December 20, 2016

 

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) organized “3rd Mountain Festival” from 10-11 December, 2016 at International Mountain Museum (IMM), Gharipatan Pokhara. It is held annually to observe the International Mountain Day on 11th December as designated by The United Nations General Assembly and has been celebrating it since 2003. This year’s theme for the International Mountain Day was “Mountain Cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”.
The main objectives of the event were to:
• enhance the livelihoods of mountain communities by promoting mountain products,
• protect the vulnerable mountain environment, and
• Promote mountaineering, mountain culture & sports.

Hon'ble Population & Environment Minister, Mr. Jaya Deep Joshi inaugurated the festival by watering on the plant. Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Mr. Shankar Adhikari, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal Ms. W. Swarnalatha Perera, & Regional Program Coordinator of ICIMOD Dr. Rajan Kotru were also present in the inauguration program of Mountain Festival on 10th December 2016.

In the festival, there were about 40 stalls focused on technology and innovations for conservation of energy, mountaineering environment, food of different ethnic groups, products of mountaineering area. Side events such as Archery and Chhello were also conducted. More than 17000 people observed the festival in two days.

 
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