Did you ever heard of scaling the world’s highest peak without bottled oxygen? Yes, there are those who did that!
Italian Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler climbed the Everest peak without carrying bottled oxygen. It was around 40 years ago that the duo performed this rare feat, which seems tough even for imagination considering the temperature levels during that period.
Since the first attempt in 1953, thousands of climbers summitted the Everest peak. But, climbing without supplementary oxygen has been a dream for many until the duo proved it.
Nepali Tourism Minister Adhikari lauded the climbers at a ceremony held in Kathmandu recently.
In his remarks, Messner said climbing the Everest peak has become a tourism activity than as an adventure.
“Today mountaineering is tourism. Mountaineering is where people are going without infrastructure, but on Everest there is huge infrastructure. The Sherpas prepare everything and clients pay to trek to the summit,” says Messner.
Messner has also been a strong critic over climbing Mount Everest and has also earlier suggested the Government of Nepal to relook into allowing more number of climbers onto Mount Everest for the wellness of the peak.