Kathmandu: For the first time, the Nepali team of the Survey Department reached atop Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha), Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to measure its height.
On their return from the Everest, Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal welcomed the team led by survey officer Khimlal Guatam.
Minister Aryal on the occasion said that this was the first time that Nepal was able to measure the height of Everest with its own resources.
The survey team that headed for Everest from Kathmandu Wednesday, April 10,2019 included survey officers Rabin Karki, surveyor Suraj Singh Bhandari and Amin Yub Raj Dhital, besides team leader Gautam.
Officers, Bhandari and Dhital stayed at the base camp to maintain constant communication, while Karki and Gautam scaled Sagarmatha with Sherpa guides to measure the height.
“It is very risky and troublesome to measure Sagarmatha from the apex,” said team leader Gautam. He further said that they had spent one and 16 minutes on the top of Sagarmatha for measurement.
Nepal’s Survey Department had entered into a mutual agreement with a California based Trimble Company to embark upon the assignment of Everest height measurement.
Chhiring Jangbabu Sherpa and Pema Dingma Sherpa of Peak Promotion Private limited supported the technical survey team to reach atop Sagarmatha, while Angbabu Sherpa, Ang Pasang Sherpa and Keshab Paudel managed the whole event said the official sources.
Sagarmatha Measurement and Outcome
- In 2005, China’s National Bureau of Survey and Mapping showed 8844. 43 meters.
- In 2000, the American Team showed 8850 meters.
- In 1992, the Italian Team showed 8848.64 meters.
- In 1974, the Chinese Team showed 8848.13 meters.
- In 1954, Survey of India showed 8848 meters.
- In 1849, the British Survey of India showed 8840.50 meters.
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