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Nepal honours Tenzing and Hillary

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 13, 2009

Tenzing Norgey Sherpa of Nepal (left) and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand who conquered Mount Everest in 1953, are in this 1953 handout photo. File photo: AP

Tenzing Norgey Sherpa of Nepal (left) and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand who conquered Mount Everest in 1953, are in this 1953 handout photo. File photo: AP

(PTI)Nepal has honoured Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary by installing their statues in order to promote tourism in the country.

The statues of Tenzing Norgey Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary and Boris Lidanevich, a Russian national who made significant contribution to Nepal’s tourism sector by establishing the first tourist hotel, were unveiled by Tourism and Civil Aviation minister Sharat Singh Bhandari and Russian Minister for Culture Tipalov Alexandar.

Sherpa an Indian national and Hillary of New Zealand were the first persons to climb the world’s highest peak.

“Nepal was lagging behind as there was not any significant economic change following the political changes”, Mr. Bhandari said.

The minister also said that government would make efforts to establish direct air service between Nepal and Russia.

The statues were jointly set up by Nepal Tourism Board and Non Resident Nepali (NRN) Association, Russia.

The first human ascent to Mt Everest in May 29, 1953 made Nepal known to the international arena opening the door for tourism in the country.

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2 Responses to “Nepal honours Tenzing and Hillary”

  1. Bishal Kirat Rai said

    Thanks for the photograph.

  2. kamal said

    a lovely nostalgic memoir

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