Nepal celebrated the 9th International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day with a colorful celebration in Kathmandu on May 29.
The program started with a morning procession from Sanchaya Kosh Building, Thamel. The procession passed through Keshar Mahal, Narayanhiti Museum, Duarbarmarg, Ghantaghar and Ratnapark before concluding at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
Everest Summiteers and other mountaineers, high-level government officials, representatives from different tourism associations and other tourism organizations, among others, were present in the program.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli inaugurated the program by offering garland to the statues of first Everest summiteers — Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary — and Boris Lisanevich.
After the welcome speech by Ang Tshering Sherpa, Member Secretary of International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day Main Organizing Committee and President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), a minute of silence was observed in memory of known and unknown mountaineers who lost their life in Nepal.
Everest expedition, which had stopped after an avalanche hit climbing parties in spring of 2014, resumed this year, recording more than 400 successful summits.
On the occasion, PM Oli released first day cancellation of a special stamp published to mark International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day.
On behalf of all Nepali Everest summiteers, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa requested the government to ensure retirement plan and policy for mountaineers Sherpa and financial support to climbers who suffered physical disabilities during expeditions. He also suggested deputing a separate specialized rope fixing team above Camp Two of Mt Everest.
Similarly, on behalf of the foreign Everest summiteers, Isaih Paul Janzen from USA shared his experience of climbing Mt. Everest.
On the occasion, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, highlighted contribution of mountain tourism in Nepal’s overall tourism.