Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Wasfia Nazreen, the first Bangladeshi attempting to climb the seven highest mountains of the world’s seven continents, will leave the country on Sunday to conquer Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world.
A send off ceremony was organized at the head office of City Bank Limited, the key sponsor of Wasfia’s climb, in the city yesterday where she was handed over the Bangladesh flag to plant on top of Mount Everest.
Wasfia, the first female Bangladeshi mountaineer, also gave a presentation of her climbing experiences at the ceremony, the organizers said.
She will climb Everest along its southern side, the route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to conquer the mountain, and considered to be more challenging than other routes.
Wasfia launched her expedition to the seven peaks on July 3, 2011 under the campaign “Bangladesh on Seven Summits” in celebration of 40 years of the country’s independence.
She conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa on October 2, 2011 and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina on December 16, Bangladesh’s Victory Day, but came back 300 metres away from the peak of Mount Elbrus in Russia on July 12 due to inclement weather.
BBN/SSR/AD-11Mar12-10:30 am (BST)