KATHMANDU: Himalaya Airlines’ senior flight attendant Omnika Dangol made a historic ascent of Mount Everest (8848.86), the world’s highest mountain, on May 16.
Dangol, flight attendant of Himalaya Airlines summited the world’s highest peak at 07:30 am local time on Monday with the expedition team of Thamserku Treks and Expeditions. She safely returned to Kathmandu on May 20 and was warmly welcomed by Himalaya team at their Head Office, Gairidhara.
The airlines arranged a welcome programme wherein the President of Himalaya Airlines, Zhou Enyong along with the H9 team received Dangol and celebrated the glorious moment together. Congratulating the team, he said, “This is a very significant project for us. We are glad that Ms Omnika Dangol successfully scaled the highest peak with Himalaya’s flag and safely returned. This project involved a lot of risks and challenges, and I was worried about her safety every day. But as our team was thoroughly prepared and determined, I was confident that this project will be a success. It is indeed a well-deserved achievement for Himalaya Airlines. It signifies the spirit of persistence that H9 always believes in.”
With the objective to promote tourism in Nepal, Himalaya Airlines had initiated its historic project “Himalaya Airlines Everest Expedition by Flight Attendant”. Since then, the airlines had been vigorously engaged in its preparation with their flight attendant Dangol to successfully scale Mt Everest. Dangol had previously climbed three peaks — Mera, Island and Lobuche.
This Everest expedition project is a symbolic representation of the Himalayas’ perseverance and courage despite the extreme conditions. Over the years, Himalaya had to face many challenges and hurdles which were overcome with strong will and determination.
Vijay Shrestha, Vice President, Himalaya Airlines expressed, “One of the key purposes of Himalaya Airlines is to promote Nepali tourism and this project is a small step by H9 in promoting tourism. We congratulate the team on the accomplishment of the project.”
Upon completion of the project, Dangol shared, “Being able to represent Himalaya Airlines atop the highest peak was a proud moment for me. There had been numerous challenges throughout my journey but my focus had always been on reaching the top. I am thankful to Himalaya Airlines for giving me this opportunity for this once in a lifetime experience.” Himalaya’s Everest Expedition began on April 13 on the eve of New year 2079 and concluded with the successful summit on May 16.
Himalaya Airlines (H9) a Nepal – China joint venture was established in 2014, with two core objectives; to promote people to people contact of Nepal with the other countries and to promote Nepal’s trade and tourism.