Mountaineering mainstay for livelihood

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Solukhumbu, Dec. 22: One can reach high-altitude Syangboche Airport after ascending a steeply way from Namche Bazaar, known as entry door to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

Likewise, visitors can reach the Khumjung Valley from Syangboche after enjoying sight-seeing of Nepal’s only Yak Development Farm.

Khumjung Valley, Khunde and Forche are the places widely known for their aesthetic and incredible scenic beauty. The joy one can feel from viewing panorama of snow-capped mountains from the Valley is inexplicable.

Khumjung is seen well-embellished with the garland of whitish snowcap. It seems as if the nature-gifted Khumjung is eternally sitting with snow shade over its tip. What a mind-blowing and heart-relieving architect of the nature! Really unbelievable.

‘It attracts me like I wish to bring this heavenly piece of nature to my country if it seems feasible’, said Pavion, an Israeli tourist who was found taking joy in and around Khumjung area.

Like Khunjung, the local youths here do not get time to fix themselves in a place. They are obliged to scale the highest peak of Mount Everest many times. More than 150 local youths have ascended the glorious summit even at their early age. Mountaineering is the mainstay of the people here.

Since mountaineering is the main source to eke out livelihood here, most of the locals do not take it an one-time job during life.

Mostly women in Khumjung seem to be involved in hotel business while men here are serving gtheir duty as a passionate mountaineer. Most of the people here have climbed all 8,000-meter high mountains of Nepal.

‘Getting engaged in mountaineering is our compulsion than interest. Who else cherish interest to go atop the mountainous peak putting one’s life at stake?’, said Jangbuserab Sherpa, a mountaineer.

Some of the mountaineers here have also set world record in climbing the high-altitude mountains, giving country a chance to take glory in mountaineering.

Local Sherpas have reached various rich countries including U.S., Japan, Germany and UK with the help of foreigners coming to ascend to high summits here. However they are not content with what they have now in foreign land. Still they want Nepali government to create an environment where mountaineer could make their life dignified with their profession,

They expressed their complaints that the government has failed to provide them with proper facilities to encourage to get engaged in the adventurous job and keep the image of the country high.

‘I feel ashamed when I see Nepal government felicitating foreign mountaineers and ignoring Nepali climbers’, said mountaineer Dima Sherpa, who has already reached atop four highest peaks of Nepal. RSS

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