Nishat 1st Bangladeshi woman to climb Everest
Last Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 21:57
  
Dhaka: A 31-year old government official on Saturday earned the repute of being the first Bangladeshi woman to climb atop the world's highest peak, the Mount Everest.

"Nishat Majumdar hoisted the Bangladesh flag at the Everest peak this morning... She was accompanied by M A Muhith" who scaled the peak second time in two years, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Majumdar, 31, an accounts officer of the state-run Dhaka Water and Sewerage Supply Authority (WASA), climbed the Everest two years after Musa Ibrahim conquered the Everest as the first Bangladeshi mountaineer.

Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) officials said Muhith and Majumdar set their feet on Everest's 8,850- metre-high summit from the northern side of the mountain in Nepal at 9.30 am Bangladesh time.

Plan Bangladesh, an NGO that sponsored Majumdar's trekking, in a statement said her scaling effort was dedicated to the Plan Bangladesh's global campaign-- "Because I am a Girl" to be launched officially around the world on the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11.

BMTC founder Inam-al Haque said Majumder was also the first Bangladeshi woman to have conquered three Himalayan peaks higher than 6,000 metres.

She conquered Himalaya's Mera Peak (6,653.78 metres) in 2007, Singchuli Peak (6,501 metres) in 2008 and Makalu Peak (8,493.3 metres) in 2009.

WASA officials said Majumder is an accounts officer of the state-run utility service and the second child of her parents.

Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer the Mount Everest on May 23, 2010 was followed by Muhith months later. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Majumder on her success.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 21:55


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