Everest summiteers feted on the 10th Int'l Sagarmatha Day

29th May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, May 29: Several mountaineers who climbed the Mount Everest on various occasions for social cause were honoured in recognition of their contributions to mountain tourism at a programme organized to mark the 10th International Sagarmatha Day here Monday.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) declared May 29 as the International Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) Day in 2008 to commemorate the first successful ascent of the highest peak in the world by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.

At the programme organized jointly by the MoCTCA and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in association with Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on the premises of the NTB, NMA awarded Japanese alpinist Ken Noguchi and American Richard Regan with the Kumar Khadga Bikram Adventure Award.

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Both received a tola of medal and a copper plaque.

Similarly, eight icefall doctors who fixed ropes and made paths to the summit of the highest mountain for the climbers for this season were handed over Rs 25,000 each with certificates.

The six expedition members from British Gurkha team who were among the first to scale the 8,848 metre tall mountain this season, were also handed over appreciation letters.

Also, Lhakpa Sherpa, a Nepali climber who set a new record by scaling the Everest for eight times was given an appreciation letter.

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Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sumitra Tharuni, awarding the Everest climbers, lauded the role of the climbers for promoting Nepal's tourism in the international arena through their adventurous feats.

Also speaking at the programme, Secretary at the MoCTCA Shankar Prasad Adhikari said that the partnership with the private sector would be made further effective to further promote the mountain tourism in the Himalayan nation like Nepal.

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It may be noted that the mountaineering is the highest revenue generator in the tourism sector of the country, where there are eight of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.

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NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi pressed for action-plans and programmes to attract as many as foreign tourists. The government has announced to observe 2018 as 'Visit Nepal Year' aimed at promoting tourism of the country and welcoming one million of tourists.

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NMA's President Ang Tshering Sherpa drew the attention of the stakeholders towards conservation and promotion of the Himalayas in the country including the Everest outside the country.

On the occasion, State-Minister Tharu affixed the first cancellation mark on the postage stamps depicting various majestic mountains of the country and published by the Nepal Philatelic Society.