47th Anniversary of NMA
November 2, 2020

On the 47th Anniversary of Nepal Mountaineering Association a virtual program was conducted through a zoom app with various participants engaged with the association on November 1, 2020. The program was moderated by General Secretary and Information Officer of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung.The program was inaugurated by the president of NMA Mr. Santa Bir Lama in presence of Chief guest Hon’ Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai by lighting the Candle.

Chief guest Minister for Culture,Tourism & Civil Aviation, Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai expressed a positive perspective towards the proposal of the president of NMA. He assured that he is ready to set up a permanent fund to help those who are involved in mountaineering in times of need.He added a permanent fund would be set up on behalf of the government and the NMA. He expressed, "My proposal is to create a long sustainable fund to spend for those climbers who are in danger of losing their lives. The government is ready for this. The government is ready to help in any way it can, not just money. " 

Likewise, he also requested to bring a concrete proposal for the Mountaineers Memorial Park in Kakani. "I have personally visited Kakani," he said, adding that "there is support from the government to build an international standard structure in the area." Further he added the successful ascent of Mt. Labuche and Mt. Manaslu by Royal guard Team of Bahrain and the member of the royal family from Qatar to climb the Mt. Amadablam, these visits of high profile tourists have spread a positive message of tourism in Nepal not only within the country but also all over the world. He is looking forward to open all the touristic activities in Nepal following all the necessary health and safety protocols. 

 In addition, Advisor of NMA Dr. Ganesh Gurung suggested that now that NMA is 47 years young, two things need to be emphasized. He addressed the need for professionalism and economic self-reliance. Dr. Gurung said that at least 25 to 30 percent of the expenses should be raised on one's own. 

Mr. Santa Bir Lama, President of NMA delivered a welcome speech where he stated that  NMA has been working as a technical wing of the government in mountaineering. He said that even though the government had opened 176 mountains for climbing, there is not much publicity about it and if it is authorized to the NMA, it could be promoted. At present, NMA is managing 27 mountain peaks and raising royalties. The royalty collected by the NMA of which 45 percent of it is kept by NMA and remaining is distributed, 25 percent to the province government, 25 percent to the local government and 5 percent to the Nepal Mountain Academy. It spends 15 percent of it on administrative expenses and  on promotional work from the remaining amount. He also proposed a 'basket fund' to the government to help climbers, workers and businessmen involved in mountaineering in times of distress by collecting 10 percent from the mountain royalties raised by the NMA and the government.

Mr. Gurung presented a slideshow about all the activities of the organization till date.Representing all the tourism  umbrella organizations, Mr. Khum Bahadur Subedi,the  president of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) congratulated NMA on its 47th anniversary. 

The ceremony was concluded by the cake cutting ceremony in presence of the chief guest Director-General of Department of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Rudra Singh Tamang at the NMA Secretariat Office.It has been 47 years since the Nepal Mountaineering Association(NMA) was formed. On this particular  day, NMA would like to remember all the honorable and respected persons who joined us throughout the journey, especially Late. Mr. Kumar Khadga Bickam Shah, the founder president of Nepal Mountaineering Association. Celebrating the 47th successful years of the association, we NMA Family would like to thank each and every individual who has played a vital role in helping us grow. 

An official program was conducted at the International Mountain Museum (IMM)  Pokhara on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

In the program, three legends who made significant contributions in the establishment of Nepal Mountaineering Association and International Mountain Museum were honored. Wreaths were laid on the statue of Late Kumar Khadka Bikram Shah, Late Dawa Norbu Sherpa and Late Dr. Harka Gurung and Saplings were planted in the premises of IMM.

The chief guest of the event was Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung, General Secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association who was recently elected as a member of the Management Committee of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). Mr. Chiranjeevi Pokhrel, Chairman of Pokhara Tourism Council, an umbrella organization of tourism related organizations in Pokhara, Central Treasurer of Gurung Tourism Business Association Mrs. Bindumaya Gurung, President of Sanjivani Didibahini Center Mrs. Bina Gurung and Secretary Mrs. Kaushila Gurung, Mr. Hari Lamichhane, Member of the International Mountain Museum Committee, Mr. Shesh Kant Sharma, President of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Gandaki and staff of IMM also participated in the program.

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