December 30, 2017

The 27th Annual General Meeting of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) was concluded on 29th December 2017, Friday at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Durbarmarg. Ex-Past Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli was the chief guest of the program. High Level Government Officials, Advisors of NMA, different representatives from tourism sectors, tourism entrepreneurs along with the general members of NMA were present in the Annual General Meeting; Program was officially started with the National Anthem of Nepal and one minute silence in the names of different national & international mountaineers who lost their life during Mountaineering. The chief guest inaugurated the program program by watering the plant from the chief guest of the program.

Mr. Prakash Saran Mahat & Mr. Pradip Gyawali , the main guest of the program gave their speech focusing on the effects due to climate change on different peaks .

The chief guest of the program felicitated the following top ten resource members during the fiscal year 2073/074 for depositing the service charge by issuing the highest number of climbing.

  • Himalayan Ecstasy Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd
  • Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks & Expedition
  • Summit Nepal Trekking
  • Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd
  • Thamserku Trekking
  • Adventure Geo Treks
  • Satori Adventures Pvt Ltd
  • Asian Hiking Team Pvt Ltd
  • Multi Adventure
  • Mountain Monarch Adventure Pvt Ltd

A short description by the NMA Advisor & Convener of Award Selection Committee Mr. Shambhu Tamang regarding the criteria for selection along with the declaration of their respective names was given for Kumar Khadka Bikram Adventurous Award, Dr. Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award and Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Journalist Award. Chief guest of the program Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Tourism Journalism Award 2016 to Mr. Hari Gopal Pradhan, Mr. Chet Bahadur Adhikari and Mr. Prakash Khaling Rs.10,000 cash prize each. Kumar Khadka Bikram Mountaineering Award 2017 was awarded to Mr. Mingma Sherpa along with a medal, Dr. Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award 2017 was awarded to Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha along with a medal and Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Tourism Journalism Award 2017 was awarded to Mr. Ballabh Mani Dahal with a cash prize of Rs. 25, 000. The chief guest also handed over the letter of appreciation to Mr. Lhakpa Rangdu Sherpa for the exhibition of photos titled Hilary step to Mt. Everest ( Sagarmatha) to bring out the facts about Hilary Step has disappeared or not – Controversial as evidence for all. The Chief guest of the program also launched the book published by Sian Pritchard- Jones and Bob Gibbos and map regarding Makalu – Lumbasumba & Arun valley and East Nepal Trekking Kanchanjunga- Makalu- Lhotse –Everest( Trekking Map) . These were published under the support of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

In the remarks made by the chief guest, he mentioned about the importance of mountain and mountaineering for the development of our nation. He also assured his full cooperation on the agendas put forwarded by NMA President in his welcome speech. Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Maheshwor Neupane distributed scholarship cheques to the students supported under NMA welfare program, disable mountaineers and students supported under Mountain Disaster Relief And Education Support Fund (MDRES).

Tourism Secretary also handed letter of appreciation to ICIMOD, WWF and Ghorahi Cement P Ltd for their generous contribution in organizing Mountain Festival in International Mountain Museum, Pokhara since 2013. Then Tourism Secretary unveiled the log books to be distributed for the participants who complete UIAA accredited training called Mountain Leader Course conducted by NMA annually.

In the 2nd Session of the meeting NMA Secretary, Mr. Tikaram Gurung welcomed all the general members of NMA. General Secretary Mr Kul Bahadur Gurung presented the progress report of the fiscal year 2073/74 and Treasurer Mr. Sudarshan Neupane presented the financial statement of the fiscal year 2073/74 along with the annual program with budget for the fiscal year 2074/75. Project manager Mr. Suman Meher gave his presentation on the work progress of newly constructing NMA Secretariat building. After the presentation, the general members deeply discussed in the presented programs and budget and questioned General Secretary, Treasurer and other members of Executive Board on some matters related with the budget. After thorough discussion, the general meeting endorsed all the plan-programs and budget. On the same program, NMA President handed over the log books to the participants of Mountain Leader Course. Treasurer informed that three proposal were received for Audit of 2074/75 financial details and among them T.R Dahal and Associates was selected. Finally, NMA 1st Vice President Mr. Deebas Bickram Shah thanked all the general members for their presence and assistance in approving the programs for the fiscal year 2074/75.

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