KATHMANDU, Nepal – Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Ram Kumar Shrestha, has requested Nepal Mountaineers’ Association (NMA) to spearhead clean-up campaigns in the Himalayas, so that the natural environment of the magnificent mountains could be preserved and kept intact.
Addressing a function organized to mark the NMA’s four decades of establishment (40th anniversary) in Kathmandu, Minister Shrestha said construction of physical infrastructures and services and facilities to climbers is also expected from the NMA.
On the occasion, Minister Shrestha honoured mountaineers, researchers and journalists for their contribution to the development of mountain tourism in Nepal.
Among the award recipients, mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa was honoured with ‘Kumar Khadga Bikram Adventure Award’.
Similarly, Himalayan Rescue Association was awarded with ‘Late Dr. Harka Mountain Award’, while RSS journalist Bikas Lohani was honoured with ‘Dawa Norbu Tourism Award’.
Likewise, retired employee of NMA and adventure climber Ang Rita Sherpa was also honoured. Certificates were also given away to trainees receiving training on basic mountaineering courses.
The NMA was established on November 1, 1973. It has set up an International Mountain Museum in Pokhara and an International Mountaineering Memorial Park at Kakani of Nuwakot.