Nepal honours two Everest heroes

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The government of Nepal says that the closest airport to Mount Everest has been renamed to honour the first two men known to have climbed the mountain.

The minister of culture and tourism told the BBC that the cabinet had decided that Lukla airstrip will now be known as Tenzing Hillary Airport.

It commemorates the Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay and the New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary.

They climbed the peak in 1953. Sir Edmund died last month in New Zealand.

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