October 2007

Nepal Mountaineering Association


Donation received- 1 October

French nationals Mr. Mehdi Laurent and Mr. Damien Huchet donated 12 points semi automatic crampons (Italian made) to NMA on 1 October. The crampons were found in Dhaulagiri area during their trek in the region.

NMA affiliated with NOC- 2 October

NMA has become the first association to receive affiliation with Nepal Olympic Committee for it's active involvement in the promotion of various activities related with adventure sports in Nepal.

Maoist leader visited IMM- 5 October

Maoist leader, the Central Committee Member, Dev Gurung visited International Mountain Museum on 5 October 2007. During his visit, he inspected IMM with deep interest and assured his full cooperation for the promotion and development of IMM.

NMA Peaks renewed - 8 October

Government of Nepal renewed the authority of NMA to issue permits for the 15 peaks categorized as Group A NMA Peaks for the next five years.

US Ambassador in IMM- 13 October

US Ambassador Her Excellency Ms. Nancy Powell visited IMM on 13 October 2007. She was very much impressed with the efforts of NMA to conserve and manage the culture of Nepalese mountain areas and the history of mountaineers.

NMA's participation in Int'l meetings - 17 October

NMA participated in Adventure Travel World Summit 2007 (4-7 October), Annual General Meeting of UIAA (3-7 October), Plenary Meeting of International Federation of Sports Climbing (3-7 October) and Meeting of UAAA (3-7 October). NMA President Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, Ist Vice President Mr. Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, General Secretary Mr. Deebas Bikram Shah, Secretary Mr. Narahari Bhandari participated in Adventure Travel World Summit 2007, Annual General Meeting of UIAA, Plenary Meeting of International Federation of Sports and Meeting of UAAA Climbing respectively. Representatives from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA)- Mr. Dinesh Hari Adhikari- Joint Secretary and Mr. Khadananda Dhakal- Under Secretary attended the AGM of UIAA and UAAA Meeting respectively. Similarly, IInd Vice President Mr. Bhumi Lal Lama and Member Dr. Hari Shrestha also joined the meeting of UAAA Profile Publication Committee. Mr. Lama is the Chief Editor of the Editorial Board where as Mr. Shrestha is the member of Editorial Board. Members- Mr. Santa Bir Lama and Mr. Bijay Gurung also accompanied them in the meeting.

Nepal bagged the president of UAAA

General Assembly Meeting of Asian Council of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) held in Matsumoto, Japan elected unanimously Nepal as the President of UAAA. Nepal is the founder member of UAAA and has held the position of Vice President in 1995. UAAA is the umbrella organization of 26 Asian alpine clubs engaged in the promotion of mountain, mountain tourism and mountaineering environment.

The newly formed Executive Board is as follows:

  • Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa, President, Nepal Mountaineering Association- President
  • Mr. Li Zhixing-President, Chinese Mountaineering Association- Vice President
  • Mr. Lee In Jeong- President, Korean Alpine Federation- Vice President
  • Mr. Mohammad Hussein Havaei Tershizi- President, IRIMF- Vice President
  • Mr. Narahari Bhandari- Secretary, Nepal Mountaineering Association- General Secretary
  • Mr. Hank Hwang- Executive Director, Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association- Treasurer
  • Mr. Kazbek Bali from Kazakhstan Mountaineering Association and Executive Director of JWAF were also elected as Council Members.

NMA President made presentation on Global Warming & Glacial Physiognomy on International Mountain Environment Conference 2007 in Matsumoto.

Likewise, The Plenary Assembly of International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC) held in Matsumoto, Japan also approved the membership of Nepal of IFSC. Previously, Nepal was the provisional member of IFSC. The affiliation of Nepal with IFSC paved the way for the Nepalese to participate in the international sport climbing events.

Phungi Thanga Bridge completed

The Phungi Thanga Bridge, constructed with the financial assistance of NMA, completed making easier in the movement of transport in Khumbu area.