Nepalese cabinet ministers held a special cabinet meeting at Kala Patthar (17,192 ft) plateau, at the base of Mt. Everest on December 4, 2009. Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and 23 other ministers were flown by helicopters for the meeting. During the meeting, a 10-point ‘Everest Declaration’ which calls for concerted actions to minimize adverse effects of climate change in the Himalayan region was released. The meeting, which cost almost NRS 6 million to organize, was funded by private agencies and organizations from the tourism sector. Mr. Suman Pandey, Planning & Operation Coordinator of the event, said that organizing the meeting at such a high altitude was a big achievement.
Sherpas from the Khumbu region dressed in traditional attire, welcome the Ministers at Gorakh Shep, EBC
MoTCA Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari reads something as the rest of the ministers pose for a group photograph
Mr. Suman Pandey- Planning & Operation coordinator of the event (wearing red & black jacket)
A walk to rememeber – Ministers walk down the Kala Patthar Plateau
PM Nepal wearing an oxygen mask
The Highest Cabinet Meeting in progress – At Kala Patthar Plateau (17,192 ft/5242m)