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12:10 AM, November 30, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:36 AM, November 30, 2018

Inspiring the youth for mountaineering

Rope4 facilitates trainings and workshops on adventurous activities, team building, survival camping, mountaineering expeditions and more. The mission of Rope4 is to contribute to the development of youths, by educating them on positive and adventurous outdoor activities.

Mission Himalaya 2018 is an event of Rope4 Outdoor Education for presenting the youth of Bangladesh with avenues to lead a healthy lifestyle and discover their hidden strengths through positive activities. In this regard, Rope4 set out to award three participants for an expedition to a mountain peak in Nepal. The expedition was jointly sponsored by Rope4, Peak69, Ghuddi and First Security Islami Bank.

Mission Himalaya 2018 organised three workshops on mountaineering where a total of 60 individuals participated. They were trained on basic terminologies of mountaineering, introduced to mountaineering gears and were taught essential rope knots.

Next, 25 participants qualified through for the 'Preparation for the Expedition' training camp, held at Hazarikhil Wildlife Sanctuary, Chattogram.

The focus of the training camp included not just physical fitness but also different leadership, team building, volunteering, mental health, endurance and adaptability exercises. Finally, judging the overall performances, three best performers were awarded with a chance to visit Nepal for an expedition. Mir Shamsul Alam Baboo, a certified mountaineering trainer in Bangladesh, was present in the award ceremony and appreciated Rope4 for their Mission Himalaya 2018 initiative.

A press conference took place on October 19, during which Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), along with the mission partners handed over the national flag and mission flag to the expedition team.

On October 22, a team, consisting of leader Mohiuddin Mahi, Co-Founder of Rope4, Sadia Sharmin from Dhaka University and Masud Parvej Sujon from Sylhet Engineering College, started the expedition to Yala Peak, a 5,525-metre summit in Nepal. The summit is considered a suitable and simple one for beginners. This expedition aspired to familiarise the new members with the high altitude and extend their knowledge and interest for further trekking. During the 11-day trek, the team summited Kenjing Ri (4,700 metres) for acclimatisation. On October 29, they reached the top of Yala Peak, and placed the Bangladeshi flag on it proudly. Sadia Sharmin trekked till Langtng village to 3500 meters and stayed there due to high altitude sickness. They returned on November 3.

This year's mission, supported by BPC, Star Youth, The Daily Star and People's Radio 91.6 FM, formally came to an end with the three mountaineers handing over the national flag to the Chairman of BPC on November 16. Success stories from the expedition were also shared by the team members. Masud Parvej Sujon quit smoking for good after the expedition, which was a great success for Mission Himalaya 2018.

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