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Ah the mountains! The mighty mountains with scenic beauty, with glistering white in their mantle of monsoon snow tremendous and awesome. They glow a fiery red in the setting rays of the sun before being enveloped once again in the dark storm clouds. These mountains evolved from the earth encircling the entire world. They allure the mountaineers from across the world and climbers always tried to curb the mountains' roar from many years to prove human supremacy other them.
From the late in the nineteenth century, human starts the popular exploration in the mountain ranges and to reach the summit. But, history shows that the mountaineering starts in the fifteenth century in America and Europe. The Himalaya came under mountaineers' interest in early twentieth century though Peak B of the Himalaya was determined as the highest peak of the world by Radhanath Sikdar in 1952. And it was renamed Peak XV in 1854. Later, it was renamed Mt. Everest after the name of Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest in 1865. And a George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June 1886 8/9 June 1924) was the first mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest started in 1921. But, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stepped on the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953. First Bangalee Satyabrata Dam, also an officer of Indian Navy, conquered the Everest on 2004. But no Bangladeshi ever starts the historic journey for the Everest before 2010.
These Himalayan ranges give us serene airs, give birth to hundreds of rivers, and are not that far from us. This is a kind of destination into which we did not give a close look; even we did not give any step towards it. But, Musa Ibrahim cherished to touch the apex of Everest albeit he is an inhabitant of a plain-land. Eventually, overcoming the countless hindrance day after day, he soared in the sky beating the highest peak of the world. It made Bangladesh flooded with joy & ecstasy. Being the first Bangladeshi, Musa had become the pride of country.
Traditionally, Musa Ibrahim was supposed to be busy with career after he associated himself with journalism in 1999 during his study in university. As he was hailed from a middle class family, it was expected that he would maintain his family after finishing the study while being involved in 9-to-5 office. But he was not that conventional. He started fighting to conquer the highest peak of the world to hoist our national flag on it. He took several mountaineering trainings cutting his own pocket. He climbed Frey, Langsisa-Ri, and Annapurna IV peak successfully. Then he prepared himself and confronted Everest.
How is the Everest expedition? Common journey says it is not only expensive but also troublesome due to high altitude sickness, mental misbalanced situation for oxygen deficiency, weather disorder and the mercy of the nature. Musa wondered to and fro in the capital Dhaka round the clock for his sponsor. He could manage a little help from the domestic corporate companies as they did not intend to help in this endeavour. But, this hardly could make him to give up.
Moreover, his father, mother, family and well-wishers tried to get him back and also tried to detract him. But all went in vain. In fact, kissing his one and half year old son and ignoring his wife's tears, he went out and stood in front of the Everest.
Months had passed, but no news from Musa. Relatives were worried about him. On the other hand, Musa was struggling against snow-storm and other calamities in the Everest region. After climbing for 40 days, Musa got his oxygen cylinder leaked, which might cause his death. At that time, he survived with the mercy of the Almighty and the helping hands of Sherpas. After few hours, he summit the Everest & hoisted our red-green national flag. Euphoria for making the dream true encompassed the atmosphere on that height of 29,035ft (8,848m). It was five past five at dawn on 23rd of May, 2010.
Tiredness engulfed him while he was descending from the peak. It was close to the peak and Musa was drowsy and napped on the ridge of Everest which is known as "Death Zone". Actually, he was caught in hypoxia. At that time, an Australian and a Scottish young men saved him repairing his leaked oxygen-pipe, providing him juice and power gel. The Sherpa and the foreign climbers helped him to climb down safely.
It was a reincarnation of the Everest conqueror Musa Ibrahim. A fiesta also was started in Bangladesh with the news of his success which was literally a success of 160 million Bangladeshis. For the first time, Bangladesh conquered Everest and it was 57 years after the human feet stepped onto the Everest's apex.
Musa does not consider himself as a celebrity or hero. Rather he is a conqueror- a fighter. This website is not only about the first Bangladeshi Everest conqueror, in fact it's about a brief legend of constant struggle of a young man. This legend will encourage us, will boost our hopes as well as will give us reminder that "ONE WHO FIGHTS CAN NEVER BE DEFEATED".
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Musa Ibrahim's photo exhibition titled 'Bangladesh on top of the Everest'
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