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86-year-old Sherchan to scale Mount Everest

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KATHMANDU — An 86-year-old former Gurkha soldier has announced his plans to climb Mount Everest, seeking to reclaim his record of world’s oldest person to summit the earth’s highest peak.

At a press conference organized by ‘Min Bahadur Everest Expedition’ campaign here Monday, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who hails from Tatopani in Myagdi, shared about his upcoming Everest expedition.

“I may be old in terms of age but I still have young courage. I will reach the peak of Everest come what may,” Sherchan told reporters.

The former British Gurkha, who had reached atop the Everest at the age of 76 in 2008 and recorded his name in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010, told the media that he was fit from every aspects of climbing to begin an expedition to Mt Everest starting next month.

Campaign coordinator Jit Bahadur Gharti Magar shared that Sherchan would be climbing Everest for cause of world peace and protection for mother Earth besides winning back the record.

Sherchan is currently in a bid to break the 80-year-old Japanese national, Yuichiro Miura’s record and reclaim his title.

On the occasion, sociologist Prof Dr Krishna Bhattachan underscored the need for the government to support Sherchan’s cause, arguing that his ascend would add to the glory of Himalayan country like Nepal and its fellow citizens.

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Number of tourist doubles in Sauraha this New Year

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CHITWAN — The number of tourists visiting Sauraha to celebrate the New Year has more than doubled this time compared to the previous years.

This augurs well for the prospect of tourism in Chitwan district, according to the tourism entrepreneurs here.

“A significant number of tourists have arrived here for celebrating the New Year. The tourist arrivals are expected to go up in the coming days if this is any indication,” said Suman Ghimire, president of the Regional Hotel Association, Sauraha.

According to Ghimire this has raised hope the number of tourists will increase by 20 per cent in 2075 BS.

Some 10,000 tourists visited Sauraha last year and an estimated 6,000 of them stayed in hotels.

Hotels in Sauraha are filled with visitors who have arrived here in connection with celebrating the Nepali New Year 2075 BS.

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Tourism entrepreneurs say that this time they had hard time providing accommodation to tourists and many tourists were seen exiting Sauraha for lack of accommodation.

“We had to even accommodate tourists by laying mats in hotel rooms,” shared Sheer Lal Pariyar, manager of Hotel Park Side at Sauraha. He said a large number of visitors had arrived in Sauraha three days before the New Year’s Day on April 14.

Sauraha is considered to be the third most popular tourism destination of the country after Solukhumbu, where Mt. Everest is located, and Pokhara.

In the past nearly 150 thousand visitors used to come to Sauraha. This year the target is to bring 180 thousand tourists.

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