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Nepal unique, safe place says Finnish mountaineer

Nepal is a very unique country where foreigners can find good hospitality and people are friendly…

Nepal is a very unique country where foreigners can find good hospitality and people are friendly. Besides these, Nepal is also one of the few countries of the world where foreigners feel the safest, says Veikka Gustafsson a mountaineer who comes from the world`s one of the flat countries level Finland.

On every Friday night even in the Finnish capital Helsinki`s Railway Station is not a safe but I feel here safer all the time, he added.

Veikka, who was in capital on way back home after climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri on May 12 was talking with The Rising Nepal here the other day.

With this, he had set up a record of so climbing 11 out of 14 world`s highest peaks of above 8000 metres.

Now three mountains Kanchenjunga, Gashebrum I and II are left to be climbed, says Veikka.

Veikka came to Nepal in 1993 dreaming of to climb the world`s highest 8, 848 meter high snow-peak Mt. Everest. H was the first Finnish to climb Mt. Everest at the age of 25 that time.

Since then every year he has been coming to Nepal and has climbed the other over eight thousander mountains.

When I came to Nepal for the first time, the people were kind and happy. Even in these days people are smiling and friendly. But they seem more advanced looking at them on the streets. This is a new experience for me, shared Veikka of his experience.

After my success of Mt. Everest there were many articles published in Finnish newspapers. This helped more and more Finnish people to know about Nepal and Nepalese, says Veikka.

When we come to Nepal for expedition, there will be only mountain in our mind but when we leave Nepal there are people in our mind, says Viekka.

Climbers are the ambassadors of Nepal. After going back to their respective places, they (the climbers) will speak to thousands of people about Nepal and its art, culture, history, social, economy and many more, he said.

In order to make the mountaineering easier for the advancement of mountaineering activities, Nepal government should change the rules and regulations of the existing mountaineering policies, he suggests.

Mountains are very much similar to the University of Culture, because in mountains we could meet people from various cultural background and could exchange the respective cultures. For me the cool and tough mountains give not only motivational changes but also encourage for team building aspect. Thus, Nepal`s Himalayas have given me lots in my life, says ace-climber Veikka.

A publisher of Finnish outdoor magazines by profession Veikka also does modelling for various Finnish products and also teaches Finnish students on different issues and thinking of need to give courageous lessons for the students. That is at least to do something-special work in their life.

After climbing the three more eight thousanders, I will involve fully in promoting Nepal`s tourism sectors, says Veikka.

So far, there are three Finnish national who had climbed Mt Everest. But two of them have already given up climbing after their first successful ventures. However, Veikka Gustafsson, the first Finnish to climb the Mt. Everest, is still vying for the prestigious title of the First Finnish to climb all the 14 highest peaks of the world.

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