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First Thame Valley (Everest Region) Ice and Rock climbing festival 2021

The first Thame Valley Ice & Rock Festival is going to be organized at Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, which lies northeast of Namche in Everest region, Nepal.

A press meet for the ice climbing festival was held on 18 Jan 2021, at Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Secretariat building. In an hour long conference, members of the climbing team answered queries of the press and explained more about the festival.

The festival is jointly hosted by Yambu Thamichho Kyduk, an NGO based in Kathmandu working for the welfare of Sherpa community and Thamochho Youth Group, a local youth group of the region. The weeklong festival will start from January 22 and conclude on January 29.

According to Mingma Sherpa, chairperson of Yambu Thamichho Kydug, the festival is a special initiative towards promotion of the valley while remembering legendary mountaineers from the region Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, first ascender of Mt Everest, and Ang Rita Sherpa, also known as the ‘snow leopard’, who holds the record for climbing Everest 11 times without oxygen..

Likewise, the region is also home to Appa Sherpa, known as ‘snow cobra’, who has summited Mt Everest 21 times, Kami Rita Sherpa, record holder for summiting Everest 24 times, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa, the first Nepali mountaineer to make successful ascent of the seven summits, Ngima Nuru Sherpa, the youngest climber to scale Everest 22 times.

Issuing a press release at the Mountaineering Association office kathmandu, the organization has informed that the festival will be held at Hungo village for Ice Climbing Spot and Samde village for Rock Climbing Spot on the aforementioned dates.

To further push Nepal’s mountaineering tourism by promoting rock and ice spots in the region, and to impart crucial knowledge and skills of mountain climbing to youths in the area are the two main objectives of this festival, stated chairperson Sherpa.


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