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‘Snow Leopard’ Sherpa cremated with national honours

Kathmandu, Sept 23 : World record holder mountaineer Angrita Sherpa has been cremated with state honours today. Nicknamed the ‘Snow Leopard’, Sherpa’s last rites were performed as per the Buddhist rituals at Teku Ghat. He had passed away at his residence at Jorpati on Monday at the age of 72 years. A meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday decided to conduct the late Sherpa’s final rites with state honours. In keeping with this decision, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai paid respects to the late Sherpa by draping his mortal remains kept at Sherpa Monastery Boudha with the national flag.

Director General at the Department of Tourism, high government officials, and senior tourism entrepreneurs among others paid their last respects to the late Sherpa at the Monastery. Angrita Sherpa had set the world record by climbing the tallest peak of the world, Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) 10 times without supplementary oxygen. He is survived by three sons and a daughter. Born at Thame of Solukhumbu district, Sherpa had started climbing Sagarmatha from 1983. He set his feet atop the world’s highest mountain without using bottled oxygen for the last time in 1996.

Besides Mt Everest, he also climbed Mount K2 of Pakistan and Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Manaslu, Mt Lhotse, Mt Annapurna, Mt Dhawalagiri and others mountains in Nepal.(RSS)

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