THREE Myanmar climbers will climb Mount Everest, the earth’s highest mountain, located in the Mahalangur Mountain Range in Nepal and Tibet, later this month.
Nyi Nyi Aung, Win Ko Ko and Pyae Phyo Aung, the selected members of the Technical Climbing Club of Myanmar, left Yangon for Nepal on Saturday in order to climb the world’s tallest peak at 8,848 meters above sea level.
Normally, the climb to the top of Mt Everest is expected to take more than two months.
“This is our first attempt to go to the top of the snow-capped Mt Everest. We plan to start climbing on 29 March. We will be joined by three Brazilian climbers in Nepal, and we expect to wrap up the expedition between 1 and 3 June,” Nyi Nyi Aung said.
The expedition is sponsored by the Htoo Foundation.
“Our support is aimed at raising the Myanmar flag on the peak of Mt Everest,” said U Paw Myint Oo, chief executive officer of the Htoo Foundation.
Since 2011, the Technical Climbing Club of Myanmar, one of five active Myanmar climbing organisations, was established to empower local climbers.
The first recorded efforts to reach Everest’s summit were made by British mountaineers.
There are two main climbing routes—one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal and the other from the north in Tibet. There have been 5,104 ascents to the summit by about 3,142 individuals as of the end of the 2010 climbing season.