Spanish mountaineer wishes to summit Mt. Qomolangma without oxygen

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Spanish mountaineer Edurne Pasaban wishes to continue her mountaineering career in Nepal, climbing mountains and making new records.

The 36-year-old Pasabana, who is the third Spanish woman to conquer Mt. Qomolangma and also recently conquered all the 14 mountains above 8,000 meters in the world, expressed her willingness to spend her future days in Nepal.

"The best thing Nepal has is their people and then mountains and I love both," said Pasabana, who scaled the world's highest peak in 2001 with oxygen.

Pasabana on Saturday expressed her desire to foot on more mountains and spend more time in Nepal, before she was commended by Nepali Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation for her feat of conquering all the 14 highest mountains.

Pasaban came to Nepal in 1998 to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri when she was only 23 years old, but she could not make it due to heavy snowfall. However, brave and courageous Pasabana did not give up and came back to climb Mt. Qomolangma in 2001.

Pasabana, who is an engineer, wife and mother, is so keen on adventures that she is ready to give up her professional career in engineering and start new work such as conference on motivation, skill development and mountaineering.

Meanwhile, the Nepali government has offered her to be the goodwill ambassador for Nepal's national tourism campaign - Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

As the Nepali government is observing the year of 2011 as a national tourism year to recover its deteriorating economy due to decade-long conflict, it is paying much more attention to adventurous tourism.

During a program organized here in capital Kathmandu Saturday evening to commend Pasaban for summiting all the 14 mountains above 8,000 meters in the world, Laxam Bhattarai, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation announced the offer to the Spanish mountaineer.

"The Nepali government offers her to be the goodwill ambassador for Nepal Tourism Year 2011," Bhattarai said. "We would like to wish her success to hold new world records in the mountaineering field."

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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