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June 3: Important Day for Mountain Climbing

  • By: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Mon Jun 3, 2024
Important Day for Mountain Climbing

Only 407 people have climbed Annapurna-I in the last 74 years. This mountain is known as the "eldest mountain of climbing."

74 years ago, on June 3, 1950, Maurice Herzog from France and his companion Louis Lachenal were the first to climb Annapurna-I. This mountain is 8,091 meters high. Their success started the trend of climbing other 8,000-meter-high mountains. That's why June 3 is seen as the starting point of adventure climbing.

Manshant Ghimire from the Nepal Mountaineering Association says, "Herzog climbed Annapurna when no one had climbed a mountain above 8,000 meters. This was the start of modern mountaineering."

Three years after Herzog, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

Even though Annapurna is the oldest climbed mountain, it is not very popular. By 2023, only 407 people have climbed it. This number is much lower compared to other mountains. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world, but it is known as a dangerous mountain. Sheshkant Sharma from the Nepal Mountaineering Association says, "For every 100 people who try, 33 die. Only very brave climbers attempt it."

Annapurna is more dangerous because climbers must prepare their own ropes. Unlike Mount Everest, there are no ropes already set up. This makes it difficult and expensive, so many climbers avoid it.

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Annapurna Climbing Commemoration Day

June 3 is celebrated as Annapurna Day to remember the first climb. Various events are held in Gandaki Province of Nepal on this day.

The day before Annapurna Day, ambassadors from nine countries walked from Dhampus to Astam. This event was organized by the Nepal Tourism Board. Ambassadors from the USA, UK, India, China, Israel, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, and Malaysia participated, along with embassy officials and diplomats.

In Kaski, locals hold a marathon from Annapurna Base Camp to Ghandruk. The Annapurna Century Tourism Committee organizes this marathon.

Annapurna Rural Municipality named a footpath to Annapurna Base Camp as the "Maurice Herzog Trail." There are two municipalities named after Annapurna in Gandaki Province.

  • By: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Monday Jun 3, 2024

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Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

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