15th international Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Day is celebrated today with special events in Kathmandu. In an initiation of the Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), various 55 tourism organizations celebrated the special day together.
A rally was organized early in the morning with an army band playing various music. Around five hundred people participated in the rally with banners and placards with messages related to the pride of the Mt. Everest.
The rally started from thamel and marched to the Academy Hall kamaladi via kings way, hattisar. A formal program was organized at Academy Hall, where the chief guest of the event, minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Hon’ble Prem Ale, felicitated dozens of climbers including Mr. Nirmal Purja, Ms. Lhakpa Sherpa, Mr. Kami Rita Sherpa, Mr. Mingma Gyabu Sherpa with different awards.
The day is marked in the memory of the first-ever successful summit of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8845.05 meters) by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. Later in 2008, the government of Nepal decided to observe the day worldwide.
An organizing committee was formed to celebrate the day, in the chairmanship of secretary of ministry for culture, tourism and civil aviation Mr. Maheshwor Neupane whereas NMA was assigned as member secretary of the committee. The organizing committee coordinated the event.
Minister Ale felicitated famous climber Mr. Purja with Sagarmatha International Award with one hundred thousand amount. He also felicitated surveyor and Everest summiteer Mr. Khimlal Gautam, Climbers Mr. Tashi Lhakpa Sherpa, Mr. Mingma Gyabu Sherpa and Ms. Dawa Yangzung Sherpa with Tenzing-Hilary award.
Minister Ale on behalf of NMA, also honored two world record holder climbers Mr. Kami Rita Sherpa and Ms. Lhakpa Sherpa with certificates of appreciation for their achievement. Kami Rita broke his own record to be the world’s first person to successfully ascend Mt. Everest for the 26th time. Ms. Lhakpa also broke her own record to be the first woman in the world to successfully ascend Mt. Everest 10th time.