ERBIL — A Kurdish mountaineer has revealed his plans to take the flag of Kurdistan Region to Mount Everest in the upcoming months, noting that this is one of his dreams.
Speaking to BasNews, Kurdish mountaineer Ranj Omer from Duhok province, Kurdistan Region, pointed out that he made his decision in 2017 when he received the Kurdistan flag as a gift from Kurdish prominent leader and former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani.
The Kurdistan Region in September 2017 held a referendum for independence. Omer at the time, as he explained, took the Kurdistan flag to all provinces across the autonomous region, with barzani welcoming him and giving him a flag to respect his patriotism.
"My dream is to be able to take this holy flag of Kurdistan, which President Barzani gave it to me as a gift, to the highest mountain in the world and let it fly in there," the Kurdish mountaineer told BasNews.
Mount Everest, which is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, is Earth's highest mountain above the sea level. The China–Nepal border runs across its summit point and its elevation of 8,848.86 meters was most recently established in 2020 by the Nepali and Chinese authorities.
Omer noted that he is currently in Nepal for trainings which also includes mountain climbing to high points of various mountains in the country, explaining that he will take the Kurdistan flag to Mount Everest next April.