KATHMANDU, Nepal- Peaks measuring over 8,000 meters have been identified in Nepal. During a meeting of the World Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) held in Switzerland those peaks above 8,000 meters were identified.
Of the newly identified five peaks over 8,000 meters, two-Kanchenjunga Center (8,473 meters) and Kanchenjunga South (8,476 meters) lies on the Nepal-India border.
Likewise, the third, Kanchenjunga West (Yalung Kang- 8,505 meters), lies within Nepal whereas other two- Lhotse Shar (8,400 meters) and Lhotse Middle ( 8,413) are situated on the Nepal-China border.
During the meeting, Nepal also proposed for recognizing the newly identified peaks above 8.000 meter and listing them.
Although the meeting discussed about the proposal floated by Nepal, the proposal could not be endorsed as India and Pakistan did not give consent to it, according to Federation´s honorary member and former Chairman of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Ang Tshering Sherpa. The government of Nepal is in marathon efforts to get the proposal endorsed at any cost.
An upcoming meeting of the Federation going to be held in the United States of America in 2014 AD is likely to endorse the proposal, it is learnt.
A total of 86 countries which are the members of Alpine club are associated with the Federation which is considered as the supreme body for conserving, promoting mountains and formulating policies about mountaineering activities.
An International Mountaineering Conference is scheduled to be held in Nepal next month. The aim of the conference is to convince India and Pakistan to back the proposal, said NMA President Zimba Zangbu Sherpa.
Mountaineering experts believe that Nepal´s image in the international arena will be highlighted if the proposal is accepted.
Among the 14 peaks plus 8,000 meters recognized in the world earlier, eight peaks including the world’s highest peak Mount Everest are in Nepal.