Himalayan Mountaineering center to be built in Katowice

Center for Himalayan Mountaineering and Science Center will be built in the southern Polish city of Katowice.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Katowice mayor Marcin Krupa signed a letter of intent on construction, equipping and maintenance of both centers. They are to be built by 2023.

Center for Himalayan mountaineering will be named after Jerzy Kukuczka, one of the most famous Polish mountaineers. It will be constructed near the place where he lived.

Jerzy Kukuczka was the second man in the world to climb all the eighthouseneers, all but one without supplemental oxygen. Due to financial issues, he pioneered a way of himalayan mountaineering, known as the alpine style. Using this style, mountaineers climb with only the absolutely necessary gear, using little or no porter support. Kukuczka died on Lhotse in 1989. He fell to his death after a secondhand rope he was using tore.

The Science Center will be similar in form to the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, consisting mainly of interactive exhibitions aimed at popularising science among young people.

The construction of the Himalayan mountaineering center is estimated to cost PLN 65 mln (EUR 15 mln), while that of the science center, PLN 325 mln (EUR 75 mln).