Nepal, Bangladesh joint expedition to scale virgin peak

The expedition is expected to reach atop the virgin peak within next 2 week.

Kathmandu: A 17-member team of Nepali and Bangladeshi mountaineers will attempt to scale 6,257 metre Mt Chekigo, a previously unconquered peak in Nepal.

The team comprising seven Nepali and six Bangladeshi mountaineers will head towards the base camp of the peak tomorrow, according to Nepal Tourism Board.

The expedition is expected to reach atop the virgin peak located in North-east Nepal within next two week.

The peak would be named as Nepal-Bangladesh Friendship peak if the successfully scale the unclaimed or virgin peak.

Second Secretary at the Embassy of Bangladesh, Kathmandu, Nasrin Jahan Lipi termed the joint expedition as a `symbol of friendship` between the two countries.

The joint expedition will contribute to promoting mountain tourism in the country, said Jimba Jangbo Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Team leader of Bangladeshi team Abdul Mohit expressed confidence that the joint expedition would be successful in fulfilling its aim and it would help enhance friendly relations existing between the two countries.

Chief of the Nepali team Pemba Dorjee said the expedition would help make the Nepal Tourism Year - 2011 a success by attracting a large number of Bangladeshi tourists to Nepal.

Executive chief of the Nepal Tourism Board Prachanda Man Shrestha said foreign tourists are getting lured to mountain tourism day by day.

The joint expedition comprises a total of five women- three Nepali and two Bangladeshi.

The mountain has not been formally named as no one has successfully scaled it. Five previous attempts have been made by European trekkers, the latest in 2009 by a Norwegian team, but all have failed due to technical difficulties.