Celebration of 44th NMA Day

November 01, 2017

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 44th Anniversary at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on 1st November 2017. Mr.MaheshworNeupane, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA)  was the chief guest of the program and Mr. Dinesh Bhattarai , Director General was the special guest of the program. High level government officials, NMA Executive Board Members, NMA Ex-Advisors, NMA Ex- executive board members, NMA Staffs and representatives from different tourism related organization attended the program.

After the welcome speech by NMA First VP Mr. Deebas Bickram Shah, the chief guest inaugurated the program by watering the plant. The program observed one-minute silence in memory of known and unknown mountaineers demised on mountain during mountaineering.

Mr.ShambhuTamang, Convener of Award Selection Committee mentioned about the criteria and procedure that were followed for the selection of award receivers and announced the name of the award receivers, which are as follows:  

  1. Late Kumar Khadka Bikram Adventurous Award -  Mr. Mingma Sherpa was chosen for being the first Nepali to climb 14 mountains above 8000m.
  2. Dr. Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award – Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha was chosen for his contribution in publishing different articles & books relating to mountains, mountain regions and border issues.
  3. Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Journalist Award – Mr. Ballav Mani Dahal was chosen for  his continuous effort since two decades in promoting mountain tourism through the publication of different articles in the national media like The Rising Nepal.

Founder member of NMA, Mr. Shambhu Tamang informed briefly about the history of NMA with special focus on the respected personnel involved in founding NMA in 1973.

The award receivers were selected by Award Selection Committee which was headed by Mr. Shambhu Tamang and other members of the committee are as follows:

Mr. Nima Nuru Sherpa,

Mr. Bodh Raj Acharya,

Mr. Raju Silwal

Mr. Jinesh Sindurakar.

The award is scheduled to be distributed in the coming Annual General Assembly.

Chief Guest for the program also distributed certificates to the 44 participants, 12 instructors and 1 equipment in-charge of the 38th Basic Mountaineering Training conducted in Kathmandu and Manang from 8 June – 21 July 2017.

Director General of Department of Tourism- Dinesh Bhattarai shade light on the contribution of NMA to the mountaineering development of Nepal. He also updated the process of renewal of authority of NMA to issue permit for 12 mountains.

In the congratulatory speech of Chief Guest of the program Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, he clarifies the view of Ministry of Finance on the recent collection of royalty introduced by some local authorities. He also informed that the ministry is totally against such illegal collection and will make long term effect in out tourism industry, therefore, requested them for the immediate stoppage in the action. Mr. Neupane also suggested NMA to work as per the financial regulation of Government of Nepal and requested for the transparency in doing expenses from the fees collected after the issuance of climbing permit.

Finally, Santa Bir Lama- President of NMA thanked chief guest, special guest and other guests including journalists, general members for the participation despite the short notice. Mr. Lama also requested MoCTCA for the speedy implementation on the request of NMA to renew the authority to issue climbing permit. He assured that transparency in the expenses of revenue will be maintained and will definitely discuss with the ministry in the regards.

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