Naked on Everest: a peek on the peak?
Updated: 2006-05-28 14:02
The head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association urged
the government Saturday to take action against a sherpa who reportedly stripped
on top of Mount Everest.
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain,
is seen from a hill near the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal March 17,
2004. The head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association urged the
government Saturday to take action against a sherpa who reportedly
stripped off on top of Mount Everest. [Reuters]
The Himalayan Times had reported Friday that the Nepali climbing guide, whose
name it gave as Lakpa Tharke, stood naked for three minutes in freezing
conditions on the 29,035-foot summit of the world's highest peak.
If confirmed, he would be the first person known to have stripped atop
Everest, considered by Nepali Buddhists as a god.
Ang Tshering Sherpa, head of Nepal's top mountaineering body, said he could
not confirm that the incident had happened.
"But if he did it, it is very shocking because Sagarmatha is the goddess
mother," he said, using the mountain's Nepali name.
"The government must enforce strict ethics for climbing."
Authorities have yet to comment.
But the climb's organizers seemed happy enough with Lakpa Thaeke's strip.
"We are planning to file his extraordinary feat for the Guinness Book of
World Records," the paper quoted an official of the hiking group that employs
Tharke as saying.
At least 1,345 people have climbed Everest since 1953 from either the Nepali
or Tibetan side.