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Nepal to mark diamond jubilee of man's conquest of Mt. Qomolangma
Last Updated: 2013-05-13 22:48 | Xinhua
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The Nepali government is going to organize special programs in Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) region and the capital city here to celebrate the diamond jubilee of man' s conquest on the highest peak of the Earth, officials said on Monday.

Such programs will be organized between May 27 and 29 to mark the first ascent of Qomolangma on May 29, 1953 by Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary.

"This will be a special occasion in the world history of mountaineering and Nepalese tourism stakeholders will cherish the jubilant and festive-mood with the series of events marking the 60th anniversary," Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Secretariat under Nepal Tourism Board said in a press release.

As a part of the celebration, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Mountaineering Association in close association with the entire industry will organize various programs, the Secretariat said.

The Nepali government has allocated 30 million rupees (340,909 U.S. dollars) for the programs.

The government plans to award Diamond Jubilee medals to all Mt. Qomolangma record holders and for that purpose, the government has invited all record holders in Nepal to come into contact.

As per the detail program made public by Nepal Tourism Board, a special conference will be organized on May 29 in Khumbu region, which will discuss about mountain tourism in the presence of national and international dignitaries.

Similarly, special Diamond Jubilee programs will be organized at Khumjung School on May 29 and a postal stamp will be released to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

On the occasion of this historic celebration, the Nepali government has already decided to waive the royalty fees for mountain peaks of mid-western and far-western region for climbers.

Nepali missions in the various countries are also promoting Jubilee celebration programs.

Similarly, awareness programs on the importance of mountain and tourism, concessions in the tourism services to Qomolangma summiteers, Qomolangma cleaning expedition, inter-college essay competition and art and photo exhibitions related to Qomolangma are other programs being organized to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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