NMA has always accorded deep respect and has kept its tradition of honoring mountaineers. However, the hazards of mountain climbing are always there. It needs no mention that tragedies do occur on the high mountains which sometimes proves unavoidable.
As an attempt to reduce tragedies of fatalities, NMA has been conducting mountaineering training to interested people. The mountain climbing training that NMA has been conducting since many years has reduced the number of accidents in the Himalayas. This is a great achievement for an association that works on a no-profit basis.
The safety and welfare of the mountaineers has been its guiding principle. But, at times, tragedies cannot be avoided and the fury of nature in the form of snowstorms, avalanches and so on have led to the death of a number of mountaineers including the famous ones. The hazards of mountaineering are always there and the only way to mitigate them is preparation.
Those who succeed receive the limelight but those who die are forgotten after some time. This is the basic reason why NMA is establishing the International Mountaineers Memorial Park to perpetuate the memory of those mountaineers who have passed away. It is NMA's conviction that the deceased mountaineers must be paid respect even though they are not with us. Their endeavors and courage even during adverse conditions must receive attention. Likewise, many mountaineers have met unfortunate death while on the mountains. They also must be respected and honored.
With this sacred objective in our mind, we have started to construct International Mountaineers' Memorial park at Kakni. In order to meet our objectives, Government of Nepal granted us 144 Ropanis of land at Kakani in 1996. The foundation laying ceremony was held on May 28, 1998 on the occasion of Visit Nepal-98. Since then, with our limited budget, we have built shed for gatekeepers, 1000m long fencing wall, and toilets.
Presently, we are working on master plan proposed to develop park as one of the finest newly added tourism product in Nepal. The master plan includes memorial park, recreation center, conference hall, picnic spot, helipad etc. The Mountaineers Memorial Park could also be instrumental in attracting tourists as well as people from within the country so that they would be able to learn the risks that mountaineers face while on expeditions. They will also realize that mountaineering involves great dangers and those who face it must be respected.
• Mr. Bhumi Lal Lama- IInd Vice President
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