Pokhara HIV infected to conquer Mt Everest

Gopal Man Shrestha

Whereas HIV infected are forced to live with discrimination in the society at present, what was the condition before 20 years? One can easily guess.

Due to peer pressure, he had started to take drugs and the consequence was: he tested positive for HIV.

He kept the disease secret from family members and friends for eight years due to fear of social stigma.

The virus was also transmitted to his wife from him.

Later, he came out publicly as an HIV victim and started to raise awareness against the disease.

Yes! Gopal Man Shrestha of Pokhara, an HIV victim has left for Solukhumbu on Wednesday to conquer the Mount Everest.

He said that he had planned to scale the Everest to draw attention of the world to help HIV victims.

Local authorities bade farewell to Shrestha playing musical instruments at the Pokhara Airport yesterday.

He will first scale the Lhotse Mountain after he lands at the Lukla Airport and he will start working towards his dream to climb the Everest in the first week of May.

Shrestha is scaling the Everest at the total cost of Rs. 2.6 million.

Shrestha (52) who was born and brought up in Pokhara was a popular name in the history of Nepali football.

Source: THT