US-Nepal Friendship Team II leaves to climb Denali

US-Nepal Friendship Team II
Members of US-Nepal Friendship Team II.

Kathmandu, June 5

A team of Nepali mountaineers have left for the United States of America to climb Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America.

The US-Nepal Friendship Team II will be led by Pasang Phurba Sherpa and Mark Parella and includes the country’s top mountaineers like Gelje Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Tsering Pemba Sherpa, Pemba Nuru Sherpa and Pasang Gelu Sherpa.

The expedition to Mt Denali (6,190 metres tall) is coordinated by Public Affairs Chief Garrett E. Wilkerson from the US Embassy in Nepal and Karma Tenzing, the leader of the US-Nepal Friendship Team I, according to team manager Thaneshwar Guragai.

In June 2022, a team of climbers from Nepal and the US summited Denali to mark 75 years of diplomatic relationship between Nepal and the US.

According to Guragai, the objective of the expedition is to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Jim Whittaker’s Everest ascent, promote sustainable mountaineering practices, acquire invaluable eco-expedition techniques and establish mountain diplomacy between Nepal and the US, forging stronger diplomatic ties between the two nations.

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