Kathmandu: Annapurna Expedition Day is being observed today to mark the first ascent of Mt Annapurna, 68 years ago.
June 3, 1950 was the first time in the history of mountaineering when French nationals Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal had scaled Mt Annapurna (8,091 m). This historical event totally revolutionized the world of mountaineering in Nepal.
Just after three years later on May 29, 1953, the highest peak of the world Mt Everest was conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey. So, the Annapurna Expedition Day is observed with greater significance in every year on June 3.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) supported by Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) are observing this day by organizing various programs in their respective sectors and regions.
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