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Nepal introduces ID cards for all Everest summiteers

Nepal on Tuesday launched a new system of providing identity cards to all summiteers of Mount Everest. The first batch of identity cards were distributed to famous Sherpa mountaineers, without whose help scaling Mt. Everest has become virtually impossible, reported Xinhua. ‘We want that all Everest summiteers, irrespective of their nationalities, live a dignified life and that you will be known for your bravery in your neighborhood and society. This purpose will be served by the identity cards,’ said Tourism Secretary of Nepal Sushil Ghimire.

Ghimire was addressing a special function organized to mark the 60th anniversary of man’s first footsteps on Mt Everest on 29 May, 1953, when New Zealand’s Admund Hillary and Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay scaled the world’s highest peak. On the occasion, the prestigious Tenzing-Hillary Mountaineering Award was given away to the Everest Summiteers’ Association of Nepal for its outstanding work in the Himalayas, especially related to environmental protection and rescue and welfare of the mountaineers.
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