Press Conference: 10th November 2016

November 11, 2016

We would like to inform you Mt. makalu Kanchanjungha Diamond jubilee Celebration Main Organizing Committee organized a Press Conferenceon 10th November 2016 at 3:00 pm at NMA.




* Mt. Makalu (15 May 1955) & Mt. Kanchanjungha (25 May 1955) Diamond Jubilee Celebration program


* International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Nepal


* The General Assembly of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA)




Government of Nepal has formed Mt. Makalu& Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee Celebration Main Organizing Committee chaired by Mr. Shankar Prasad Adhikary, the Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).


Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is the Member Secretary of the Main Organizing Committee.


On the occasion of completion of sixty years of first successful ascent of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha, we are celebrating Mt. Makalu &Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee Celebration with special programs in Kathmandu and Mt. Makalu Diamond Jubilee at Chichila Danda, Khandbari in Sankhuwasabha district on 21 November and Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee at Suketar Bazar in Taplejung district on 22 November, 2016.


May I recall the first successful ascent of first 8000m peak, Mt. Annapurna I by Maurice Herzog and Luis Lachenal on 3rd June 1950, Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgya Sherpa on 29th May 1953, then came the year 1955, when Jean Couzy and Lionel Teray of France successfully set the first foot on the top of world’s fifth highest peak Mt. Makalu on 15 May 1955. Similarly George Christopher Band and Joe Brown of UK successfully set first foot on the top of world’s third highest peak Mt. Kanchanjungha on 25 May 1955.


These early mountaineers are the sources of inspiration for current and future generations. They opened the gateway for mountain tourism in Nepal. They encouraged the climbers and mountain lovers to continue their pursuit in carrying out mountaineering climbing expedition to all other 8000m high peaks in Nepal, Pakistan, China and India.


Every diamond jubilee and jubilation that we have celebrated in the past had its own importance. Indeed, this 60th jubilation of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha are also a unique one with a special importance. In other word, during this difficult moment of post earthquake and post border blockade scenario, to organize this 60th jubilation on Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjunga has raised a ray of hope in complete recovery of our tourism industry and its sub-sectors.


We are celebrating these events not only in honor of all the veteran summiteers but also in honor of all those who have lost their lives and who became disabled during creating mountaineering history in the past. On the other hand, this celebration, we do hope, will work as the medium of promotion of Nepalese mountain tourism globally.


While celebrating the Golden Jubilees a decade ago, Government of Nepal has reduced the mountaineering expedition royalty fee by making it half. We highly appreciate these steps and hope that these types of decision will be continued in the days ahead. Such types of commitment from the government will help to increase the number of expeditions and mountaineering activities in Nepal Himalayas in future.


It is a matter of privilege that these events are being held in Nepal simultaneously. It is a very important occasion as the impact of climate change and global warming threat has no left Nepal Himalaya untouched and it is matter of serious concern to all of us, if the trend continues the impacts like the disappearance of the glaciers and the rising sea levels catastrophic for the human kind not only here but elsewhere in the world.


Hence, it is of utmost importance that all should join hands in trying to come up with viable solutions whereby the impact of climate change and global warming can be reversed giving a new lease of life to mankind as a whole.


Our knowledge of mountain geography and ecosystems allows us - to be highly influential witnesses to climate change in our time and to extend that influence beyond the Himalayan community to everyone around us. We must put our efforts in improving the fragile mountain environment, developing the mountaineering and climbing activities and promoting mountains as a center of sports activities and providing livelihood support for the mountain communities.


Our mountains are our heritage, glory, prestige, identity and future of our nation. The mountain region needs conservation and sustainable development for present and posterity.

Mountains have always remained respected and the relationships between man and mountains have remained strong all through the ages. This makes it all the importance to re-new our efforts for the conservation of the mountains, specially the fragile Himalayas.


The efforts of all the nations are required to prevent the deterioration of the fragile mountain environments, so that the survival of human kind is guaranteed.


Our efforts to recognize and protect the enormous value of mountain areas as reservoirs of biological diversity and natural resources essential to humankind as a whole; as places of great spiritual and historic interest; as places of ecological significant; the huge masses of ice is serving as water tower for four billion of world’s people; as places with spectacular natural phenomena associated with climate and geology.


