March 2011

Nepal Mountaineering Association

Issue-58   

Committee formed- 7 March
A committee was formed under the convenership of chief of Tourism Industries Division, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation Mr. Laxman Bhatterai to publish book with the information on 326 peaks opened for climbing. The other members of the committee are as follows:

President- Nepal Mountaineering Association
President- Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal Mr. Ang Thsering Sherpa- Asian Trekking P Ltd
Mr. Lakp Sonam Sherpa- Thamserku Trekking P Ltd
Mr. Baburam Bhandari- Under Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation

Eco leadership Trekking Course- 11 March
Kathmandu Environmental Education Project organized Eco leadership Trekking Course from 7 - 11 March 2011 for tourist guides and leaders targeting Nepal Tourism Year 2011. The program is intended to emphasize on knowledge, practical demonstration and interactive approaches to develop and equipping eco-responsible theme. NMA has contributed two lach for the program from its environment conservation fund.

Mt. Everest Base Camp Concert- 14 March
Himalayan Sherpa & 7 Summit Foundation is organizing Mt. Everest Base Camp Concert from 23 March - 4 April 2011 with the slogan of Stop Global Warming! Save the Himalayas! The concert is scheduled to be started form 23 March at Mt. Everest Base Camp and continued till 4 April to address the impact of climate change in the Himalayas. The concept of concert is developed by Mr. A C Sherpa of Himalayan Sherpa & 7 Summits Foundation. Mr. Sherpa holds the record of ascending the seven highest peaks of seven continents in 42 climbing days. The basic objective of the program is to make aware local people about global warming and its effect to the environment and human life. The concert will start at Everest BC from 23 March, 26 March-Namche, 28 March-Lukla, 2 April- Solu and end in Kathmandu on 4 April 2011. (Details at www.himalayanfoundation-.org)

Press conference on Save the Everest Mission- 15 March
A press meet was organized on 23 March 2011 to inform about the Save the Everest Mission in the presence of Mr. Kishore Thapa, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation. Mr. Wonchu Sherpa President- Everest Summiteers' Association (ESA), Mr. Diwas Pokhrel, Secretary- ESA, Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Immediate Past President- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Mr. Deebas B Shah, General Secretary-NMA were also present in the program. The mission is going to be conducted on the occasion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 under the initiation of n (ESA) and Eco Himal. The mission aims to remove about eight tons for garbage from Everest and its trekking trails and liberate Mt. Everest and its surroundings from garbage by 2012. The program also intends to develop sustainable mechanism for responsible waste management, which can be replicated in other mountainous regions of Nepal. Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association and other national and international organizations are partnering with ESA to complete this mission successfully. The total estimated cost of the project is US $ 780,000. Press release

Visit with Tourism Minister- 17 March
The Executive Board of NMA visited with newly appointed Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Biswokarma on 17 March 2011. During the visit, NMA President congratulated him for being appointed as minister and wished for the success of his tenure. Immediate Past President Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa briefed him about its objectives, activities, training, International Mountain Museum, International Mountaineers' Memorial Park. Finally, Hon'ble Minister thanked executive board for the presence and assured further discussion with board on other mountaineering related issues in the future.

New rate for icefall route- 13 March 2011
The rate for the usage of Khumbu icefall route has been determined as US $ 400 and US $ 500 per pax for spring season of 2011 and 2012 respectively. Likewise, US S 2500 per pax has been determined for the usage of icefall route in winter, summer and autumn seasons.

Sankhuwasabha Tourism Festival- 22 march
Sankhuwasabha Tourism Festival is going to be held on 1 and 2 April 2011 at Kathmandu on the occasion of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 under the initiation of local people of Sankhusabha residing in Kathmandu. The festival is intended to showcase the cultural, tradition, local products of Sankhusabha.

Financial assistance for Da Gombu Sherpa- 24 March
NMA provided financial assistance of Rs. 5 lac to Ex- Executive Board Member of NMA Mr. Da Gombu Sherpa his treatment of gland cancer. He was also ex-convener of Training and Expedition Committee.

4th National Tourism Exhibition- 27 March
Nepal Tourism Board is organizing 4th National Tourism Exhibition from 10 - 12 June 2011 at Bhrikutimandap.

Cottage Industry Festival and National Industrial Exhibition
Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries is organizing Cottage Industry Festival and National Industrial Exhibition from 20- 24 April 2011 at Central Exhibition Hall, Kathmandu. The event is intended to provide information on Nepalese socio-cultural, ethnic and geography based products, potential natural resources of Nepal.

International Canyon Rendezvous
Nepal Canyoning Association is organizing International Canyon Rendezvous from 7-13 April 2011 in Syange, Marsyangdi valley en route the world famous Annapurna circuit trekking. The program to be held first time in Asia has the collaborative effort of Himalayan Canyon Team, France and Federation Francaise de Speleogie. 175 canyoneers are expected to participate in the event.

Training on leadership
Initiative Outdoor Leadership School is organizing trainings on Wilderness First Aid (3 days), Advanced Wilderness First Aid (5 days) and Wilderness First Responds (9 days) for interested the business professionals.