Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 44th Anniversary by organizing a program on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Wednesday.
Tourism Secretary Maheshwor Neupane was the chief guest of the program, while Dinesh Bhattarai, director general of Department of Tourism, as the special guest. Chief Guest Neupane inaugurated the program by watering plants at the program venue.
High ranking government officials, NMA office-bearers, executive committee members, former advisers, and staffers as well as representatives of different organizations participated in the program.
On the occasion, NMA announced recipients of its different awards. It had decided to honor mountaineer Mingma Sherpa, who have climbed all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters, with Kumar Khadka Bikram Adventurous Award. Similarly, Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award will be given to Buddhi Narayan Shrestha in recognition of his contribution in publishing different articles & books relating to mountains and mountain regions. Likewise, Ballav Mani Dahal of The Rising Nepal daily has been selected as the recipient of Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Journalist Award in recognition of his continuous effort in promoting mountain tourism.
NMA has planned to distribute the awards during its upcoming Annual General Assembly.
On the occasion, Chief Guest Neupane distributed certificates to participants and instructors of the 38th Basic Mountaineering Training.