The mourning candle light procession occupied the streets of Kathmandu on May 28 2014. The procession of national and international tourism personals that marched from Thamel ended at the premises of Nepal Tourism Board via King’s Way. During the silent mourning session, the mass gathered at NTB offered condolences to the 16 Sherpa Climbers who died during the brutal Everest Avalanche in April 18. The event on the eve of 7th Everest Day was organized by the private sectors of Nepalese Tourism, Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC).
Early morning on May 29, JTCC organized a rally that kicked off from Thamel and once again reached NTB. The rally adorned by the lights of traditional music and legendary climber Kancha Sherpa comprised hundreds of tourism professionals.
Celebrating 7th Everest Day as well as Republic Day the private sectors of Nepalese Tourism honored Kancha Sherpa, the only living climber of the first successful Everest Expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back in 1953.
The veterans of Nepalese Tourism Industry including the chairman of TAAN Ramesh Dhamala, Chairman of NMA Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter Suman Pandey and Kancha Sherpa among others officially kicked off the ceremony by lighting seven candles during the inauguration of the celebration.
During the celebration Nepalese climbers, Seven Summit Women Team was offered the financial support by the NMA Chairman for their sixth Expedition. Saili Basnet the leader of the team expressed the gratefulness towards private sector of Nepalese tourism for supporting their dreams. Similarly, the next group of Nepalese women climbers led by Maya Sherpa was also financially supported by NMA for the successful upcoming expedition to Mount K2. The cultural dances were also the major highlights of the celebration.
We find it very important that our travelling contributes to the preservation of Nepal’s fragile and beautiful nature. We encourage Kipling Travels and Explore Himalaya to start working with different tea-houses / lodges and hotels on sustainability initiatives- like waste recycling, solar heating etc.