Kathmandu, April 5, 2018 – Nepal’s Sports Journalists Priya Laxmi Karki has set herself in an attempt to become the country’s first sports journalist to scale world’s highest peak Mt Everest.
The highest summit in the world – Sports journalism and the industry have many difficulties to scale in the modern era, but Laxmi will begin one of her toughest journeys – a dream for all mountaineers – on Thursday. She will leave the Solokhumbu region, the eastern part of Nepal bordering China, with an expedition team that includes four other female journalists.
Laxmi can arguably be the first female scribe, if not the first sports journalist or first female sports journalist, to summit the world’s highest mountain that stands tall at a daunting 8,848 metres. Laxmi, a Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) member, will be carrying with her flags of AIPS and AIPS Asia to represent the sports journalists from the continent.
“It gives me a great privilege to carry the flag of AIPS and AIPS Asia and have them hoisted on the top of the world,” said Laxmi.
Journalists turn mountaineers – Rosha Basnet of Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kalpana Maharjan of Mega TV, Rojita Buddhacharya of NTV and freelance journalist Deuralee Chamling are also participating in this valiant effort. Laxmi is currently associated with News 24, a television channel. Her prior experience includes working with an array of different media organizations. The expedition, which has been named ‘First Women Journalists Everest Expedition’ (FWJEE), is expected to reach the summit between May 12-22.
The route to Mt Everest, which can be treacherous at times, has to be scaled by the help of experienced sumitteers and only a favourable weather conditions can facilitate the task.
For any individual, reaching to the roof of the world is a daunting task and a lifetime accomplishment. “Mt Everest is something that is next to a myth for someone like me who is living an ordinary life in the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities. Going there as an individual itself will be a great memory for me to cherish. And being there as a sports journalist will definitely instil in me a different sense of pride,” she told AIPS ASIA.
While one of the biggest tasks for Laxmi is to accomplish her arduous journey to the Everest, the other involves financial burden as well with the overall cost almost reaching one million Nepali rupees.
Funding – NSJF has already begun collecting funds for assisting in Laxmi’s journey through its members from the central office in Kathmandu and other branch offices across the country. NSJF leadership said it will be doing all it can to make Laxmi’s journey a successful one as it “not only concerns the organization’s pride but also sports journalism in the region and probably across the world.”