Jigme Pelden Dorje aims to become first Bhutanese to climb Everest

Everest Base Camp: Royal Bhutan Army Lieutenant Jigme Pelden Dorje on the way to camp-IV on Everest Sunday. Accompanied by his guide Chakra Rai along with 14 other climbers, the team had left Everest Base Camp for higher elevations on May 16.

According to Pasang Sherpa, chairman, Pioneer Adventure Pvt ltd, Jigme will become the first Bhutanese to set foot on the summit of Mt Everest and is expected to mark a new history soon.

"We are happy to have Jigme in our company to climb Mount Everest, and I believe that our guides will definitely help climbers to reach the summit. It is our pleasure to have him climb with us on the 2024 Everest Expedition” he said.

Similarly Jigme said, "I am excited to be on the top of Everest with my senior guide soon.

Since 1953, many climbers around the world have conquered Everest. Being from a small himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan gives me a lot of motivation and determination thinking that climbing Everest would allow me to explore what's never been explored before by Bhutanese.

At the sametime, the opportunity serves for me as a patriotic act towards the service to the monarch and the country,” he said. As per Jigme's guide Chakra Rai, the duo have set a target to reach the summit by May 20 depending on the weather conditions.

And I am happy to support him in this climb. According to Sherpa, Jigme and Rai will reach Camp-IV and will take some rest before heading for higher camp and finally the summit push on May 20.