May 2006

Nepal Mountaineering Association

Issue-3   

Donation - 1 May 2006

The NMA Secretariat meeting held on 1 May 2006 decided to donate Rs.15,001 ( Rs. Fifteen thousand one ) in Janaandolan Primary Treatment Fund.

Honorary Representative- 3 May 2006

NMA has appointed Mr. Olav Myrholt of Deurali Associates of Norway as an Honorary Representative of Nepal Mountaineering Association to Norway. Similarly, NMA has appointed Mr. Kageyama Shigekazu of Japan as an Honorary Representative of International Mountain Museum, Pokhara to Japan. NMA hopes that both the appointees will help in the promotion of mountain tourism of Nepal worldwide.

Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal-7 May 2006

Sir Edmund Hillary was in Nepal from 29 April 2006- 7 May 2006. During his stay in Kathmandu, NMA President Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa handed over the rescheduled invitation of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Mt. Manaslu and Mt Lhotse scheduled on 11-13 December 2006.

Symbolic Celebration of Golden Jubilee of Mt. Manaslu & Mt. Lhotse- 9 May 2006

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse, a symbolic celebration was held on 9 May 2006. Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President, NMA welcomed all the guests present at the celebration. Chief Guest, Mr. Govinda Prasad Pandy- Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation inaugurated the program by lighting the panas. He also marked the First Cancelletation on the stamps of Mt. Manaslu (Rs. 25) and Mt. Lhotse (Rs. 25), issued by Postal Service Department of Nepal.

His Excellency Ambassador of Japan Mr. Tsutomu Hiraoka and His Excellency Ambassador of French Republic Mr. Michel Jolivet were also present in the program. His Excellency Mr. Hiraoka praised the program and assured that maximum numbers of Japanese participants are expected to participate in 11-13 December 2006. Similarly, His Excellency Mr. Jolivet stressed on the importance of program for the promotion of mountaineering tourism in Nepal. Mr. Gopal Thapaliya- President, Gorkha Tourism shade light on the various aspects of the cordial relationship between Nepal and Japan. Chief Advisor to NMA- Dr. Harka Gurung highlighted on the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu Expedition. Chief Guest Mr. Govinda Prasad Pandey appreciated the role of NMA in celebrating the Golden Jubilee Programs. Mr. Kumar Poudel- Secretary, Ministry of Information & Communication and Ms. Yangkila Sherpa- Advisor to NMA & Hon'ble Member of House of National Assembly was also present in the program.

JICA officials in International Mountain Museum (IMM) -11 May 2006

JICA Vice President Mr. Ueta, Regional Director and Country Representative Mr. Shinji Yoshiura visited IMM on 11 May 2006. IInd Vice President and Convener of IMM committe Mr. Bhumi Lal Lama and General Secretary Mr. Deebas Bickram Shah along with NMA Pokhara Chapter Board Members welcomed them at IMM premises. Mr. Shah also presented them the plans for the future development of IMM so that we hope to receive continuous support from JICA in the days to come. During their visit, Mr. Lama highly appreciated the support of JICA in bringing IMM to this stage and hope for the continuous support to IMM in the future.

Apa Sherpa sets record- 19 May 2006

Well-known mountaineer Mr. Apa scaled Mt. Everest for the 16th time on May 19, 2006 Friday. Mr. Sherpa along with two Sherpas and one American reached atop Mt Everest at around 10.50 a.m. on 19 May 2006, Friday. He conquered the peak as a Head Guide of the American expedition group 'Team No Limit' comprising 12 foreigners and 14 high altitude guides. Currently he is an advisor to NMA.

Artificial Climbing Wall in Pokhara - 22 May 2006

His Excellency Michel Jolivet, Ambassador of French Republic inaugurated the Artificial Climbing wall built in the International Mountain Museum Pokhara premises. Embassy of French Republic funded Rs. 7,00,000.00 to build the wall. The wall is 21m 40 cm in height covering the area of 196 square meter in a pyramid shape.

In the program, NMA Secretary Mr. Narhari Bhandari gave a welcome speech. Henri Sigayret (Man behind the idea), who played a major role in building the wall, said that the construction of wall in IMM would help in the promotion of rock climbing to all the enthusiasts from al over Nepal and IMM itself. His Excellency Michel Jolivet, Ambassador of French Republic praised the activities carried out by NMA for the promotion of mountain tourism in Nepal. Hari Dhoj Tulachan, President, NMA, Pokhara Chapter thanked all the guests present in the program and hoped that the wall will be major tourism prodcut for Pokhara. He expressed his personal gratitude to His Excellency, Mr. Henri Sigayret and his family.

Central Board Meeting- 24 May 2006

The Central Board Meeting of NMA was held on 24 May 2006 at 2:00 pm at NMA Secretariat. The meeting welcomed the declaration of House of Representative-2063 and kept one-minute silence in the honor of martyrs who got martyrdom in the People Movement-2063. The Board Meeting discussed on various decisions of different committees and endorsed the decisions. The Board Meeting also decided to participate in UAAA Council Meeting (10-11 June 2006) and UIAA Asia Forum (June 17, 2006) meeting scheduled to be held in Chinese Taipei and New Delhi, India respectively. NMA President Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa will lead the delegation to Chinese Taipei. Mr. Deebas Bickram Shah, General Secretary and Mr. Vinaya Shakya, Chief Administrative Officer will accompany him. Similarly, IInd Vice President Mr. Bhumi Lal Lama, Members- Mr. Lok Bahadur Khatri ( Represent, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation) Mr. Narayan Sunder Shrestha, Mr. Sanata Bir Lama will participate in New Delhi under the leadership of NMA President. The Board Meeting also decided to call General Assembly- 2006 of NMA on 15 August 2006.

Felicitation of Everest Summiteer- 25 May 2006

NMA held a felicitation program at the NMA Secretariat in honor of Ms. Lakpa Sherpa, the first lady to climb Mt. Everest for 6 times. Ms. Sherpa reached at the summit on 11 May 2006, Thursday at 10:00 am Chinese time. She conquered from North East Ridge under the banner of International Everest Expedition 2006. She expressed her feelings for being the record holder in climbing Everest.

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