Nepal observed 9th International Everest Day on 29 May, commemorating the 63 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa successfully climbed Everest.
A procession was organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association in association with Nepal Tourism Board on the morning in Kathmandu. The route started in Thamel ended at Bhrikuti Mandap and was participated by ministers, climbers, tourism entrepreneurs and government officials.
Nine Sherpa 'icefall doctors', who risked their lives to fix ropes on the Mount Everest after last year's devastating earthquakes, were honoured by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli with bouquets. PM Oli also offered placed bouquets at the statues of Hillary and Tenzing in Kathmandu. Those honoured include Gyalzen Sherpa, Gyalzen Dorjee Sherpa, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Nima Tshering Sherpa, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Mingma Chhiri Sherpa, Pasang Dorjee Sherpa and Lhakpa Tshering Sherpa.
Almost 400 climbers successfully climbed Everest this season, a record in its own right. A minute long mourning session was observed in memory of those killed on Everest this season.
After two years of gap in Everest climbing due to avalanches and earthquake, climbers were again able to summit Everest this year.
(Photo Courtesy: Barry Bishop/National Geographic)