Inauguration of 4th Mountain Festival 2017 ( 11 & 12 Dec 2017)

December 12, 2017

Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) inaugurated 4th Mountain Festival by lightning panas and watering the plant. The guests and the participants of the program observed one-minute silence in memory of known and unknown mountaineers demised on mountains during mountaineering. The program was organized on the occasion of International Mountain Day- 11 Dec with the theme of Mountains under pressure: climate change, hunger and migration. The 4th Mountain Festival started with the cycle rally with the 40 participants started from the premises of International Mountain Museum. The main objectives of the festival are to enhance the livelihoods of mountain communities by promoting mountain products, protect the vulnerable mountain environment and promote mountaineering, mountain culture & sports. The various events for this year's Mountain Festival mainly with the following programs are going on inside the premises of IMM.

• Exhibition stalls
• Culture shows
• Open Climbing Wall
• Chello competition (Traditional stone throwing)
• Taro khel (Traditional archery)
NMA in coordination with MoCTCA, Nepal Tourism Board, ICIMOD, USAID, NMA Annapurna Chapter and other travel related organizations have coordinated to organize the program successfully. The program concluded with the vote of thanks of NMA President Santa Bir Lama.

Conference on Mountains under pressure: climate change, hunger and migration

A conference on Mountains under pressure: climate change, hunger and migration was also organized at IMM to mark 4th Mountain Festival. Representative from USAID, Abisekh Shrestha-KIRDARC and Dr. Ganesh Gurung presented papers on Hariyo Ban, Climate Change and Food Security in the Mountain Region and Migration respectively. The program was moderated by Kushal Gurung- Festival Director. The presentation was followed by the discussion round on the questions raised by the participants.

In the same program, Mountain Legacy organized award distribution program of Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Ligacy Medal. NMA President Santa Bir Lama awarded Dr. John Reinhard, PhD with the medal for his contribution in the field of mountain and mountaineering.

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