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‘Official height measurement of Mt. Everest would come within the next six months’

KATHMANDU: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal on Friday congratulated the members of the survey team for making successful ascent of Mt. Everest for measuring its height.
Welcoming the members of the expedition team, who scaled the highest peak as a part of measuring the height, Minister Aryal said that the measuring the height of Mt. Everest officially by the government for the first time by its own resources was a matter of pride for the country.
Chief Survey Officer Khimlal Gautam and surveyor Rabin Karki reached atop Mt Everest on May 22 at 3:00 am and collected data from the receiver of GNSS staying atop the peak for about one hour 16 minutes.
The team of surveyors had returned to Kathmandu from Mt. Everest on Thursday.
Earlier, the measurement of the height of Mt. Everest was not carried out by the government; therefore, the maiden effort is the matter of pride for all Nepali people, Minister Aryal said.
She said that after the collection of data from the Global Navigation Setline System (GNSS) at Everest Summit, the survey team will continue its remaining technical tasks of the height measurement endeavor.
She said that the final result of the official height measurement of Mt.Everest would come within the next six months.
On the occasion, Minister Aryal offered garland to welcome and congratulate the surveyors’ team and provided sweets to share the happiness of the major achievement in the endeavor of measuring Everest height.
Secretary at the Ministry Gopinath Mainali and Director General at the Department of Survey, among others were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had bid farewell to the surveyors’ team from Kathmandu on April 10 while Minister Aryal had bid farewell to the team from the Everest Base Camp on May 11.
Sharing their experience of the Everest ascent, chief surveyor Gautam said that they had been able to complete the task provided by the state facing harsh and difficult time in Everest.
“To make the observation of data on GNSS we spent one hour and 16 minutes in the summit which was a very challenging and trying time for us,” he said. “We faced extreme difficulty mainly while descending from the summit,” he said.
According to Sherpa guide leader of the survey team Tshering Janbu Sherpa, the team faced difficulties due to exhaust of oxygen of one member.
If the rescue was not made in time, a member could have lost his life during descent, he added.
Meanwhile, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT) around 50 climbers reached atop Mt. Everest on Friday.
Meera Acharya, director at the DoT, said that around 550 climbers reached the Everest Summit this season so far. She said that two human causalities- one in Everest and another in Makalu were reported on Friday.
Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer of the government at the Everest Base Camp, said that less than 100 climbers were there in Everest region to make a final push towards the highest peak of the world.
He said that four Indians and one each from Nepal, Ireland and US had died while making their attempts to scale the highest peak this season so far.

(Nepal government  members of the expedition team, who scaled the highest peak as a part of the team who measured the height, established Mt Everest measurement system in Everest Base camp. Photo: Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa)

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