HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KAKANI: The youngest climber to scale Mount Everest, Ming Kipa Sherpa, had no intention to rewrite the world record, said her sister Lakpa Sherpa, who is the first woman to conquer the highest peak three times. “Since my brother and I were going up in the expedition, she wanted to join us. So we took her along,” Lakpa, who had scaled the mountain in 2000 and 2001, told The Himalayan Times here today. “We only came to know that my sister had created history when people told us, upon reaching the Base Camp.” Fifteen years and nine months old Ming Kipa, along with her bother Mingma Gelu, 24, and sister Lakpa, 30, conquered the Everest on May 22, from the north face. With the ascent, Ming Kipa surpassed Temba Chiri Sherpa’s feat who at 16 years and 17 days had reached the highest peak. The sisters, who have separate world records to their names, hail from Khandbari VDC-5, Sankhuwasabha. “The climb was difficult,” recalled Ming Kipa, who speaks a little Nepali and has attended school till class three. She also said she has no immediate plan to climb the mountain again, adding: “I want to share my experience with girls of my age, and teach them climbing skills.” “She felt scared when she saw dead bodies on the way to the top. But I told her not to worry,” Lakpa said. “We saw at least ten dead bodies covered in snow.” Ming Kipa had taken a basic climbing training at the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Lakpa said. “Besides, we are people who grew up by the mountains. And when you have your brother and sister by your side, things become all the more easier, don’t they?”
Summiteers differ on curbs on climbing Everest
KATHMANDU/KAKANI: Alan Hinkes, who has climbed 128,000-metre peaks, today differed with Sir Edmund Hillary’s stand urging the Nepal government to restrict the number of people climbing Mount Everest. Hinks said Nepal should not restrict the flow of mountaineers to Mt Everest. “Not only Everest, Mt Blanc, which gets up to 1,700 climbers a day, or any other mountain in England or elsewhere, is seldom free,” he told The Himalayan Times on behalf of the summiteers. “Like in the past, one just can’t wish to climb a mountain without meeting others while doing so,” Hinks said. However, if one is looking out for adventure or wants to climb moutnains without meeting a crowd, then Kanchenjunga and Manaslu are still relatively free, he added. Sir EdmundHillary today, however, joined a growing chorus of alpinists who have called on the Nepal government to impose restrictions.