July 28, 2014

The half-day seminar on presentation of peak profile format was held in Kathmandu, Naxal Banquet on 25th July 2014 with the objective to gather suggestions, comments and feedbacks to make a peak profile with details of 492 mountain of Nepal. The program was conducted in presence of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhim Acharya as the Chief Guest.

After the welcome speech delivered by IInd Vice President Deebas Bkram Shah, Chief Guest for the program inaugurated the program by watering on the plants. The President of NMA, Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa briefed the objectives of this program and introduced the sub-committee members of peak profile. He said that it is a very remarkable decision of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to prepare peak profile of 492 mountains of Nepal and it will have all the detail information of peaks in digital format as well as in booklets, which will make it easier for teams to plan their expedition. He felt very glad to lead Peak Profile Preparation Sub-Committee and introduced its members to the program.

  • Convener: Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Tourism Expert and President of NMA
  • Member - Mr. Bhuddi Narayan Shrestha, Former Director General of Survey & Topography Department, Government of Nepal
  • Member – Dr. Hari Prasad Shrestha – Tourism Expert
  • Member – Dr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa – Environment Expert
  • Member – Mr. Deepak Sharma Dahal – Mapping Expert
  • Member – Mr. Ang Norbu Sherpa- Mountain Guide
  • Member – Mr. Ang Phurba Sherpa- Mountaineer
  • Member – Mr. Man Bahadur Khatri- Mountaineer
  • Representative – Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
  • Representative – Survey and Topography Department, Gov. Of Nepal
  • Representative – Nepal Mountaineering Association
  • President – Trekking Agents Association of Nepal
  • President – Expedition Operators Association of Nepal
  • President – Nepal National Mountain Guide Association
  • President – Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association
  • Representative – Nepal Army : Col. Sunil Rathor
  • Representative – Nepal Police : SSP. Pankash Shrestha
  • Representative – Nepal Arm Police
  • Member Secretary – Mr. Jinesh Sindurakar – CEO, Nepal Mountaineering Association Invitees: Mr. Thakur Raj Pande, Genera Secretary- NMA & Mr. Tika Gurung, Treasurer-NMA

He also explained that the main purpose of preparing detailed peak profile aims to creating employment opportunities, increasing national productivity and income, increasing foreign currency earning, improving regional imbalance and projecting the image of Nepal more assertively in the international arena through development and diversification of mountain tourism industries. He requested to all the guests for the valuable suggestions, comments and feedbacks will provide guidelines to prepare peak profiles more compatible and acceptable for the development and promotion of mountain tourism in Nepal. Please visit to his remarks at the interaction program which is enclosed below.

Constituent Assembly members representing from Himalayan regions, NMA Advisors, experts of mountaineering and mountain tourism, government officials, environmentalists, mountaineers, heads of different organizations and journalists participated in the interaction program.

Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, NMA Advisor and Former Director General of Topographic Department submitted an informative presentation on the contents of proposed peak profile format. Similarly, Technical expert Mr. Deepak Sharma Dahal gave a presentation on the progress report of the peak profile. Please visit Peak Profile Formats which is enclosed below.

 

Former Tourism Ministers- Ms. Yankila Sherpa and Mrs. Hisila Yami, CA members expressed their satisfaction on the decision being made to prepare the peak profile, which will be one of the very important document of our mountain tourism. Likewise, other participants also expressed their suggestions and comments on the format of the peak profile and requested to prepare the profile compatible for all the concerned.

Remark by Peak Profile Sub-Committee Convener and President of NMA- Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa

Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhim Acharya, Hon’ble Constitution Assembly Members, Hon’ble Former Ministers, Former Parliament Members, Respected Secretaries and high officials of Government of Nepal,Distinguished Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen and Media Friends.

On behalf of NMA and my own behalf, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you all in today’s Peak Profile interaction program. In this august gathering, I would like to express my views on the importance of mountaineering and mountain tourism, the significant importance of the detailed “Peak Profile” information, introduction of the team members who are performing this herculean task.

Nepal is a God gifted paradise nestled in the lap of the Himalayas with snow capped mountains, roaring river valleys, ancient preserved cities with towering pagoda temples, cordial friendly people and fascinating folk culture. Mount Everest has put Nepal at the top of the world’s map as an ultimate adventure tourism destination in the world. Nepal offers unique mountaineering, trekking opportunities and cultural experiences to visitors all year around. Other exciting opportunities are river rafting, rock and ice climbing, paragliding, kayaking, canyoning, bungee jumping, sky diving, mountain biking, bird watching, jungle safari, art and cultural experiences.

