World Environment Day observed- 5 June
NMA celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 with the
slogan of Planet needs you- Unite to combat climate
change by organizing tree plantation program from Balaju
bridge to Shovabhagabati. Local people, trekking agencies,
representatives from various organizations participated in
the plantation program organized to create awareness the
importance of environment for us and our future generation.
A tripartite agreement was reached between NMA, Nayazaar
Land Pooling Project and Nayabazaar Land Pooling Consumers'
Forum to maintain greenery and cleanliness in the area from
Balaju bridge - Shovabhagabati bridge. As per the agreement,
NMA will depute two staff with its own expenses to take care
of that area for three years and handover the project to the
consumers' forum after the period.
NMA's election postponed-7 June
NMA taskforce decided to postpone
the scheduled election after it received instruction from
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to put off until
Nepali mountaineers to lead their
own destiny: Sherpa climbers First Ever Meet held on 21 June
(MountEverest.net/Reported by Ang Karma Sherpa) A historic
meet of Sherpa climbers was convened at the National Academy
Hall in Kathmandu on 21 June 2009 to address the woes and
difficulties of Nepali climbers and current mountaineering
related issues in Nepal.
This first ever meet of Nepali climbers in the history of
Nepali mountaineering was organized by the task force
committee formed by the government to steer the Nepal
Mountaineering Association (NMA).
inaugurated the gathering
600 Nepali climbers
The meet was attended by 34 regional mountaineers clubs,
mountaineering related association/agencies and
approximately 600 Nepali climbers and 100 expedition
Over 30 speakers, majority of them comprised of Nepali
climbers, spoke on various issues relating to the state of
Nepali climbers, Himalayan environment and special
provisions to be incorporated in the drafting of the new
constitution to address concern of Nepali mountaineers.
"Nepali mountaineers have come of age to lead their
In his welcome address, Nima Nuru Sherpa, member of the NMA
task force committee & convener of the Meet highlighted the
special role and contribution of Nepali climbers towards the
development mountaineering activities in particular and
tourism in general in Nepal.
He said, "We Sherpas of younger generation are indebted to
our forefathers for their hard work and integrity for the
glory they brought in the community and nationwide."
He added, "Mountaineering trends and scenes have changed and
our generation needs to be prepared to accept new challenges
both on the mountains and policy making level to give new
direction to mountaineering activities for the benefit of
all. I believe Nepali mountaineers have come of age to lead
their own destiny and this meet is to set the first
milestone in this regard."
Nuru Sherpa, Convener
Distinguished guests at the dais
One of the summiteers
expressing his view
Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, "does the state
know the plight of Nepali climbers when they get old?"
Recipient of National Geographic award of "Adventurer of
Year in Heroism in 2008" the savior in the storm on K2,
Pemba Gyalje Sherpa - co-convener of the meet - highlighted
problems of the Sherpas in the following words, "Although
small in numbers we have made a huge contribution to bring
glory to the nation. It is time the Nepali state recognized
the contribution made by us and this can be done by making
special provision in the drafting of the new constitution."
He added, "Does the state know the plight of Nepali climbers
when they get old and can work for expeditions no more? Many
of them have to walk bare feet, their children receive no
quality education and when they get seriously injured in the
mountains they get no prompt rescue and no good treatment
Highlighting the issue further he added, "when they become
old or permanently injured from accidents they are left to
die on their own - not to mention their widows and children
who have no one to support them..."
"Even renowned Nepali climbers are fleeing the country for
employment elsewhere because of the state's neglect. This is
going to cost Nepal heavily in the long run, as it will
create a void of experienced Nepali mountaineers for future
Pemba also expressed his concern that such a situation is
emerging because the Nepal Mountaineering Association,
founded to safe-guard the interest and welfare of Nepali
mountaineers, has long been run by non-mountaineers.
Mountaineering related agencies to be restructured;
guides to obtain international certificates
Nawang Nima Sherpa, member of Nepali Mountaineers’ Welfare &
Rights Committee spoke about the need of restructuring
mountaineering related agencies in order to recognize and
evaluate full potentialities of Nepali climbers in tune with
the changing times.
He also mentioned the government and concerned parties have
neglected important issues relating to mountaineering and
Nepali climbers such as:
- proper regulations to direct mountaineers conduct during
- timely reform in the role of liaison officers,
- adequate insurance,
- prompt rescue and evacuation of Nepali climbers during
- pension and welfare of retired Nepali climbers.
In view of the changing mountaineering trends and scenario
in the Himalaya mountains, he also spoke about further
upgrading mountaineering skills of Nepali climbers and need
for mountaineering schools to produce professional Nepali
mountain guides with international diplomas.
