Desk Report

19 May, 2024 11:38

A Bangladeshi mountaineer, Babar Ali, conquered Everest

As the fifth Bangladeshi, Babar Ali has conquered the world's highest peak Mount Everest.

On Sunday (May 19), at 8:30 a.m. Bangladesh time, he reached the summit of Everest.

This information was confirmed by the chief coordinator of the expedition, Farhan Jaman, through the base camp team.

Earlier, Babar Ali had set off for Everest on April 1. Today, at 8:30 a.m., he flew the flag of Bangladesh there.

Farhan Jaman said Babar's campaign doesn't end here. His goal is to climb Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world. He will start the journey towards the second goal from Camp 4 on Sunday night. If everything goes well, he can reach the summit by morning. No Bangladeshi has climbed this Lhotse before. No Bangladeshi has climbed two 8,000-meter peaks in the same campaign. So, if the goal is achieved, Babar Ali will set a new record.

Although Everest has been conquered before from Bangladesh, there hasn’t been an attempt to climb both Everest and Lhotse in the same expedition. It's been quite a few years preparing for this challenge, preparing himself for expeditions to various peaks of the Himalayas.

On March 31, at a press conference in Chittagong, Babar Ali revealed his desire. He said, "Most mountaineers dream of standing at the highest point on earth. I see that dream too. I like challenges and doing something new. So, this time I dream of conquering Lhotse along with Everest. The whole expedition will take two months. If the weather is favorable, I can climb to the summit in the third or last week of May."

Since 2014, he has been on mountaineering expeditions. He is a member of the Vertical Dreamers, a mountaineering club based in Chittagong. As a member of this club, he has been on expeditions to various peaks of the Himalayas for the past ten years. In 2017, he completed basic mountaineering training at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi, India. In 2022, as the first Bangladeshi, he climbed another formidable and technical peak in the Himalayas, Mount Ama Dablam (22,349 feet).

At the age of 33, Babar Ali, who passed MBBS from Chattogram Medical College, started his career in medicine. Then he gave up his job to wander around the country and abroad.

Before Babar Ali, four Bangladeshis have set foot on the summit of Mount Everest. Among them, in 2010, Musa Ibrahim became the first Bangladeshi to conquer the world's highest peak. A year later, in 2011, M A Mohit became the second Everest conqueror.

In the following year, in 2012, Nishat Mazumdar climbed Everest as the first Bangladeshi woman. In the same year, within a week, another Bangladeshi woman, Wasfia Nazreen, also reached there.

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