Nepal is set to name two Himalayan peaks after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the men who first climbed Mount Everest 60 years ago.
Hillary, a New Zealander, and Tenzing, who grew up in the valleys around the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak, reached the top of the world's highest mountain on 29 May 1953 as part of a British expedition.
A government panel has now recommended that two unnamed mountains be called Hillary Peak and Tenzing Peak "to honour their contribution to mountaineering in Nepal", Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said.
Mohan Krishna Sapkota, at the Nepali Ministry of Tourism, said a final decision would be taken by ministers.
The two peaks – Hillary's at 7,681m and Tenzing's at 7,916m – have never been climbed and are among a batch of new summits expected to be opened to foreigners next spring. Officials hope the peaks will attract more climbers and help boost tourism in Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains."
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