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Alpinist Minoru Higeta, a member of a Japanese expedition that in 1956 became the first to conquer the 8,163-meter Mount Manaslu, was honored in Kathmandu on Saturday, the diamond jubilee of the mountain’s first successful attempt.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari handed a plaque of honor to the legendary climber, 85, while Communications Minister Sherdhan Rai offered him a khada, a traditional Buddhist scarf.

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