Namche Festival 2012 will be held from 27th to 29th May, 2012 at Namche Bazaar in Everest Region. The inauguration of the festival coincides with the Fifth International Sagarmatha Day. Namche Festival will feature cultural programs (folk dances, songs, masked dance etc. and will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpas living in the Solu Khumbu region. The festival will also provide a platform to raise public awareness on the adverse impact of climate change.
Namche Bazaar – Sherpa capital (Pic: Explore Himalaya)
The much awaited annual high altitude running competition in Khumbu, the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon will be held on May 29th. The participants will race from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar.This year’s race is expected to raise awareness on environmental pollution and climate change. The marathon’s organizing committee have signed an agreement with Extreme Everest Expeditions (EEE) to bring down the waste from the region. According to a press release issued by the organizers, 31 Sherpas of EEE have collected over 2,000 kg of wastes from above 8,000m. Participants are expected to help by volunteering to carry at least 500 grams of waste each from the base camp to Namche Bazaar. The organizers remain confident of the participants support in cleaning up the mountain.