A group of four trekkers, led by Mount Everest climber MA Mohit, is set to go on an expedition to scale some 21,830 feet high Mera Peak of the Himalayas.
Guest speakers at a press conference handed over the expedition flags to the mountaineers MA Mohit, Sadia Sultana, Shayla Parvin Bithi and Kazi Bahlul Maznu Friday morning.
The team will leave Dhaka for Nepal on 4 October by plane and will stay at Katmandu for one or two days for buying some necessary trekking gears. On 6 October, they will leave Katmandu for Likla Airport also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport and start their expedition in the next morning after having breakfast, explained MA Mohit.
Mohit said it will take 20/22 days to reach the top of Mera Peak.
The trekking path to the Mera Peak is beautiful as there are remote villages and forests, told MA Mohit, the only Bangladeshi mountaineer who has been scaled Mt Everest twice.
Trekkers Kazi Bahlul Maznu and Sadia Sultana conquered respectably four and one 6,000m mountains. Shayla Parvin is joining the expedition for the first time after undertaking formal mountaineering training in India and also trekked to Mount Kyajo Ri in Nepal in 2015.
Headed by expeditor Enam Ul Haque, the press conference was briefly addressed by former caretaker government adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, author Selina Hossain and Dhaka University Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam.
Congratulating the mountaineers, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said they have been able to spread the dream among the young peoples to reach the peaks.
Trekking to the mountains is a matter of inspiration and a celebration of youthfulness, he said.
The expedition has been planned by Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club and sponsored jointly by Azim Group, Bangladesh Finance and Investment Co. Ltd and Channel I.
Azim Group executive director Anup Baran Das was also spoke at the ceremony.