Two young Bangladeshi mountaineers have set a mission to conquer Yala Peak, a 5,732 metre summit of the Himalayas, in Nepal.
The mountaineers -- Asaduzzaman (27), and Hiba Sharafuddin (30) -- will start the expedition in the Langtang region of Nepal from November 21 and their expedition is expected to end on December 5.
Rope4 Outdoor Education, a non-government organisation, which arranged the mission, made the announcements at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club yesterday. The organisation leaders also handed over the country’s flag to the expedition team.
In her speech, Marufa Haque, chairman of Rope4, said they organised the event as part of their “Mission Himalaya 2019” project in order to generate interest in mountaineering among the country’s youths.
“After holding several trainings and competitions among 68 interested people in July, three mountaineers have been selected to participate in the expedition,” said Marufa.
One of the selectees -- Neel Hurerjahan -- was unable to join due to his exams, she added.
Marufa said six others including Mohiuddin Mahi as team leader and Abu Sayed Md Rajib as coordinator will join the expedition to support the youths.
Among others, mountaineering trainer Mir Shamsul Alam, mountaineer Ahmed Riad and Fuad Ahasan Chowdhury were present at the press conference.
The Daily Star is the media partner of the expedition. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Peak69 and Living with Forest are its mission partners, said organisers.