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THT 10 years ago: Appa to scale kin hurdle before Everest

  

DIKSHYA THAKURI

Appa Sherpa, the only human to conquer Mt Everest 12 times — a world record, is considering to climb the highest peak again, pending approval from his family. “I’m keen to climb the peak to mark the 50th anniversary of the first historical ascent of Everest. That is why I’m trying my best to convince my family,” said Sherpa talking to The Himalayan Times. He admits there is tremendous family pressure as they do not want him take more risks. “If I die, who will take care of my children?” says 41-year-old Sherpa, a father of four. “Seeing the pain and sufferings of the families of mountaineers who have laid down their lives in the mountains, my wife and parents are worried that they might have to undergo a similar fate in case of a mishap,” he explained. The reason for their concern is genuine because the government has failed to provide compensation for the families of late mountaineers. “I wonder if the family of late Babu Chhiri is receiving Rs10,000 per month as promised by the government,” said Appa. He also cites his own case — he is yet to receive the cash prize of Rs 500,000 from the government, which had announced the prize following his record-breaking 12th Everest-scaling. “Nine months have passed since the announcement but I am yet to receive the amount,” Sherpa said.

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