Russian shows Ukrainian flag – Nepal refuses Everest certificate

Russian Katya Lipka photographed herself on the summit of Everest with a Ukrainian flag. Now she has been denied the Everest certificate by Nepal.

On May 24, 2022, the Russian Katya Lipka reached the summit of Everest, unpacked a Ukrainian flag and photographed herself with it. The picture then published on Instagram with the call to Putin to end the war in Ukraine.

Katya Lipka on the top of Everest with the Ukrainian flag in her hand. (photo Katya Lipka)
Katya Lipka on the top of Everest with the Ukrainian flag in her hand. (photo Katya Lipka)

According to the news portal Everest Chronicle, the Russian has now been refused the Everest certificate by Nepal. "We need clarification from her and the expedition agency on the action of displaying the flag without our permission. This is an extremely sensitive geopolitical issue that we cannot take lightly," said Surya Prasad Upadhyaya, director of the Nepal Department of Tourism.

Unfurling a flag on the top of Everest is not strictly prohibited. According to local authorities, however, a report must be made in advance as to which flag and in what size will be carried to the summit. In general, the authorities must be informed of any extraordinary actions on the top of the highest mountain in the world.

Mexican plays piano on Everest

The Mexican Juan Diego Martínez Álvarez was also denied the summit certificate after he climbed the Everest Piano. With the questionable action, the Mexican hopes for a Guinness World Records entry.

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Credits: Cover picture Katya Lipka

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