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First ascent of Mariyang Mountain in Upper Dolpa

Kathmandu. For the first time, a Korean climbing team has successfully climbed Mariyang Mountain in Upper Dolpa. Seven climbers from the Korean Alpine Rescue Association and a Nepali Sherpa guide successfully climbed the 6,528-meter-high mountain on October 10.

Earlier, the Japanese team had tried to climb the mountain once but it was not successful. A team led by Eun Soo, vice-president of the association, returned to Kathmandu after a successful ascent in 32 days.

According to team leader Soka, it was difficult to find the caravan route and base camp as there was no mountain to climb till today. “It took us 15 days to reach the base camp from Kathmandu,” he said. He said that the road to the base camp of Himal was very difficult and long but it was beautiful.

“We would like to thank all of us for the successful ascent of Mariyang Mountain with the help of our Korean friends and our Nepali friends,” he said. The successful climbers included Soko, Lee Myung-hee, Lim Jong Hei, Jong Jye-gyun, Yom Techui, Jung Jie Jin, Bek Jongmin, and Nepali guide Wangchu Sherpa.

The trek was managed by Trekking Camp Nepal. The Korean climbers were presented with a letter of commendation from the NMA and a traditional Nepali hat -Dhaka hat.

According to those involved in mountaineering, Nepali mountaineering can attract international attention if the first such climbing programs can be run as a campaign as there are many such unclimbed mountains in Nepal. Moreover, the mountains of Karnali and the far western states have been climbed very seldom.

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