A group of 40 golfers were meant to play at the
base of Mount Kongde in Nepal's Solukhumbu region, at a height
of 4,250 meter (13,943 feet), which organizer Baahrakhari Media
group said made it the world's highest altitude golf tournament.
But bad weather with thick black clouds made it impossible for
most helicopters to fly in for the tournament, organized in a
push to promote tourism in Nepal.
Only four golfers made it in a small chopper to the one-hole
golf course that had been prepared just below the snow-line. Of
them, one managed to par the hole, while another bogeyed it.
Eight others teed off at another makeshift course in Syangboche,
located at an altitude of 3,880 meters (12,730 feet),
overlooking Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks.
"Although it was not a great, complete golf course but the very
fact that they could organize even one-hole golf at that
altitude of almost 4,000 meters was fun," said Bhagwan Koirala,
Previously, the highest golf had been played at was at an
altitude of 3,960 meters (12,992 feet) in the northeastern
Indian state of Sikkim, said Prateek Pradhan of the organizing
The remainder of the tournament will be played in Kathmandu at
(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; additional reporting by Reuters TV;
Editing by Devjyot Ghoshal and Himani Sarkar)
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