71st International Everest Day being celebrated with special programs

Published On: May 29, 2024 11:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

PM Dahal extends best wishes, calls for cooperation to keep mountains pollution free

KATHMANDU, May 29: The 71st International Everest Day is being celebrated today with various special programs.

Following the government's decision to commemorate May 29 each year as International Everest Day, marking the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, today is being celebrated as Everest International Special Day.

It has been 71 years since Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary first reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.

To honor this historic achievement, the main organizing committee has organized a formal program to recognize record-holding climbers and their support teams. Since the first ascent, over 8,000 people have successfully climbed Mount Everest.

According to the Department of Tourism, 424 people have received permits to climb Everest this season, with more than 600 climbers, including Sherpas, reaching the summit. Notably, Kami Rita Sherpa has set a world record by climbing Mount Everest 30 times.

Additionally, climber Purnima Shrestha has set a new record by summiting three times in a single season, and she also holds the record as the first woman to climb Mount Everest in approximately 15 hours.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal extended his best wishes on the occasion. He expressed hope that Everest Day will attract adventure tourists from around the world to Nepal.

Prime Minister Dahal highlighted the impacts of global climate change on Everest and other mountains, stressing the need for cooperation and coordination to keep the mountains pollution-free and to manage the challenges posed by climate change and mountain waste.

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