The 30th Central Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) was held on 10th April 2021 ( 28th Chaitra 2077), Saturday at Alice reception. Hon’ ble Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal was the chief guest of the program. Mr. Surya Thapa, press advisor of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Kripashur Sherpa, former tourism Minister, Mr. Mahadev Gurung, former tourism state minister, Mr. Yadav Prasad Koirala, Secretary of MoCTA and Mr. Chandra Rijal, Vice president of NTB were the chief guest of the event. Badges were distributed to the chief guest, special guests, chairperson and guests of the program.
Advisors of NMA, representatives from different tourism related organizations and general members were also present in the program. The nation was given tribute by playing the national anthem. Then, the program observed one-minute silence in memory of the demise of known and unknown mountaineers. After the welcome speech delivered by NMA President Mr. Santa Bir Lama, the Chief Guest for the program inaugurated the program by lighting up panas and watering the plants. Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, Chief Guest of the program and Mr. Yadav Prasad Koirala, Secretary of MoCTA , special guest of the program, officially inaugurated the Annual Magazine "Nepal Parbat".
The chief guest and the president honored the following five with certificates and doshallah who had given their special contribution in Mountain tourism of Nepal.
Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa
After the certificate distribution, the Chief guest delivered a short speech.Then, president of NMA, Mr. Santa bir lama gave a Token of Love to the Chief guest.
President of NMA handed over Kumar Khadga Bikram Shahashik Award to Dr. Wolfgang Nairz, Austria, Dr. Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award was given to Mr. Tadao Kanzaki, Japan and Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Tourism Journalism Award was given to Jagdish Tiwari and Arjun Pakhrin along with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- each.
The president felicitated the following top ten associate members (Trekking Agencies) for issuing the highest numbers of climbing permits for NMA peaks during fiscal year 2076/077
Himalayan Ecstasy Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.
Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks & Expedition
Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition P. Ltd.
South Col Adventures Pvt. Ltd.
Satori Adventures Pvt. Ltd.
Nepal Climbing Adventure P.Ltd.
Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition P. Ltd.
Apex Himalaya Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
In the same program, Seven Summit Treks was also awarded for their contribution in reviving the mountain tourism that was highly affected by the COVID. President also honored the retired account officer Mr. Meghraj Ghimire with Dirga Sewa Padak.
In the same program, NMA staff Mr. Thulo Kanchha Tamnag was awarded Employee of the year for fiscal year 2076/77.
General secretary of NMA, Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung and Secretary of NMA, Mr. Tikaram Gurung were also honored for being elected as a member of UIAA Management Committee and being nominated as a board member of Nepal Mountain Academy as per the decision of Government of Nepal respectively. Newly elected board members of Association of Kailash Tour Operators of Nepal were also honored with Khada by the President of NMA.
The first session of AGM concluded with the remarks from Mr. Haridhoj Tulachan, Mr. Khum Bahadur Subedi,President of TAAN, special guest Mr. Chandra Rijal, Vice President of NTB, Mr. Yadav Prasad Koirala, Secretary of MoCTA, and vote of thanks by NMA Secretary, Mr. Tikaram Gurung.
In the second session of the meeting, General Secretary Mr Kul Bahadur Gurung and Treasurer Sudarshan Neupane presented the progress report, financial statement of the fiscal year 2076/2077 with the annual program with a budget for the fiscal year 2077/2078. The general members deeply discussed the presented programs and budget and questioned the General Secretary, Treasurer on the matters related with the budget. After thorough discussion, the general meeting endorsed all the plan-programs and budget. Finally, Secretary Mr. Tika ram Gurung thanked all the general members for their presence and assistance in approving the policy, programs and budget for the fiscal year 2077/2078.