Nepali women vies for new world record

20:55, June 25, 2010      

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A team of nine Nepali women, which has successfully summitted world's highest peak Mt. Qomolangma (Everest), is attempting to scale seven of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

The team of young Nepali women, comprising women from six different districts and ethnic groups of Nepal, announced the ambition journey at a press conference in the capital Kathmandu on Friday.

These young women, who conquered Mt. Qomolangma on May, 2008, are again set to conquer seven more mountains from seven continents vying for yet another world record.

The first team of women atop Mt. Qomolangma has termed their project "Everest women 7 summits eco-action", the first international leg of a mission to climb seven highest peaks on each of seven continents, the team informed media amid a press conference organized in Kathmandu prior to their mission.

Marking the golden jubilee anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Australia, the mission kick-starts in Australia on June 29. The team will make their way to Sydney and travel down through the south coast of New South Wales and then up to the alpine region, to climb Mt Kosciuszko/ Targangil in early July. The team expects to finish the expedition by the end of 2011.

"We will be meeting with schools, environment groups, famous climbers, environmentalists and scientists during the tour, as well as speak at several public events in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, the team mentioned in a release.

The team has also set their mission theme entitled "Education for Action".

According to the organizers, the Australian part of the project "Everest women 7 summits eco-expedition" is carbon neutral. "We are focusing on solar lanterns, bio-gas, and tree plantations in the Himalayan villages to offset the carbon emission, said Sailee Basnet, team leader of the summiteers. She also added that the cost of the expedition is around 1.3 million U.S. dollars.

Prior to their departure, Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav will hand-over national flag to the team on Sunday.

The mission is supported by the Nepali government together with Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Airlines Corporation, The North Face, The Crossing Land Education Trust (Australia), Outdoor Education Group (Australia), Nepal Tourism Board, and "Be Vegan, Go Green-Save the Planet" campaign.

Source: Xinhua


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