Reality of Mt. Everest

Mt.Everest. File photo
Mt.Everest. File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal- It is already the 60 years, since the first human step atop the world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest. In this long six decades many national and international mountaineers have successfully climbed the peak with records on different titles and situations. And they have played a remarkable role to promote Nepal and its Himalayas to the rest of the world.

However, lately, there are debates on the authenticity of the name Everest. Experts say, that Ranas, the dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Nepal from 1846 until 1951, reducing the Shah monarch to a figurehead and making Prime Minister and other government positions hereditary, have called a British architect named Sir George Everest, who declared the peak as highest in the world after measuring its height and named the peak after him as Mount Everest.

Later on Baburam Acharya, a Nepali historiographer, has named the peak in Nepali as Sagarmatha. Now the Everest has different historical and mythological names likes Nagadhiraj, BhitiGuti Napulongma, Chomolungma or Qomolangma in Chinese Tibetan language.

There are altogether eight peaks above 8000 meters in Nepal among 14 of such in the world. And all of them are named under different mythological and historical bases.

It is no doubt that the main attraction of Nepali tourism is mountaineering tourism. But, despite the fact, meaningful publicity has not been done ye. Due to which the value and attraction towards the mountaineering tourism has been decreasing, according to the tourism experts.

In the words of Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN (Tourism Agents’ Association of Nepal), “We should work to improve our impression as the mountainous country and to attract more tourists”.


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