As part of marking the 50th
anniversary of the first human ascent of the world’s third tallest peak Mt.
Kangchenjunga, renowned British climber Mr. George Band, the first summiteers
of Mt. Kangchenjunga, arrived in Kathmandu
The 76-year-old climber wants
to trek to the base camp of the 8,586-metre peak situated in northeast Nepal.
“I am still strong enough to go for trekking,” said the famous climber while
talking to journalists at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) upon his
Shedding light on the
importance of the Kangchenjunga Golden Jubilee event, Mr. Band said that the
event would be of great significance for the promotion of tourism. “Nepal is a
safe destination for foreign tourists,” he said.
Mr. Band had climbed the peak
in 1955. To commemorate the historic event, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism
and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) are
organising the Golden Jubilee celebrations from May 23-25 this year.
Mr. Band is scheduled to
leave for Kangchenjunga base camp on April 30. His wife Mrs. He will be
accompanied by his wife Susan and 12 British trekkers. This is his tenth visit
to this Himalayan Kingdom.
For the first time, he had
attempted to climb Mt. Everest in 1953.
At the airport, he was
welcomed by NMA President Ang Tshering Sherpa and chairman of Himalayan
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