KATHMANDU, Nepal- The Sikkim estate government of India has announced a prestigious Khel Ratna Award with purse amount of Indian rupees one million to each of three Everest summitters including two Nepali speaking climbers.
The estate government has decided to award the climbers after ‘the trio raised pride of Sikkim conquering the roof of the world on May 2013’.
Nepali language speakers Anand Gurung and Kaji Sherpa along with another Rabindra Kumar will receive rupees 10 Lakh each in award as the trio becomes infamous among the Sikkimis thus climbing the Everest, reported the Himalaya Darpan, a Nepali vernacular being published from Silgudi, India.
While Gurung had reached the top of the world on May 17, Sherpa had made the successful ascent on 18 and Kumar on 19 of the month.
The trio was assured of award during their post-ascent meeting with the chief-minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling in June.
The climbers will be gratified with the award amidst the Republic Day ceremony on January 26, 2014, states the release issued by Information and Public Relations Department of the Sikkim Estate government.