Nepal is a multi-geographic country situated in South Asia between the two giant nations of China and India. Nepal has a total area of 147,181sq.km. To the north is the Himalayan range, followed by mid-hills and the flat plains of the Terai to the south. It is a country with an extreme range of elevations. The lowest point is 67m above sea level and the highest point is the summit of Mount Everest at 8848m, making her the highest mountain in the world. The climatic condition varies accordingly.

The core of the mountain complex known as the "Himalayas" the "Abode of Snow" is the youngest and highest mountain system in the world. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word "Him" which means Snow and "Alaya" meaning Abode. The main Himalayas have series of lofty peaks and pinnacles separated by deep gorges. Each of these mountain peaks or Himalayas in turn send out a web of urges stubbed with numerous peaks. It is not just the height that gives the Himalayas their grandeur, but also the tremendous contrast with the deep valleys that wind between the peaks.

Ever since Nepal opened up its peaks to climbers way back in 1949, Mountaineering and Adventure Tourism has become one of the most popular practices of alluring thousands of adventure seekers to Nepal every year. The successful ascent of the first 8000m peak, Mt. Annapurna by legendary mountaineers, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950 was the pioneering milestone for all mountaineering activity in the Himalayas. Then came the year 1953, when legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa successfully set the first foot on the summit of Mt. Everest. These first historical mountaineering achievements has proved to be the stepping stone in generating interest and desire in mountaineers to climb the highest peak which grew more vigorously over the years. Numerous mountaineers were allured into climbing the highest peaks in the world including the other Himalayan peaks in Nepal. Early mountaineers are a source of inspiration to current and future generations.

Every mountaineer dreams of scaling the greatest peaks in the world. Nepal without a doubt is that ultimate destination for mountaineering. First and for mostly, Nepal is a mountainous country and home of the greatest mountain ranges on earth, the ‘Himalayas’. This unparalleled and stretches over 1200km series of the great Himalayas is the most vivid mountain drama existing on Earth and along with it has many of the peaks rising over 8,000 meters including Mt. Everest, the much famed and also the highest in the world. Rarely a few places on earth proffer such remarkable amalgamation of splendid natural beauty topped with snow capped mountains and an unequal opportunity of climbing most of the world’s highest peaks. Even till this day, the great Himalayan region is untouched and has always been fascinated and inspired a horde of people from all walks of life over and again

 

Many know that the highest mountains lie in Nepal but few know the warmth of the people of Nepal. It is this that makes Nepal a second home to those who have ever experienced her first hand. Nepal boasts over 100 different ethnic groups, each with their uniquely own language, culture and tradition. This multi-ethnic diversity, living in harmony for centuries, has weaved Nepal into one of the richest cultural tapestries in the world.

Nepal has been paradise for climbers where some of the most outstanding achievements have been made in the world of mountaineering. Nepal offers climbers more key stone activities than any other country in the world.

Nepal has identified 1913 peaks eligible for climbing. Their elevation ranges from 5500m to above 8000m. The Government issues climbing permits for 14 peaks that are higher than 8000m. Of the 1913 peaks, only 414 peaks are open for climbing. There are still 1500 unclimbed peaks in Nepal and most of the unclimbed peaks are in the region of west Nepal.

Mountaineering is a positive way towards sustainable development in remote regions where other than farming on a small land holding where there are no other avenues to earn a livelihood. The consequence of sole dependence on agriculture is that many men leave their villages or entire families migrate to cities in search of livelihood. Leaving the dignity of their mountain lives, cultures, traditions and the pristine beauty of their surroundings to lead a menial live in unhealthy conditions in a city. But with the advent of mountain tourism, semi skilled jobs are available and re-migration to their villages have been noticed. This allows them to have a family life. Therefore we could say that mountain tourism prevents migration and contributes to an overall economic development of areas that would otherwise be deprived.

Excellent planning of Great Himalayan Trail network acts as socio-economic catalyst for the development of rural areas the routes pass through.“A good basis for the process of boosting GHT networks has a great many effects, with one of its most striking qualities being its contribution to rural development, especially in areas that exhibit a significant degree of decline in socio-demographic and economic terms and with regard to traditional uses”. In such cases, it may prove to be pivotal for the social dynamics of the local community and a tool for aiding the recovery, maintenance and promotion of the region’s heritage. For this to be so, it is essential to involve the community in the different stages of the process. The various initiatives should focus on the local residents so as to help them improve their living conditions through rural development projects. Attention is drawn to some of the more significant contribution to rural developments.

