Shortest man sets sights on Everest

17th May 2012

The world's shortest man has shown his ambitions are far from diminutive, after announcing he would love to scale the highest peak on Earth.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who at just 54.6cm tall is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest man in the world, told the Australian Daily Telegraph he longs to travel to Nepal and climb 8,848m to the top of Mount Everest.

Everest is the highest mountain on the planet, and is known for its fearsome reputation among those who have made it to the top. Figures show more than 5,000 people have successfully stood at the mountain's peak, but many more have failed in their attempts to conquer it.

Mr Dangi is far from the only person to set his sights on the summit of Everest, and the mountain's base camp is one of mountain-state Nepal's most popular tourist attractions.

Other favourites among visitors to the nation are the capital city Kathmandu, known for its stunning temples and ancient architecture, and the unspoilt jungles in the Royal Chitwan National Park.

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