A group of Korean climbers has successfully made the first ever ascent of 6,528-metre peak in the far western Nepal.

According to Wangchhu Sherpa, managing director at Trekking Camp Nepal Pvt Ltd, seven Korean climbers along with a Sherpa guide stood atop Meriyang peak on October 9 and 10.

Jung Jae Jin, Baek Jongmin and Ongchhu Sherpa reached the summit point on October 9, while Koo Eun Soo, Lee Myeong Hyi, Eom Techul, Lim Jeong Heui and Joung Je Gyun scaled the peak the next day.

"They were part of 'Korea Alpine Rescue Association World First Summit Expedition of Mariyang Peak' handled by Trekking Camp Nepal," Sherpa said. The team began its climbing activities by setting the base camp on September 27, he added.

Director General at the Department of Tourism (DoT) Taranath Adhikari said that it's the very first team which climbed Meriyang after the government opened the peak for climbing in 2014. The team arrived in Kathmandu yesterday.

Amidst a function in capital today, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) also felicitated the record-holding climbers for their successful ascent of Meriyang peak. Former minister Kripasur Sherpa, DoT's DG Adhikari, NMA President Santa Bir Lama, Board Member of Nepal Tourism Board Nwag Nima Sherpa, owner of Altitude Air Nima Nuru Sherpa and representatives from Grande Hospital were also present at the event.

Roh Ick Song, president of Korea Alpine Rescue Association, said that they chose Meriyang peak for climbing to promote mountaineering in remote areas of the country.

NMA President Lama said that running expeditions on 'virgin' peaks would help to explore the new adventure opportunities for the world climbers in Nepal's Himalayan regions.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 28, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.