A famous Nepali movie star and sportsman is helping BFBS Gurkha Radio put the station’s flag on the top of Mount Everest.
Arjun Karki, also known as Jit Bahadur Karki, is attempting to summit on 3rd June and will be walking all the way to the peak from Kathmandu, a distance of nearly 100 miles.
The celebrity was recently invited to appear on Swarnim Sargam – an entertainment show on BFBS Gurkha Radio in Nepal – and explained why he wanted to represent the station during his Everest challenge.
“Gurkhas in the British Army have kept Nepal’s name high in the world for all Nepalese people and made us immensely proud,” he said. “I wanted to be a Gurkha myself but fate had other things secured for me and now I’m in the entertainment business. Nevertheless, I can be part of the Gurkha culture by taking BFBS Gurkha Radio’s flag to the top of the world.
“BFBS Gurkha Radio has done so much for our countrymen who are outside Nepal and who sacrifice their lives to preserve world peace. This is my way of thanking BFBS for looking after our Nepalese soldiers who are scattered all over the globe.”
Binoddhoj Khadka, Programme Director for BFBS Nepal, said: “After the show I caught up with Arjun to have a chat about his venture and wish him good luck – that’s when he mentioned that he’d like to take a BFBS flag with him.
“I immediately visualised him flying our BFBS Gurkha logo from the top of the world; a feat never done before.”