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May 29, 2023

International Sagarmatha Day being observed

Kathmandu: Former President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called the attention of the entire body concerned to ensure necessary provisions for the safety of climbers and for maintaining the purity and cleanliness of the mountains.

In her message of best wishes on the occasion of the 16th International Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) Day here today, the former President said Sagarmatha is facing increasing human pressure with the rise of aspiring climbers across the world.

“I hope this day inspires all of us to keep the aesthetic values of the mountains as invaluable natural heritages unspoiled and to protect them and promote the cleanliness of mountains through environment conservation, in collaboration with the world community. Mountains are experiencing direct impacts of climate change. Increasing snow melting due to a global temperature rise has turned mountains into ‘black rocks’. The risk for glacier outbursts is high. The change in rainfall pattern, the cases of downpours, reduced rainfall, landslides, and floods are the consequences of climate change,” the former head of the state mentioned in the message.

Stating that the historic and maiden ascent of the world’s highest peak had set the ground for earning Nepal global recognition as the ‘country of Sagarmatha’, she said since then, the peak has been a major destination for adventurous tourism, contributing to the promotion of domestic tourism industry as well.

Remembering the first Nepali female Sagarmatha climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the former President extended best wishes to climbers Kami Rita Sherpa, Hari Bahadur Budha Magar, and others who have set records in climbing history.

It may be noted that the 29th of May each year is observed as the International Sagarmatha Day since May 27, 2007, in commemoration of the first human ascent of the peak on May 29, 1953, by Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary. Seventy years have been completed today since the historic expedition to the world’s highest mountain.

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