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Nepal celebrates 60th anniversary of Everest conquest, honors climbers

  • Kancha Sherpa, left, the only survivor of the first successful expedition to Mount Everest participates in a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Kancha Sherpa, left, the only survivor of the first successful expedition to Mount Everest participates in a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese women wearing traditional Sherpa attire participate in a rally to mark  the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese women wearing traditional Sherpa attire participate in a rally to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Amelia Rose Hillary, center, granddaughter of Edmund Hillary participates in a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Amelia Rose Hillary, center, granddaughter of Edmund Hillary participates in a function to mark the 60th anniversary of successful ascent of Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to set foot on the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest and is honoring climbers who followed the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

Among them is Italian Reinhold Messner who was the first climber to scale Everest without using bottled oxygen and the first person to climb all the 14 highest peaks in the world.

Nepalese officials offered flower garlands and scarfs and were taken around the city on horse-drawn chariots followed by hundreds of people who marched holding banners to mark the anniversary.

Hillary and Norgay reached the Everest summit on May 29, 1953. Their relatives were also honored at Wednesday's ceremony.