November 28, 2021, Sunday

18-member NMA makes academic summit on Mera Peak

– Birat Anupam An 18-member academic expedition of Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA) has successfully scaled Nepal’s tallest trekking peak, Mera Peak (6470m) at 9:48 am on Friday.

The 18 summiteers include first batch students of the NMA-run first batch of Bachelor of Mountaineering Studies (BMS). The BMS is the world’s first university-run academic mountaineering course. ”We made our first station at Khare (4900 m) which is equipped with lodging and is considered as base camp”, said Tshiring Jangbu Sherapa, the guide of the academic expedition. He added, ”We had made summit push at 3:00 am from high camp situated at 5800 meters and made it to the summit collectively at 9:48 in the morning.”

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Among 18 summiteers are 12 students from BMS and 6 technical, academic and administrative personalities of NMA. Executive Director Romnath Gyawali, Director Uttam Bhattarai, Management Committee Member and guide Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa, Academic Supervisor Dr. Basanta Poudel and guides duo Lakhpa Rangdu Sherpa and Hareram Khadka scaled Mera Peak together with 12 students. Three students, however, returned without reaching summit, said Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa, the guide.

Sherpa said NMA team was at Mera Peak area since three weeks for theoretical and practical works of the BMS courses. Established on 30 May 2002, Nepal Mountain Academy started running BMS since October 2018. An 8-semester and 30-seat BMS requires both theoretical and practical approach of mountaineering along with constant research, said Uttam Bhattarai, the director of NMA. —