Nepal plans to name Himalayan peaks after Hillary, Tenzing
KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepal plans to name two Himalayan peaks after pioneering Mount Everest climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a senior hiking official said, in a move designed to boost tourism in the beautiful but desperately poor country.
New Zealander Hillary and his Nepali guide Tenzing made it to the 8,850-metre summit of the world's highest mountain on May 29, 1953 as part of a British expedition, which put Nepal on the map as a destination for adventure tourism.
A government panel has recommended that two unnamed mountains be called Hillary Peak and Tenzing Peak, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
"This is to honour their contribution to mountaineering in Nepal," Mr Sherpa, who headed the panel, told Reuters.