BP Online Desk
Bangladeshi Mountaineers M A Mohit and Ikramul Hasan are scheduled to reach the peak of the 23,380 feet high Himlung mountain near Nepal-Tibet border for the first time by next month.
They will leave Dhaka for Nepal on October 5 and the expedition is expected to be completed within 30 days.
Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) made the announcement of the new expedition of the mountaineers at a press conference and flag-off ceremony held at the National Press Club in the city last Friday.
Chairperson of non-government organisation BRAC Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and Charge d'Affaires of Nepal Embassy in Dhaka Dhan Bahadur Oli attended the function.
Founder of the BMTC and expeditor to Antarctica Enam UI Haque presided over the ceremony.
The BMTC planned the Himlung expedition with the sponsorship of Ispahani Tea Limited and Arla Foods Bangladesh Limited.
At the onset of the ceremony, the guests handed over Bangladesh's national flag to the two mountaineers, who will join a 10-member multinational mountaineering team in Nepal.
At the press conference Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said such expedition is an excellent way to create sensitivity about the nature conservation among people.
He also underscored the need for combating climate change impact on mankind and growing sensitiveness to the nature for its better conservation.
Hossain Zillur, also a former adviser to a caretaker government, expected that the climbers will return safe and sound after successfully carrying Bangladesh's flag over Himlung Mountain.
Mr Dhan Bahadur Oli said “Expedition in not only climbing mountain, it is understanding the sensitivity of nature. We are at the phase of human created vulnerability. Climate change has been creating more problems for developing countries. Both Nepal and Bangladesh are suffering more than any other polluter countries”.
As this is the responsibility of everyone to understand the sensitivity of nature and adopt the behaviour accordingly. In this regard the Mountaineers are the real goodwill Ambassadors for eco-friendly development, Mr. Oli also said.
For that reasons as well I always have my support and good wishes for their endeavours and noble work, he added.
Himlung is a 23,380 feet peak located between Annapurna and Manaslu regions of the Himalaya on the Nepal-Tibet border.
Mohit climbed Mt Everest twice as the only Bangladeshi, who also scaled a good number of mountains.