11th International Sagarmatha Day - 29th May

Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation organized a program to celebrate 11th International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day on 29th May 2018. The program started with the morning procession from Sanchaya Kosh Building, Thamel and concluded at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Then Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Chairman for International Sagarmatha Day Main Organizing Committee and Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation offered garland to the statues of Tenzing Sherpa, Edmund Hillary and Boris Lisanevich. The Chief Guest for the program was Hon'ble Minister Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation Bina Magar.

Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Chairman for International Sagarmatha Day Main Organizing Committee and Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, high level government officials, Everest summiteers and other mountaineers, advisors and members of Nepal mountaineering Association (NMA), and representative from different tourism related organization were present in the program.

After welcome speech by Mr. Santa Bir Lama, Member Secretary for 11th International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day main Organizing Committee and President, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) program observed one minute silence in the memory of deceased mountaineers. During the program Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi expressed his view on importance of mountain tourism for the development of tourism sector in Nepal. Mr. Mingma Sherpa- the first Nepali mountaineer to climb all the fourteen mountains above 8000 m, also shared his experience of climbing 7 highest peaks of different continent. Dr. Seth Sicroff, Project Director of Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal project highlighted on Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. This was followed by the signing ceremony between NMA and Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal project for the distribution of Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal on the occasion of International Mountain Day on 11th December at International Mountain Museum, Pokhara.

Hon'ble Minister Bina Magar, Minister for Water Supply inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp. The Chief Guest also distribute following award and cash prize to the institute and the individuals.

National Sagarmatha Award Rs. 1,00,000/- Nepal Mountaineering Instructors' Association Tenzing Hillary Award Cash Prize Rs. 50,000/-

  1. Mr. Kami Rita Sherpa First mountaineer to climb Mt. Everest 22 times
  2. Ms. Lhakpa Sherpa First Nepali woman to climb Mt. Everest 9 times
  3. Captain Siddhartha Gurung

Chief Guest also handover Guinness World Record Certificates to the most ascents of Everest is 61 by 7 Nepalese siblings of Mr. Nima Chhiri Sherpa and Mrs. Pema Futi Sherpa. Finally the program concluded with the vote of thanks by Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Chairman for International Sagarmatha Day Main Organizing Committee and Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

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