December 14, 2014

 On the occasion of International Mountain Day, Nepal Mountaineering Association organized Himalayan Host Countries meet, Himalayan Conference, Mt. Cho-oyu Diamond Jubilee, and Mountain festival. These programs were celebrated on 10th -12th December 2014 at International Mountain Museum, Pokhara. Under the chairmanship of Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha, main organizing committee was formed.

 

Inaugural Day- 10 Dec

Hon'ble Prime Minster Mr. Sushil Koirala inaugurated Himalayan Host Countries Meet, Himalayan Conference, Mt. Cho-oyu Diamond Jubilee Celebration and Mountain Festival in the special program organized at the premises of IMM on 10 Dec. Representatives of different travel related organizations, distinguished delegates, renowned Nepalese and foreign Cho-oyu Mountaineers were present in the program.

 

After the welcome speech of Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association chief guest Hon'ble Prime Minister inaugurated the occasion by watering on the plants. This was followed by distribution of certificate to Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, Mr. Wang Young Feng, Mr. Arnold Coster and Ms. Maya Sherpa by Hon'ble Prime Minster Mr. Sushil Koirala for their participation on the program. On the same occasion, Government of Nepal handed over Rs. 5,00,000/- (Five Lakhs) check to support the families of 16 deceased mountaineers who lost their life in the avalanches on Mt. Everest on 18th April 2014. The chief guest also released NMA's special publication; Nepal Parbat published to mark Mt. Cho-oyu Diamond Jubilee celebration.

 

Past President of Union of International Alpine Association (UIAA) and Chairman of Mountaineering Expedition Commission, Pierre Humblet and President of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal Mr. Ramesh Dhamala expressed their views on the same occasion.

 

After the inauguration program, NMA President Ang Tshering Sherpa chairede Himalayan Host Countries Meet participated by the delegates of Nepal, India and China. Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha, Director General Department of Tourism Tulasi Prasad Gautam, Charimand of Mountaineering Expedition Commission, Pierre Humblet and President of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal Mr. Ramesh Dhamala were also present in the meeting. There was huge discussion among the participants on the following agendas.

  • Climbing Regulation of the Himalayan host countries 
  • Verification on peaks of over 8000 meters
  • Impact of Climate Change on Himalayan livelihood
  • Common concern of Himalayan Host countries
  • Way forward for common understanding

11 Dec- Himalayan Conference

Himalayan Conference with the theme "Common Prosperity of Himalayan Community" was organinzed at IMM on the second day of the program. The conference was divided in two sessions and the first season was chaired by Mr. Suresth Man Shrestha, Secretary for Ministry of Tourism. 

1)      Representative from ICIMOD Dr. Rucha Ghate, Senior Governance Specialist delivered presentation on the Theme "Common Prosperity of Himalayan Community"

 

2)      Mr. Pierre Humblet, President of Mountaineering Commission UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) speak on Himalayan Mountaineering for Community prosperity

The second Season was chaired by Mr. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, DG of Tourism Department in which discussion was held on the following topics.

1)       Dr Ganesh Gurung delivered on the development and impact of tourism activity on Himalayan communities.

 

2)      Mr Kushal Gurung  delivered on available Innovation, knowledge, and technology for the prosperity of mountain community.

Closing Ceremony -12 Dec

On the final day of the program, closing ceremony was organized with the distribution of letter of appreciation to all the participants of the programs. Different culture programs were also performed in the same program. NMA President Ang Tshering Sherpa and Chairman of Mountaineering Expedition Commission, Pierre Humblet were present in the closing ceremony.

 

Ist International Mountain Festival:

Mountains are a great source for natural resources but also extremely vulnerable to current global challenges. Climate change, indiscriminate deforestation, land degradation and natural disasters adversely impact the life of mountain populations. The Annual Mountain Festival proposes to be a venue to address these issues and create space to develop resources for sound environmental and economically viable opportunities, ultimately improving the living standard of mountain communities. Following activities were carried out during the festival period.

  • Display/Exhibition Stalls @ IMM for Development partners and NGO/INGOs for their actions on Innovation/ Technology / Knowledge to offer Mountain Community for their livelihood and prosperity
  • Mountain based Indigenous Sports Display and participations for Fun as:
    • Archery
    • Chelo (Stone)
    • Mountain Biking Event and Competition (mountain Bike association)
    • Wall Climbing Participation @IMM
    • Mountain Food Festivals
    • Cultural performances
    • Mountain Musical Instrument performances
    • Sales counter for mountain produced articles and commodity

Mountaineering Film Screening (Coordinated by Rajesh)

 
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