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Babar dreams of hoisting BD flag on more peaks

Published : Saturday, 25 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 106

Babar dreams of hoisting BD flag on more peaks

Babar dreams of hoisting BD flag on more peaks

Babar Ali scaled Everest - the highest mountain peak in the world - and Lhotse - the fourth highest - only two days apart. But his mission is not yet ever. Instead, the Bangladeshi mountaineer is eager to climb more peaks which are over 8000-metre-high.

Babar previously became the first Bangladeshi national to climb the Ama Dablam peak in the Himalayas in 2022.

He is the first mountaineer from Chattogram to conquer the worlds tallest mountain and the sixth Bangladeshi to do so.

Babar reached the base camp on Wednesday after conquering Lhotse and is currently staying there. He spoke to bdnews24.com from the base camp about his dreams, the challenges in translating them into reality and his future endeavours.

The 8000-metre-high peaks are known as Aat Hazari among mountaineers.

"We mountaineers dream of seeing the world from the highest peak. I have fulfilled that dream of mine. I am very happy," Babar said over the phone.

 "I was happier to scale Lhotse as it was technically more challenging. And I love to face challenges. Hence, I must say that I enjoyed conquering Lhotse more," Babar said with confidence.

Lhotse peak is situated in the Himalayas between Tibet and Nepal.

Before Babar, five other Bangladeshis conquered Everest. But Babar is the first Bangladeshi to scale Everest and Lhotse in a single expedition. He planned ahead to achieve the mammoth task.

After he scaled Ama Dablam, his friends kept on asking when he would climb Everest. "I was preparing to summit Everest but was also thinking of facing a new challenge," he said.

He planned to summit Everest in 2023 but had to devote his attention to his studies. "Then I thought of scaling two peaks together. No one from Bangladesh scaled Everest and Lhotse in a single expedition. I thought I would be the first."

Babar Ali, a native of Hathazari, began mountaineering in 2010. Fourteen years later, he has conquered the worlds tallest mountain, drawing plaudits from all and being labelled the pride of the nation.

Asked if his parents had supported his mountaineering dreams, Babar said he had spoken to them on Wednesday after reaching the base camp. He felt they were happy, but also worried about his well-being, Babar said.    —bdnews24.com






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