from climbing all mountains in Nepal.
They have not commented on the investigation.
Source: The Canadian Press
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