Tue, 11 May 2021
A 16-member Bahrain Royal Guard team led by Shaikh Mohammed Hamad Mohammed Al Khalifa today became the first Bahraini nationals on the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak.
It also became the first international team to conquer the new altitude of Mount Everest. Nepal and China jointly announced last year that the revised height of the world's highest peak was 8,848.86m, about 86cm more than the previous measurement done by India in 1954.
The team successfully reached the peak of Mt Everest and stood atop the peak between 5:30am and 6:45am local time, said Mingma Sherpa, chairman at Seven Summit Treks which organised the royal expedition.
The team received a call from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa afterwards, with the audio played on its Instagram account @bahrain_everest.
His Majesty praised the team and their work to promote the Kingdom on a global scale.
Climbing leader Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, who was the youngest person to climb Everest without oxygen support in 2013, said that the team members are now descending from the top.
The Bahrain team arrived in Kathmandu on March 15 to begin its Everest expedition.
The team earlier successfully climbed Lobuche peak (6,119m) and Mt Manaslu (8,156m) – both in Nepal – in October 2020.
Bahrain This Month interviewed the team after their return from the latter expedition, when the Everest attempt was still in the planning stage. Now, it is a reality and one of the finest achievements in the Kingdom’s history.
To read our previous interview with the team, click here: https://www.bahrainthismonth.com/magazine/interviews/conquering-the-killer-mountain