The BFBS Gurkha Radio flag has been to the top of Mount Everest, thanks to the efforts of a famous Nepali movie star and sportsman.
Arjun Karki took 66 days to reach the summit, as he walked from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp ahead of the ascent. As far as he’s aware this feat has never been attempted.
Arjun had promised to fly the BFBS Gurkha Radio flag from the peak as a way of saying thank you to the Forces station.
“It’s a heavenly feeling, that’s unparalleled,” he said. “The experience is beyond imagination as there are no obstructions. You can see 360 degrees around you and the moon seems to be much closer.
“I am fascinated by the Gurkhas and how the Nepalese have contributed to maintaining peace and freedom in the world by being part of the famous British Army.
“I know how BFBS Gurkha Radio has helped in bringing the Nepalese together in one platform and I have very good relations with the staff of this wonderful organisation. I was extremely happy to take the flag and fly it on top of the world.”
Binod Dhoj Khadka, Station Manager for BFBS Gurkha Radio in Nepal, said: “When I heard that Arjun had successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest, I was thrilled. I knew he was going to do it with his mental and physical strength. Seeing pictures of the BFBS Gurkha Radio flag on top of the world is unprecedented and a big milestone in the history of BFBS.
“We invited Arjun in the BFBS studio to share his experiences and he came straight from the hospital, even though he’d lost nine toes due to frostbite. Despite this he was cheerfully talking to listeners from all over the world and thanked them for their moral support. Arjun is a true real life hero.”