Kathmandu, April 17:

An eight-member team of the Democratic Everest Expedition (DEE), a non-political expedition team, is all set to place the photos of Jana Andolan II martyrs atop the Mt Everest to honour them.

The team is going to start the scale of the highest mountain from tomorrow “to wish for eternal peace of the Jana Andolan-II martyrs.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prithvi Subba Gurung today hand over a national flag to Ang Rita Sherpa, also known as Snow Leopard who has conquered Mt Everest 10 times without oxygen.

Addressing a press conference on the formal farewell programme organised by the DEE, Gurung said: “The Sherpas have always made us proud in the world. The government should respect the contribution of Sherpas in continuing the prestige of Nepal.”

Edward Wayne, director of the Bridge of Life Foundation of the USA, said: “The road to democracy in Nepal is like the road to Mt Everest — full of obstacles and extreme happiness after conquering the summit.”

Anil Dhungel of the Everest Insurance Company said that the expedition is an honour to the martyrs who sacrificed their life for the country.

DEE president Ang Ngima Sherpa said: “This expedition is organised for the eternal peace of the martyrs of the Jana Andolan-II.”

The expedition would hoist the flags of the eight political parties, place the photos of the Jana Andolan-II martyrs and release three music albums atop the Everest.

The team is all set to make a musical film atop the Mt Everest, which would be showed around the world to establish a fund for welfare programmes for the families of the martyrs.

Documentary on Sherpas

KATHMANDU: Two world-record-holder mountaineers Apa Sherpa and Lakpa Gelu Sherpa have decided to film the problems faced by Nepali Sherpa mountaineers during and after their expeditions to the Everest in their Super Sherpa Everest Expedition-2007, which will start on April 19. Apa Sherpa, who scaled the summit for the highest number of times (16 times) and Lakpa Gelu Sherpa who scaled the highest peak in the shortest time (10 hours 56 minutes), said at a press meet on Tuesday that the expedition was all for the economic and social development of the country.

They said, 25 per cent of the income from the documentary that would be released worldwide would be donated for the education and health facilities in the remote parts of the country. — HNS