Five female journalists of Nepal to climb world's highest peak

18th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Apr 18 : Five female journalists of Nepal have left Wednesday morning for climbing the world's highest peak Mt. Everest this spring season.

The team "First Women Journalists Everest Expedition 2018" is climbing the 8,848 meters high peak under the slogan "Unified Voice for Equity" later on May.

The expedition is being conducted by a group of five women working under different Nepali media organizations. The team comprises of Nepal Television's Rojita Buddhacharya, National News Agency's Rosha Basnet, News 24 Television's Priya Laxmi Karki, Megha Television's Kalpana Maharjan, and a freelancer Deurali Chamling.

"We have aimed at reaching the top of the world together with an objective to raise awareness for the equality, to inspire women and youths and to promote the tourism of Himalayan country," the youngest team member Rojita Buddhacharya told Xinhua in the sidelines of the press meet organized in Kathmandu last week.

Coming from the diverse backgrounds and different parts of the Himalayan country, the journalists have come together to share the news stories directly from around the roof of the world.

"Instead of pen, this time we will be using ice axe to share the news stories to general public," team member Rosha Basnet told Xinhua.

According to the team members, they will also conduct the live streaming of their journey from base camp to the top of Mt. Everest. They have been supported by state-run Nepal television under Ministry of Information and Communication for the live telecast.

The young journalists informed that the team has left no stone unturned to prepare themselves in every possible way to climb Mt. Everest, where 536 women from across the world have already reached till 2017.

Spring season is the peak time when the mountaineers and trekkers from around the world along with strong Sherpa guides gather in the Khumbu region, sometimes even causing a traffic jam in Mt. Everest.

For foreigners, Nepal's Tourism Department takes 11,000 U.S. dollars royalty for the Mt. Everest expedition while for Nepali individuals, the permit costs Rs 75,000.

The expedition of five female journalists is handled by an expedition company Dreamers Destination under the leadership of record holder Mt. Everest summiteer Phurba Tenjing Sherpa.

The total cost for the expedition includes permit and liaison officer fee, equipments, Sherpa guide fee, insurance fee, oxygen bottles, travel, food and accommodation among others.

Among the average 300-400 Mt. Everest climbers getting permits every year, this year around a dozen females from Nepal are climbing the tallest peak on earth.

According to Department of Toursim, a total of 36 teams with 336 mountaineers have been granted the permission to climb Qomolangma this season. The climbers are from China, India, United State, Britain, Norway, Switzerland, Russia and Australia among others.