 

Our mountains are our heritage, glory, pride, identity and future of our nation. Nepal Himalayas are the most attractive adventure tourism destination in the world and also water tower for 1.4 billion people in South Asia.

Considering the significant importance of mountaineering tourism, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal has formed the ‘Peak Profile Sub-Committee’ under my convenership to prepare the detailed Peak Profiles of 492 peaks in Nepal’s Himalayas. The profile will contain all information of peaks in digital format as well as in booklets, which will make it easier for teams to plan their expedition. I feel proud and honoured to introduce the ‘Peak Profile Preparation Sub-Committee’ members who are experts and experienced in different fields including mountaineering, tourism, border, mapping, environment etc. They are: As mentioned above…..

Preparing detailed “Peak Profile of 492 Peaks” is a Mega Project and Herculean Task but with the expert whom we have in our team, we can accomplish the task within the stipulated time frame.

It is note worthy to mention here that Nepal Mountaineering Association is fully committed to working for the welfare of the mountaineering expedition workers, their families and communities. Following the loss of lives of 16 climbing Sherpas on Mount Everest in the avalanches that occurred on 18 April 2014, the NMA has been working to provide supports for the families directly affected by this tragedy and also creates a long term, sustainable way to assist those affected by mountaineering incidents in the future.

Due to the limited resource that NMA has, it is not possible for us to manage all required fund for preparation “Peak Profiles, Mountaineering Disasters Relief and Educational Support Fund for the deceased mountaineers’ children” and so on. Therefore I would like to request the Government of Nepal to hand over the peaks that had been opened for climbing by the government but climbing activities couldn't be conducted till now to NMA. I would like to assure that the promotion of those peaks could be done properly if they are hand over to us as NMA is the active member of UIAA and it has cordial relation with the Alpine Associations/Federations of the world. The royalty generated from those peaks will be used to conduct the following programs:

  1. To establish a Mountaineering Institute of international level at Langtang: To develop mountain tourism as a secured occupation in Nepal requires capable manpower, so to fulfill this requirement we have decided to open a Mountaineering University at Langtang.
  2. To establish Mountaineering Training Academy/Institution in Solu Khumbu: In context of the requirement of capable manpower for the development of mountain tourism in Nepal it is now necessary to think about the establishment of Mountaineering Training Academy. The training centre will be establish with the consultation of experts in the field of mountaineering and as per the curriculum suggested by them.
  3. To open Mountain Hospital: We would like to recommend that a Mountain Hospital should be opened at Kakani for the treatment of climbers injured during the climbing process and also to provide medical facilities to the trekkers. It also seems necessary to open hospitals at Sama Gaun of Manang, Langtang, and Annpurna region.
  4. For the welfare of families of the deceased climbers: It is also worthwhile to mention that Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has 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 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 over 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 incident.
  5. To prepare a Peak Profile: The Government of Nepal assigned 496 peaks to the Peak Profile Sub 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.

Peace, Stability and Security of tourists, tourism industries, trade, commerce, industries, citizens and their property constitutes a fundamental and necessary environment for development. Without these pre-requisites, Nepal cannot graduate to Developing Nation by 2022 and the Vision 2022 will be useless and no development will occur. Therefore it is important that we must put our efforts to make the New Development Vision 2022 “Transforming Nepal into Developing Nation” a successful.

The main purpose of preparing detailed Peak Profile aims to creating employment opportunities, increasing national productivity and income, increasing foreign currency earning, improving regional imbalance and projecting the image of Nepal more assertively in the international arena through development and diversification of mountain tourism industries.

Before I conclude my finishing note, on behalf of NMA and myself, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Hon’ble Minister for his gracious presence in today’s program. Also I would like to extend our hearty thanks to all distinguished guests and participants.

Finally, I do hope that your valuable suggestions, comments and feedbacks will provide guidelines to prepare peak profiles more compatible and acceptable for the development and promotion of mountain tourism in Nepal.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Ang Tshering Sherpa,
Convener of Peak Profile Preparation Sub-Committee,
President of NMA,
Honorary Member of International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)

 
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