A special photo exhibition corner dedicated to the late Maurice Herzog was inaugurated at the International Mountain Museum at Ratopairo, Pokhara on 27 November 2020. The team of Maurice Herzog, a French citizen, set foot on Annapurna I (8091 m) on June 3, 1950, for the first time in the world. Nepali climbers who were in the french team including Sardar Aang Tharke Sherpa were also included in the program. The book 'Annapurna' written by Maurice Herzog introduced Nepal to the international community and opened the door for tourism development.
The museum received very rare photographs related to the ascent, which are preserved in the personal collection of Elizabeth Herzog, wife of Maurice Herzog, as a gift via the initiative of the French Embassy in Kathmandu. This corner has been an important attraction for tourists, students and researchers who are interested in mountain activities, mountain tourism and mountaineering.
The exhibition of photographs was jointly inaugurated by Chief Guest of the program, Hon'ble Bikash Lamsal Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment,Gandaki province, Special Guest, French Ambassador Francois-Xavier Lager and the president of NMA, Mr. Santa Bir Lama . The formal program was presided over by the President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Santa Bir Lama. Central Committee Board Member of Nepal Mountaineering Association and Presidents of Pokhara affiliated tourism associations, President of TAAN Pokhara- Sushil Raj Poudel and personalities from different tourism industries attended the program. NMA officials,IMM staff, media persons were also present in the program. General secretary of NMA, Kul Bahadur Gurung conducted the program.
A special corner at the International Mountain Museum about Mr. Mingma Gyabu Sherpa, the Guinness World Record Holder for the youngest person to climb the 7 highest mountains in the world was also inaugurated on the occasion.