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set to Observe Grand Golden Jubilee of Mt. Cho-Oyu after Mt. Everest
Majesty's Government has adopted a policy to celebrate Golden Jubilee
Anniversary of accent on the Himalayan peaks above 8000 meters. Inspired by
the grand success of the Mount Everest Golden Jubilee in May 2003, Nepal is
now preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mount Cho-Oyu (8201 meters
or 26,900 feet) on October 19, 2004. The Golden Jubilee celebration of Mount
Everest (8848 meters) brought an overwhelming number of mountaineers and
international media to Nepal. During this period Nepal was on limelight
through the pervasive coverage in major electronic and print media. The event
was successful on portraying the image of Nepal, as a major happening place on
the earth and elevating the enchanting destination status to a tectonic
The mega event "Grand Golden Jubilee of Mount Cho-Oyu after Mt. Everest" is so
designed to celebrate one of humankind's greatest achievements by setting
footprint on the world's sixth highest peak on the planet. This historic event
will further signify the glory of the peak and fetch in positive publicity not
only about Nepal as a most happening destination but also as a pioneer player
in the arena of mountain sports and adventure activities. Series of lined up
activities as part of this event will also encourage all spectrum of people
wishing to visit Nepal.
The Cho Oyu Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee headed by the Secretary,
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has innumerable events to
celebrate beginning from October 17, 2004. The grand finale of the Cho Oyu
Golden Jubilee Celebration will be held on October 19, 2004. The last leg of
the program will conclude with the felicitation to the successful luminaries
of Cho Oyu- S. Joechler, H. Tichy of Austria and P. Dawa Lama of Nepal, who
has set the record by setting their first foot while ascending Mount Cho Oyu
on October 19, 1954.
Cho Oyu sits astride the border of Nepal and Tibet, about 20 miles west of
Mount Everest. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Cho Oyu is
translated in Tibetan as "the goddess of the turquoise." A famous trade route
crossed Nangpa La pass, just west of Cho Oyu, and very close to the Advanced
Base Camp. From Tibet, salt used to be brought over this pass to Namche Bazaar
(Khumbu's commerce center) in exchange for grain from the south.
Some programs designed to mark one of the most important days in the history
of Nepal's mountaineering include Street Festival and Food Festival in Thamel
and Patan, Philatelic Exhibition at Patan Durbar Square, Puspha Bristi or
showering of flowers at Tundikhel, Civic reception for the successful Mount
Cho-Oyu summiteers at Durbar Square Kathmandu, colourful procession, cultural
program, bringing out the commemorative stamps, symposium, felicitation of the
Cho-Oyu ascenders and Gala Dinners.
As per the policy of opening more mountains for climbing the government has
already opened 326 peaks for climbing. Similarly, it has come up with
different tourism friendly policies to facilitate the mountain tourism to
contribute to the economic growth. Some of the proactive steps that the
government has already taken towards this end include waiving royalty fees for
20 peaks, reducing royalty fees by 75% for 40 peaks and provision of liaison
officers for peaks above 6500 meters only. It is worthy to mention here that
mountain tourism generated over Rs. 18 Crores from royalty fee in 2003.
At a time when tourism has become a major forex earning source of the country
and mountain tourism a major part of it, celebration of such occasions is
expected to help boost the country's tourism industry as well as promote Nepal
as one of the outstanding tourist destinations in the world.
Thus, His Majesty's Government of Nepal expects to enhance the glory of Nepal
in the international tourism marketplace and also promote domestic tourism by
organizing a variety of programs commemorating the first ascend to different
peaks above 8000 meters.
The implementing agency for carrying out all the activities/programs
concerning the Grand Golden Jubilee of Mt. Cho-Oyu after Mt. Everest will be
Nepal Mountaineering Association.
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