Everest Day 2018 (Photo Feature)

30th May, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: The International Sagarmatha Day main celebrations committee awarded various people and organisations having contributions to the mountaineering sector amidst a programme here Tuesday.

Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association was awarded the 'National Sagarmatha Prize' carrying a purse of Rs 100,000 while the 'Tenzing Hillary Award' carrying a purse of Rs 500,000 each was presented to professional climber Kami Rita Sherpa who holds record for the most ascents to the world's highest peak. The 48-year-old Sherpa guide reached on the top of the world's highest peak for the 22nd time recently.

Lhakpa Sherpa, female climber who makes the record for the most ascents to the Everest (women category), and captain Siddartha Gurung of Simrik Air Pvt Ltd who has long years' experience in flying in the mountainous terrain and has contributions to saving lives of many locals and foreign tourists in the Himalayas, are also the winners of the award.

The International Sagarmatha Day is observed on May 29 to mark the first successful ascent of Mt Everest by a New Zealand citizen Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Norgey Sherpa, a Nepali, on May 29, 1953. The Day is being celebrated following the demise of Hillary on January 11, 2008.