May 29, 2014

NMA President is leading the delegation team of NMA to participate in Council Meeting of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) to be held in Hong Kong in 30 May and 1 June 2014. Secretary Rajendra Man Shrestha and Treasurer Tikam Ram Gurung are accompanying him for the meeting. The meeting is organized by China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union(CHKMCU).

Highlights of the remarks of NMA President of UAAA Council Meeting:

Mountaineering Disaster Relief and Educational Support Fund (MDRESF).
On the 18th of April 2014, a huge avalanche in the icefall section between base camp and camp 1 on the climbing route of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse caused the death of 16 Nepali climbers. NMA's Executive Board Member Mr. Dorje Khatri was also amongst the fallen sherpas.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) considers all the Nepalese climbers who lost their lives and those still missing in the avalanche as equal and will make sure that their families will not be ignored in the course of receiving financial assistance from the welfare fund.
It is also worthwhile to mention that Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MOCTCA) had already decided to give us the responsibility to look after the management of education of the children of the deceased mountaineers. That is why we are in the process of creating basket fund for the support of surviving family members. Hence we have created an account named Mountaineering Disaster Relief and Educational Support Fund, briefly called MDRES Fund, in which  donations received from all the around the world will be deposited. The fund will be used for the support of children of mountaineers died not only on 18 April, but also for the children of deceased mountaineers, who may lose lives in future Himalayan expeditions.
This one door policy initiated by the government to efficiently manage the welfare fund is greatly appreciated.
A committee is formed with following members:
1. Convener: Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa – President, NMA
Members:
2.  Mr. Santabir Lama - 1st VP NMA
3.  Mr. Deebas Bikram Shah - 2nd VP NMA
4. Mr. Thakur Raj Pande - GS NMA
5. Mr. Rajendraman Shrestha - Secretary NMA
6. Mr. Tika Ram Gurung - Treasurer NMA
7. Chief of Mountaineering Section, Government of Nepal
8. Miss. Chhurim Sherpa - Central Executive Member NMA
9. Mr. Pertemba Sherpa - Renowned Mountaineer and Advisor NMA
10. Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa - Convener- Medical and Rescue Committee, NMA
11. Mr. Dawa Gyalgen Sherpa - Convener - Welfare Committee, NMA
12. Mr. J.P. Lama - Member of NMA
13. Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa - Member of NMA
Associate Members:
14. President, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal
15. President, Expedition Operators Association of Nepal,
16. President, Himalayan Rescue Association
17. Director, Nepal Tourism Board
18. President, Nepal National Mountain Guide Association
19. President, Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association
The detail of the fund account number is mentioned below.
Bank name: Nabil Bank Ltd
Address: Maharajgung, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swift: NARBNPKA
Account Name: NMA-MDRES FUND
A/c no: 1501017500227
Similarly, the ministry is also planning to handover NMA the management of few more peaks and from the income generated, certain amount of the fund will be used for MDRES FUND.
It is worthwhile to mention that Seven Summits Actions for Sustainable Society (SSASS), Japan should be appreciated for its generous support for the surviving members of the climbers. Ken Noguchi, President of SSASS, who initiated and showed interest to support for the families, hence he committed to support of US $ 100,000.
I would like to extend my request to all friends of Nepal to help in achieving our objectives.
Thank you once again.
Ang Tshering Sherpa
President
Nepal Mountaineering Association
Newly opened 104 Peaks including UAAA Peak:

Peaks below 5800m are free for climbing:
Diamond Jubilee celebrations of various 8000m Peaks
As the year 2014 marks the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt. Cho-Oyu, NMA has suggested that the government should waive the Royalty Fee for Mt. Cho-Oyu for that year. In the past 20 years only 2 climbers have ascended Mt. Cho-Oyu from Nepal side, so this decision to waive off the Royalty Fee may encourage and increase the number of climbers attempting to climb Mt. Cho-Oyu. Similarly, the same should be done for the Diamond Jubilee of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu in 2015 and the Diamond Jubilee of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse in 2016.
It is important for the Government to celebrate these anniversaries as they help in bringing media attention to Nepal’s tourism industry, promote the peaks specifically, boost up the image of Nepal and provides appropriate opportunities for Nepal to announce the developments and introduce new changes to improve mountain tourism.