Lhakpa, "foreign climbers talk more about their yaks
than their Sherpas" - Junila, "parts of royalty fees should
cover help to injured Sherpas and their relatives"
Lhakpa Phuti Sherpa, president of Nepal Women Mountaineering
Association spoke about the decimation practiced by foreign
climbers and mountaineering associations. Quoting from her
experience of attending a mountain film festival in
Switzerland, she said, "Foreign climbers talk tirelessly
about our yaks but hardly mention a word about their
expedition Sherpas - who is going to speak about this double
Usha Bista, Everest summiteer and member of the 2008 Nepal
Women expedition to Everest said, "handing out certificates
and medals to mountaineers is no longer enough; has the
Nepali government done anything for Dharma Raj Rai, who
helped Nepali climber and oldest Everest summiteer Min
Bahadur Sherchan, 77, to reach Everest summit and lost
fingers on both hands in the process?"
Junila Subba, another woman Everest summiteer from the same
expedition spoke about the need of inclusion of Sherpa
climbers in the policy making body of the government and
launch welfare programs to support climbers and their family
in such need from the money raised from expedition royalty
Rescue resources, social security, climate change
President of TAAN, Jyoti Adhikari urged the government to
make arrangement for education and health and special
privileges in transportation and employment for Nepali
mountaineers and their families. He also requested the
government to take immediate initiatives in developing an
effective mechanism for the rescue of mountaineers, both
foreigners and Nepali, in case of accidents and selection of
liaison officers from Nepali climbers. He demanded social
security for climbers and their family after they retire.
Parliamentarian and Constituent Assembly members Ms. Shanta
Chaudari and Pasang Sherpa pledged their support to have the
interest and rights of Nepali mountaineers addressed in the
drafting of new constitution.
They also spoke about the need to save Himalaya from climate
change and revenues from mountaineering ploughed back for
the betterment of mountain people.
Policies are not enough; implementation is what
Former Secretary of Nepali Tourism Ministry Dipendra Purush
Dhakal said, "Pressuring the government to make policies to
address the woes and difficulties of Nepali climbers is a
work of a special nature. Drafting policies and regulations
alone is not enough; what is important is the implementation
and execution part."
Mr. Dhakal will help prepare a work paper on the meet to
present to the government and other concerned agencies.
Ranjan Krishna Aryal, concluded the Meet with the following
remarks: “I believe the issues raised in this Meet will
affect the government to amend the current mountaineering
rules and regulation for the overall benefit of
mountaineering activities in our country. I as a legal
person in the Ministry of Tourism will offer my best support
in this regard."
Ranjan Krishna Aryal, joint secretary at the Nepali's
tourism ministry and the convener of NMA task force chaired
the meet with veteran Sherpa Ang Rita gracing the meet as
the guest of honor.
Other prominent invitees included former secretary at the
Ministry of Tourism Dipendra Purush Dhakla; parliamentarian
and constituent assembly members Pasang Sherpa and Ms.
Shanta Chaudary; former NMA president Tek Chandra Pokharel;
Trekking Agent's Association Nepal (TAAN) president Jyoti
Adhikari and first Nepali teenager Everest summiteer Shambu
Citing complaints of monopoly and irregularities from Nepali
mountaineers and mountaineering professionals, last year,
Nepal's Ministry of Tourism directed the last elected
committee of NMA to resign en masse and consequently a 5
member task force committee was formed in replacement.
However in defiance to the formation of task force by the
government and in a rushed election a new NMA executive
committee was elected. This committee has so far failed to
receive approval from the Ministry of Tourism, hence forced
to work in 'exile'.
The Ministry of Tourism is the co-coordinating agency of NMA
for government related matters. An attempt by the task
force, with support from the majority of Nepali climbers, to
elect a new executive committee is on hold due to
Manaslu Cleaning Campaign 2009 -22 June
A team led by Nepal Women Mountaineers Association left on
2 June to conduct cleaning campaign of
25 days from base camp to Camp I of Mt. Manaslu. Ministry of
Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), Nepal Mountaineering
Association (NMA), Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking
Agencies' Association of Nepal sponsored the campaign.
Members from MoTCA, NMA, UNITRAV, Nepal Mountaineering
Instructors' Association, Langtang Tourism Development
Committee and Nepal Tourism Workers' Association are
participating in the cleaning expedition. The estimated
budget for the campaign is Rs. 11,50,800/-. NMA taskforce
Mr. Ranjan Krishna Aryal saw cleaning team off on 22 June at
NMA Convener saw cleaning
team off on 22 June at secretariat