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Last Updated: Monday June 06 2005 15:08 GMT

Couple marry on top of Everest

Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa
It might not have actually been made in heaven, but by tying the knot on top of Mount Everest, a Nepalese couple brought their marriage pretty close.

Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa became the first people to get married on the peak of the world's highest mountain on 30 May.

They took their oxygen masks off long enough for a ten minute ceremony, to the surprise of other climbers.

They'd kept their plan secret as they weren't sure they'd both reach the top.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

The marriage was also unusual for Nepal because the pair come from different castes, or social groups.

"If some people are loving each other they have to get married," Pem Dorjee told the BBC. "That's why we want to give all Nepali people [the message] that people are people so there's no problem about caste."

Other couples have tried to get married on top of the 8,850 metre mountain, but had problems because they couldn't get up to the peak together.

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