Vol. 4 Num 269 Sat. February 28, 2004  

Another team to go on Everest expedition

Four members of Bangladesh Everest Team-1 will receive training from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of India to climb the Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Mountain Dew, a soft drink, is sponsoring the training.

" In last 50 years, 1200 mountaineers had conquered the Everest but there was no Bangladeshi among them. We want to materialise our dream of conquering the Everest," said Inam ul Haq at a press conference in the city yesterday.

Inam ul Haq, organiser of Bangladesh Everest Team-1 and the first Bangladeshi who visited Antarctica, the coldest continent of the world, said, " One has to receive training on mountaineering before climbing the mountain peak like the Everest."

"Members of Bangladesh team had been tracking in the Himalayas alongside their training on mountain climbing for last few years," said Sirajul Haq Sagar, one of the members of the team.

"The training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute will help increase our skills and confidence to achieve the success," said Sadia Sultana Shampa, the only female member of Bangladesh team.

Shampa expressed her firm confidence that Bangladesh flag will be hoisted on the Everest in near future.

Musa Ibrahim and Shamsul Alam Babu, two other members of the team, also expressed their firm determination to conquer the Everest.

Another member Muntasir Mamun Imran, who had received training from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, described his experience at the press conference.