NTB and NMA felicitate world-renowned mountain climbers

20th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Apr 20: The Nepal Tourism Board, in collaboration with the Nepal Mountaineering Association, has felicitated eight world-renowned mountain climbers in a program at the NTB headquarters at Bhrikutimandap on April 19. The program felicitated veteran climbers Wolfgang Nairz, Reinhold Messner, Prof. Dr. Oswald Oelz, Prof. Peter Habeler, Prof. Dr. Raimund Magreiter, Robert Schauner, Hans Schell, and Helmuth Hagner.

The felicitation program was inaugurated by the CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, Deepak Raj Joshi, who commended the achievements by the renowned mountaineers, and requested their continued support in promoting tourism in Nepal.

Veteran Climber Wolfgang Nairz was the expedition leader for Manaslu South Face ascent 1972, Makalu South Face 1974, Everest 1978, and others. He was also the chairman of the NepalHilfe Tirol along with other projects like eye camps, establishment of schools in Bhotenamlang/ Sindhupalchok, etc. He spoke during the event that he has already visited Nepal 96 times since 1970, and that he wishes to take it to 100 by next year. He also said that Nepal is more than its mountains, rather it is the people, the culture, and the relationship between land and mountain.

Climber Reinhold Messner is one of the most famous mountaineers in the world, with many achievements in his belt. Messner was the first mountaineer to climb all 14 peaks in the world over 8000 meters. He was also the first, along with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without supplemental oxygen. He spoke about his endeavors to tell the stories of the mountains, during the course of which he has promoted Nepal's culture and tourism around the world. Messner said that he is looking to direct films about mountains, and that he will soon be busy shooting for his movies in Nepal.

Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Suresh Acharya, commended the veteran mountaineers on their lifelong efforts to promote Nepal around the globe. Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari said, "The whole world unanimously agrees that Nepal is the best practical university of mountaineering, climbing and adventure sports thanks to our naturally blessed peaks, terrains and rivers."

President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Santa Bir Lama, commented that the mountain tourism sector should develop according to the times, and that the support of the private sector is needed as equally as efforts from the government for the sector to develop.

The veteran mountaineers were felicitated by Minister Rabindra Adhikari, CEO of NTB Deepak Raj Joshi, and President of NMA Santabir Lama. Amongst other notable personalities in the event was Peter Hilary, the son of Edmund Hilary, who has followed in his father's footsteps and worked in the mountaineering sector, including valuable contributions in Nepal as well.