Memorial Plaque Placed in the Himalayas to Honor Perished Hungarian Mountaineers
A memorial plaque was placed in the base camp of Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak of Himalaya on Monday, to honor the memory of mountaineers Zsolt Erőss and Péter Kiss, who perished after summiting Kangchenjunga, as the first Hungarians to do so, in 2013.
Transylvanian-Hungarian mountaineer Csaba Varga left Budapest two weeks ago on an expedition to climb Kangchenjunga, accompanied by the sponsor of the Kalifa Himalaya Expedition, Sarhan Omar, who is the owner of Kalifa, which sells dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. They have reached the base camp at 5500 meters on 14 April, where they selected a rock in the center of the camp to place the plaque in memory of the Hungarian mountaineers. The plaque is the work of sculptor Attila Csák , who applied the bronze portraits of the mountaineers to a Hungarian limestone plate.
Varga will continue his journey alone to summit the third highest peak of Himalaya. At 8,586 meters, Kangchenjunga will be the highest mountain Varga has ever climbed. He will make the ascent without the use of supplemental oxygen or porters, while trying to leave the smallest ecological footprint possible, by using solar power and returning all refuse he generates.