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April 27 , 2016
Preparations to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse is at the final stage.
The Manaslu and Lhotse Diamond Jubilee Main Organizing Committee is organizing Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Kathmandu on April 30 by organizing series of programs. Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is a member of the main organizing committee.
Speaking at a press meet organized in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Prem Kumar Rai, who is also the chairman of the main organizing committee, said all summiteers of Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse have been invited to Kathmandu to join the celebration.
Mt Manaslu was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi of Japan and Gyalzen Sherpa of Nepal, who were the members of a Japanese expedition, on May 9, 1956. Similarly, Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger of a French expedition were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt Lhotse on May 18, 1956. More than 1,000 climbers from different countries have reached the summit of Manaslu, while around 600 have successfully climbed Lhotse.
According to the program, Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers will be a part of the colorful procession which begins from Tundikhel and concludes at Narayanhiti Museum. Minoru Higeta, a member of the first successful expedition to Mt Manaslu, will be the attraction of the celebration. Similarly, Kathmandu Metropolitan City will organize a civic reception of Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers in the presence of President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the Narayanhiti Museum on the same day. Later in the day, a workshop on 'Challenges & Opportunities to Promote Mountain Tourism in Manaslu and Lhotse Area' will be organized in Kathmandu.
"We also have plans to organize clean up campaigns in Manaslu and Lhotse base camps," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association – the member secretary of the main organizing committee, said. "We will join hands with local organizations for that," he added.
Though invitations have been sent to all Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers, only around 300 are expected to participate in the event as this happens to be the middle of the climbing season and many climbers are busy in their expeditions, according to Sherpa.