Nepalese Embassy in Switzerland along with the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Switzerland, Swiss-Nepalese Society and the Nepali Social Concern Forum (NESCOF) organized a special programme in Bern, Switzerland, to mark the 5th International Mt. Sagarmatha/ Everest Day. Imapct of climate change in the Himalaya, sustainable mountain development agenda and mountain tourism were some of the issues discussed during the program. The program was attended by a large number of Swiss travel agents, tour operators, travel journalists, mountaineers and representatives of NRNA. Swiss mountaineers who had climbed Mt. Everest also shared their experiences. The program concluded with a Nepali cultural program and dinner where authentic Nepali cuisine was served.
Today, ie, 29th May, 2012 marks the Fifth International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day. The Nepalese Himalayan mountaineering fraternity celebrates this day to mark the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on 29th May, 1953. To celebrate the day Namche Festival is being held in Namche Bazaar in Everest Region and the world’s highest marathon Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon which began from Everest Base Camp is underway. In the capital, various mountaineering and tourism organizations are holding special programs to celebrate the special day.
Mount Everest (Pic: Explore Himalaya)