The NMA commemorates its 50th anniversary

Kathmandu, Nov 1. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), the country’s only organization dedicated to mountain tourism and environmental preservation, marked a significant milestone as it celebrated its 50th anniversary today. The Golden Jubilee ceremony, held at the Army Officer’s Club in Bhadrakali, was a grand affair, attended by national and international dignitaries.

The ceremony was inaugurated by the Rt. Honorable President of Nepal, Mr. Ramchandra Poudel. Notable figures including the First Lady, Ms. Savita Poudel, the Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Mr. Sudan Kirati, the President of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), Mr. Peter Muir, and the President of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA), Mr. In-Jeong Lee, graced the occasion. Delegates from the UAAA General Assembly 2023, high-level government officials, including Chief Secretary Dr. Baikuntha Aryal, and representatives of various Nepali security agencies were also present.

Rt. Honorable President Poudel applauded the NMA’s efforts in advancing Nepal’s mountain tourism, despite financial constraints, and urged the government to assign the NMA with more responsibilities. He stated, “The Nepal Mountaineering Association’s role in the realm of mountain tourism remains commendable, and I strongly recommend that the Government of Nepal and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation intensify their support for the development and promotion of our mountain tourism.”

Honorable Minister Sudan Kirati emphasized the importance of collaboration in combating global warming, given the impact of climate change on Nepal’s mountains and the natural disasters it triggers. He encouraged collective efforts to make a positive difference.

NMA President Mr. Nima Nuru Sherpa pledged to continue the association’s work in promoting mountain tourism in Nepal. He expressed his gratitude to all who have contributed to the NMA’s growth, stating, “We will continue to excel in our duties in the days to come, as the NMA celebrates its 50th anniversary today.”