An Austrian professor, who has visited Nepal 85 times in 45 years, has brought 14 friends to Nepal to make them familiar with this country.
Wolfgang Nairz, the first Austrian to climb Mt Everest, was in Solukhumbu when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country on April 25. Though he returned to his country after the earthquake, he convinced his friends to visit Nepal to tell the world that the country is safe to travel.
Nairz and his friends have already trekked to Upper Mustang and visited Pokhara.
Talking to Republica on Thursday, Nairz said people across the word believe Nepali is not safe to visit after the earthquake. “Nepal is like a second home to me,” he said, adding, “Whenever I am free in Austria, I prepare plan to visit Nepal as I am enchanted with the beauty of this country and its hospitable people.”
He said he brought tourists from different countries to visit Nepal to tell the world that Nepal is safe to visit.
Nairz climbed Mt Manaslu from the south face in 1972. Six year, later he reached the summit of Mt Everest.
“Earthquake has affected only some areas; other parts of the country are safe to visit,” Nairz said.
Nairz and his friends also brought with them relief goods worth 170,000 euros for quake-hit people in different parts of the country.
“My friends were very reluctant to visit Nepal at the beginning. But I managed to convince them,” he said, adding, “Now they are very happy.”