JK’s star mountaineer felicitated

TAAK grants lifetime honorary membership to Sonam Wangyal


Srinagar, Nov 6: Travel Agents’ Association of Kashmir (TAAK) felicitated state’s star mountaineer Sonam Wangyal, popularly known as Everester, at a glittering function at Nigeen Club, here.
 The Valley’s premier tourism body granted Sonam the lifetime honorary membership of TAAK, besides presenting him with a memento in recognition of his contribution to adventure sports. “TAAK has decided that it will utilize his services for promoting adventure tourism in the state,” Rauf Tramboo, President TAAK told Greater Kashmir.
 He said Sonam would be an ideal person to be a brand ambassador for adventure sports like rock climbing and mountaineering in J&K.
 Sonam has climbed Mount Everest on May 23, 1965 when he was just 16 years old and set record of being the youngest mountaineer who climbed the Everest at that time.
 Hailing from Leh, Sonam is a recipient of Arjun Award I.M.F Gold medal, and Padama Shree Award. After his successful ascent, he became the Principle of Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Trust and worked there till his retirement.
 Right from his youth, Sonam was keen to develop mountaineering in J & K but was never given chance to move forward in this direction, TAAK in a statement said.
 During recent Himalayan Mountaineering and Adventure Tourism meet in Srinagar he expressed his desire to help local youth take up to rock climbing and mountaineering.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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