Kathmandu: Nepal on Sunday observed the
International Everest Day by unveiling the pictures of Edmund
Hillary and Tenzing Norgey, the first persons to scale Mt
Everest in a park here.
Today is the 58th anniversary of the conquest of Everest,
the highest peak in the world (8848 metre) by Hillary and
Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
Dr Ganesh Raj Joshi unveiled the monuments of Hillary and
Tenzing in International Mountaineering Memorial Park situated
in Kakani hill station, 35 km west of Kathmandu amidst a
The monuments include pictures of the legendary
mountaineers and a stone inscription of their brief
introduction and contributions.
Joshi said that the memorial park will be developed as
one of the popular tourist destinations in Nepal to promote
Hillary and Tenzing have helped to popularise Nepal in
international arena, he pointed out.
The mountaineering park was established to honour
international mountaineers and their contribution to mountain
tourism, Jimba Jangbu Sherpa, president of Nepal
Mountaineering Association said.
The park will serve as a popular picnic spot,
mountaineering training centre and study centre, he added.
A climbing wall and trekking trail have been built in the
area to promote trekking and mountaineering.
Since 1953 nearly 4,000 climbers have scaled the Everest
for 5,700 times.
In this spring only 428 people have scaled the Everest
from both Tibetan and Nepalese side.