On June 4, 2005, Anil Bhattarai
became the first Brahmin to reach the top of Mount Everest with janai (sacred
thread), Geeta (a pious book of Hindus) and betel. Bhattarai, 34, summited
Everest from the North Cole (Tibetan side) with Adventure Peaks expedition
after staying 70 days in base camp.
Bhattarai’s involvement in
trekking dates back almost 15 years and he gives credit to his five brothers
who are all involved in climbing for inspiring him to pursue the sport.
In 2003, Bhattarai climbed
Everest up to 8,500 metres. He attempted to summit again in 2004, but
retreated at 7,900 metres. After Bhattarai’s successful summit this year, his
interest in climbing continues and he said that he would like to climb Everest
from the south side if he is able to obtain a sponsor.
Bhattrai was born in Hangdeva
VDC of Taplejung district in eastern Nepal. There has been international
interest shown to Nepal following Bhattarai’s Everest summit. Minister for
Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Buddhiraj Bajracharya presented a letter
of appreciation and a purse of Rs to Bhattarai and spoke about the positive
impact that Bhattarai’s accomplishment had on tourism in the country.
Peaks confirms the following summits at around 0050hrs on 4th June: Jake
Meyer, Di Gilbert (Diahanne
Gilbert) Leader, Mingma Nuru
Sherpa, and Anil
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