A sherpa who reportedly fought to the top of Everest has been blamed for stripping on the top of Everest. It has been reported that a Sherpa Nepali guide named Lakpa Tharke remained naked for 3 minutes in the freezing conditions on the top of Everest, the top of the world.
The Himalayan Times writes:
Twenty five-year-old Lakpa Tharke Sherpa of Khumjung-9, Phorche, Solukhumbu took off his clothes on the summit for three minutes on May 24, claimed Ishwori Poudel, managing director of the Himalayan Guides Trek and Expeditions. Lakpa, a permanent staffer of the HGTE, scaled the peak as a climbing Sherpa of the Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 06” team.
However, this news has developed a lot of controversy in the media. Himalayan Times writes again:
Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, expressed disbelief . “I am too shocked to hear that a climbing Sherpa has crossed the thin red line just to set a new record,” he said. He further said, “Mt Everest also known as Chomulungma is a holy mountain for us. What he has done is extremely shameful for the whole country.”
Buddhist people who regard Everest as the god are infuriated by this news which is yet to be confirmed though. The authorities are silent over the issue as of now but one of the climber's organization is reported to be happy over the news saying this is the first time someone dared to get naked in the freezing conditions. Even more humorous is the news that they are thinking of entering his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. Anyway, the book is meant for every extraordinary things done by people around the globe.
What do you think about this news? Do you think it was right to get naked on the top of Everest specially when it is sacred place for some people? What ethical standard should we follow? What individual rights do we have? It is all up to you to decide.
(based on THT, May 25, http://www.himalayantimes.com )