BRIEF – Burmese mountaineers set to scale Hkakabo Razi

Burmese mountaineering team Thabawa Khawthan, literally “nature’s call”, has announced plans to scale Hkakabo Razi, at 19,000 feet the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and the tri-border point for Burma, India and China. The team says it is hopes to reach the Himalayan peak in Kachin State by the end of August, weather permitting. The first successful expedition to ascend the mountain was led by Japanese climber Takashi Ozaki and Nyima Gyaltsen, a Burmese national Tibetan who hoisted the old Burmese flag on the peak in 1996.