Nepal govt rechristens airport, route after Everest conquerors

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Kathmandu, Feb 12 (UNI) The government of Nepal has renamed the Lukla airstrip in Solukhumbu at the foothills of Mt Everest after the legendary climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who first scaled the world's highest peak Mt Everest in 1953.

The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Prithvi Gurung said the airstrip along with the route to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) would from now on be known as Tenzing Hillary Airport and Tenzing Hillary Route respectively to honour the two legendary mountaineers.

Mr Gurung told Nepal News the government has also decided to name one of the peaks in the Himalayas after Hillary and is in consultation with mountaineering community to determine the appropriate peak.

Similarly, the Minister said May 29, the day when the two climbers conquered Mt Everest, would be observed as ''International Mt Everest Day.'' UNI XC RJ HS1608

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