The Himalayas are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change; global warming; earthquake and other natural calamities. The impacts of the devastating earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 on 25 April 2015 followed by more than 400 aftershocks with magnitude up to 7.3 has been disproportionately greater in remote mountain region of Nepal.


Tourism plays a significant role in Nepal’s economy by employing a major share of the Nepalese workforce and provides economic opportunities to those who need them most in rural mountain regions. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, recovery of Nepal’s tourism is going to be a vital factor in the recovery process of Nepal.


Safety conditions being the major concern of potential visitors to Nepal, the mountain tourism community has taken the concern very seriously and has also taken measures to review areas of safety concern and improved them.


Tourism is one of Nepal's most important industries, income and employment generator and key to develop the remote areas. It is in our collective interest from private sector, government and the development partner to increase the number of visitors to Nepal and at the same time does not compromise the safety and security of the visitors.


More than anything else, we need to get people back to work so that they look after themselves, that means we need to get tourism up and running as it is the biggest employers as industries.


We believed that this very important Diamond Jubilee Celebrations can play a tremendously effective and powerful role in spreading the word in the world that Nepal is save travel. We need to let the world know that the best way to help Nepal is by visiting her so that each dollar they spent in Nepal will help to revive the economy and rebuild the infrastructures.

The program will be celebrated in the presence of Rt. Honorable President of the Federal Republic of Nepal as Chief Guest.


The program will be celebrated in the presence of Rt. Honorable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Ministers, national and international Makalu and Kanchanjungha summiteers including high level officials, renowned climbers, parliament members representing mountain regions of Nepal, diplomatic missions, mountaineering and mountain related organizations, mountain environment related organizations, NGOs and INGOs.


Also, the International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Nepal and the General Assembly of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) has been scheduled for 18-19 November 2016 in Kathmandu.


The introduction of the following programs followed by the objectives arefor your convenience.


Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee Celebration:


Nepal shares over hundreds of mountains with India and China located at the borders and Mt. Kanchanjungha and Mt. Makalu are some of them. The height of Mt. Kanchanjunga is 8586m and is the third highest and Mt. Makalu is 8463m and is the fifth highest mountain in the world.


Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha was the fifth and third 8000 meter peak to be climbed, after Annapurna on 3 June 1950, Mount Everest on 29 May 1953, Nanga Parbat on 3 July 1953, K2 on 31 July 1954, Mt. Cho-oyu on 19 October 1954, and Mt. Makalu on 15 May 1955 by Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray and Mt. Kanchanjungha on 25 May 1955 by George Band and Joe Brown successfully ascended these mountains and became the first successful expedition team to do so.


On the occasion of the completion of sixty years of the first ascent of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha, we are organizing the Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee Celebration in the presence of national and international summiteers in Kathmandu, Sankhusabha and Taplejung respectively.


International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Nepal:


The International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquake in Nepal is taking place on 18-19 November 2016 with the theme "Common Prosperity of Himalayan Community and Challenges of the Protection of Fragile Mountain Environment and Ecosystems".


The conference will also interact on Tourism Activity for the Prosperity of Himalayan Community, Climate Change Impact on Livelihood of Himalayan Community and Development of Innovation, Knowledge, and Technology for the prosperity of the mountain community. The conference will have the participation of high level officials from different government ministries, NGOs and INGOs, corporate houses, professors etc.


UAAA General Assembly 2016:


The General Assembly of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) will take place on 18November 2016 in Kathmandu. The agenda for the meeting has been set as follows:

  • Climbing Regulations of the Asian Countries 
  • Impact of Climate Change on Himalayan livelihood
  • Common concerns of Asian Countries
  • Way forward for common understanding


Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) will also release its special publication, Nepal Parbat on the occasion.


Felicitations of Makalu and Kanchanjunga summiteers and show of cultural programmes from the Himalayan communities and talk shows will also be conducted.


We have tried our best to make this program an excellent opportunity for familiarization with mountaineering livelihood, culture and modern technology experiences in the mountain region for the conservation of mountains and its people.


Besides this, the resolution from the conference will be declared, which will be an added value for the promotion of our mountain tourism.


Thank you.

With best regards

AngTshering Sherpa

Member Secretary, Mt. Makalu& Mt. Kanchanjungha Diamond Jubilee Celebration Main Organizing Committee


President, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)

P O Box 1435, Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu

Phone: 977-1-4434525 / 4435442

Fax: 977-1-4434578


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