Gopal Shrestha Becomes First HIV-Infected Climber to Summit Mount Everest
Gopal Shrestha, 56, became the first HIV-infected person to summit the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest on May 22, 2019 at 08:15 a.m. He contracted AIDS about 25 years ago through syringe injection. Mr. Shrestha, also a former football player of Nepali national team, hails from Ratnachowk, Pokhara, and is an ex-student of Gandaki Boarding School (2037 S.L.C.). It was his second attempt at scaling Mt. Everest; he had previously tried to scale the highest peak in 2015, but he could not continue the mission due to the earthquake. Mr. Shrestha’s ascent to the top of the world is an attempt to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS in the world. He has proven that HIV/AIDS infection is no bar to live the life with joy and full of purpose, and HIV-infected persons are no less determined than any other human beings if an opportunity comes in their ways. Please check out a short documentary made by our own filmmaker Saroj Sapkota (S.L.C. 2053).