Expedition leader Tashi Lakpa Sherpa speaking during press meet in Kathmandu
Kathmandu: Four veteran Sherpa climbers are about to venture for the extreme attempt of Mt. Everest in just five days (the shortest time) to create a Guinness World Record in this winter season.
In a press meet held in Kathmandu on Monday, Sherpa climbers disclosed about their “Breathless winter Everest Speed Expedition” and said that this attempt will not only be significant for the climbers in Nepal but will also be the world record for the climbers to attempt the Everest in the shortest time.
Similar attempts were made during the winter season in 1980 and 1993 by foreign climbers, by taking a longer period of two months, whereas this time the Sherpa climbers are attempting this Mt Everest in just five days.
The Everest expedition will be led by the veteran climber and tourism entrepreneur Tashi Lakpa Sherpa and other climbing team members include Mingtemba Sherpa, Pasang Norbu Sherpa, and Halungdorchi Sherpa. All four climbers come from Nepal’s Sankhuwasabha Rural Municipality.
Expedition team members
Winter season is usually off-season for climbers and it is too risky to take up any expedition in this offseason, yet the four Sherpa climbers have vowed to prove their climbing caliber by attempting the Everest in this winter season, said the press statement distributed in the press meet.
The expedition team leader Tashi Lakpa Sherpa has already attempted Mt Everest eight times and plans to create another world record by climbing Mt Everest without using oxygen in this winter season.
The expedition team has plans to reach atop Mt Everest on February 29 and the team has already headed towards Everest Base Camp today.
Speaking during the same program Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) chairman Khum Bahadur Subedi and Santabir Lama, chairman of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) wished for the climbers’ successful expedition.
Similarly, Tourism Department Director Mira Acharya also wished for the climbers’ success, while Bacchu Narayan the secretary of Visit Nepal 2020 secretariat handed over the flag of Visit Nepal 2020 to the Sherpa climbers on the occasion as the expedition is aimed at promoting Visit Nepal 2020 campaign too.