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'Alan Hinkes ready to be Nepal's goodwill ambassador'

February 23 , 2006

'Alan Hinkes ready to be Nepal's goodwill ambassador'

World-famous British climber Alan Hinkes will be on a familiarisation trip to India at the invitation of the Indian Government this month. Alan is scheduled to visit all the major touristic places, including the Great Ski Resort: Gulmarg. Alan Hinkes, who is the only Briton to climb all the 14 peaks above 8,000m, was graciously conferred "Order of the British Empire (OBE)" by Her Majesty the Queen of Britain on January 1 this year. With the decoration of the prestigious medal, he is now known as Alan Hinkes, OBE, among his friends and climbers. "We should also use the fame earned in the mountaineering world by Alan Hinkes to promote Nepal as a wonderful and safe destination," says Bikrum Pandey, President of Himalaya Expeditions. "After all, Alan is a great friend of Nepal and the Nepalese people. If the government so proposes, I am sure Alan will be happy to be friendly goodwill ambassador for Nepal," says Pandey, who has organised most of Alan's 8,000-metre peak expeditions in Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. He is confident that Alan will help contribute in reviving the faltering Nepalese tourism industry. Mt. Shisha Pangma was the first peak above 8,000m Alan had climbed. The new record was set in 1987. He reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 1996. In May 2005, he finished climbing all the 14 peaks above 8,000m after reaching the top of Mt. Kanchanjungha, the third tallest peak of the world.