Construction of International Langtang Mountaineering School:
As per the objective to produce skilled human resources, NMA has decided to construct another mountaineering school of international standard at Langtang.

Peak Profile
Government of Nepal has formed a 19 member Peak Profile sub-committee under my convener ship.
The Government of Nepal assigned 496 peaks to the committee to prepare the detail peak profiles. The profile will contain all the detail information of mountain in digital format as well as booklets, which will make easier to plan for the expedition teams. I am leading Peak Profile Preparation Committee with 19 members from various expert and technical fields. The following are the lists of members in the committee:
1.    Convener : Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Tourism Expert and President of NMA
2.    Member:   Mr. Bhuddi Narayan Shrestha, Former Director General of Survey & Topography   Department, Government of Nepal
3.    Member – Dr. Hari Prasad Shrestha – Tourism Expert
4.    Member – Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa – Environment Expert
5.    Member – Mr. Deepak Sharma Dahal – Mapping Expert
6.    Member – Mr. Ang Norbu Sherpa- Mountain Guide
7.    Member – Ang Phurba Sherpa - Mountaineer
8.    Member – Man Bahadur Khatri - Mountaineer
9.    Representative – Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
10.    Representative – Survey and Topography Department, Gov. Of Nepal
11.    Representative – Nepal Mountaineering Association
12.    President – Trekking Agents Association of Nepal
13.    President – Expedition Operators Association of Nepal
14.    President – Nepal National Mountain Guide Association
15.    President – Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association
16.    Representative – Nepal Army
17.    Representative – Nepal Police
18.    Representative – Nepal Arm Police
19.    Member Secretary – Mr. Jinesh Sindurakar – CEO, Nepal Mountaineering Association

Waiver of Visa Entry Fee for Mt. Everest Summiteers
NMA is also lobbying to government to waive visa fee for Everest Summiteers (Only those who summitted from Nepal side of Mt. Everest). We think this will make Mt. Everest climbers who are honored in foreign countries participate in the promotion of Nepal’s mountain tourism. In addition to this, Mt. Everest summiteers should be provided with an identity card to express the appreciation and value that is placed upon them by Nepal.
Suggestions regarding Liaison Officers Team:
It is now widely accepted that the current policy regarding the assignment of a Liaison officers on every permit has become impractical, inconvenient and unnecessary costly to the expedition teams. Furthermore, incapable and un-present liaison officers on our Mountaineering peaks have become an embarrassment to Nepal and is harming Nepal’s image internationally.
Therefore, it is necessary for the government to create an integrated Liaison Officers’ team with their own independent camps from where they can work effectively. The camps must be equipped with hand held and base set radios, telephones/mobile phones, satellite phones, satellite Internet and fax machines (for official documentation).
Currently, it is mandatory for an expedition to be assigned a Liaison Officer to peaks above 6500. It is clear to see in the statistics that this has made these peaks less attractive to climbers, due to the high cost of accommodating a Liaison Officer.  We therefore recommend that the minimum altitude for a Peak that requires an L.O. to be 6800m. This is in accordance with the practice in our neighboring countries.

Proposal of Rescue Cell Establishment:
Climate Change will continue to play a major role on Himalayan climbing and there is very little Nepal can do to stop this. However, it is critical for us to adapt. As it is becoming clearer that climbing in the Himalaya is becoming more dangerous and technical as time passes, it is necessary for Nepal to create a Rescue Cell to respond to these new dangers to climbers. The Rescue Cell must be formulated from highly trained, fully equipped and experienced Nepali personnel from various disciplines and backgrounds.
The team must remain in a constant acclimatized state and be able to immediately dispatch in response to emergencies in the mountains. Nepal will need the technical and financial support of all UIAA member federations and governments to make this project a reality.

Regarding Human Waste management on the Mountains
The Government must make mandatory the use toilet bags above base camp for human waste management and to make the concerned agency responsible for the proper disposal of those bags by bringing them down from the mountain and disposing of them as prescribed by the local authorities.

 

 
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