Mountaineer Mogens Jensen reaches Mt. Everest Base Camp

17 Apr 2009

Seventeen days after leaving Copenhagen, Danish world-famous mountaineer Mogens Jensen entered Mt. Everest Base Camp. He now starts final preparations for the summit attempt, bringing the UN flag and the universal Human Rights Declaration to Mt. Everest summit.

Jensen reached Base Camp - 5,380 metres above sea level - on Tuesday. At a traditional Nepalese Puja ceremony, Jensen was handed the UN flag and a laminated copy of the human rights declaration that he plans to carry with him all the way to the very top of Mt. Everest (8,848 metres).

"The trekking for Base Camp surrounded by fantastic nature scenery was unproblematic and clerks of weather served me a sunny sky every day...in general I am feeling comfortable though suffering from stomach pain in Namche Bazar," Jensen wrote in his UNDP weblog. "An effective antibiotic treatment served me well - fortunate as diarrhoea and dehydration would not form a recipe of success in the high mountains - on the contrary!!!"

Jensen became world famous in 2006 as Discovery Channel documented his attempt to be first asthmatic man in the world ever to climb Mt. Everest without using an oxygen mask. The Dane stopped his endeavour 350 metres from the top due to frostbite in his left foot. In 2007 he successfully reached the summit.

In cooperation with UNDP, the Danish mountaineer dedicated his third Everest expedition to celebrating 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Three of the MDGs state that poverty must be cut by half, all children must attend school and gender equality must be achieved globally by 2015.

Contact Information

Follow the Mt. Everest expedition at: http://undp.typepad.com.

Further information:

Mogens Jensen at cell phone +45 2762 3267 or email ironmandk@hotmail.com

Henrik Kastoft, Communication Officer, UNDP Nordic Office in Copenhagen, Denmark phone +45 3546 7154 or email henrik.kastoft@undp.org