May 02 , 2016
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation together with different travel trade associations, including Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), organized series of programs on April 30 as part of the Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
The celebrations began with a colorful procession that began from Khullamanch and went through Kantipath, Thamel, Sorakhutte and Lainchour before concluding at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum premises. Army band, dhime troupe and colorful performance of different ethnic groups were the major attractions of the rally. Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers were paraded in open jeeps.
TAAN office-bearers, member companies and staffers participated in the rally.
Similarly, Kathmandu Metropolitan City offered civic reception to legendary mountaineer Minoru Higeta -- the only survivor of the first successful expedition to Manaslu. Junko Tabie, the first woman to climb Mt Everest, was also present on the occasion.
Likewise, President Bidya Devi Bhandari honored Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers later in the day. The President felicitated Minoru Higeta, Pertemba Sherpa, Billi Berling, Mingma Sherpa, Ted Atkins and Pemba Norbu Sherpa, among others.
"Sixty years ago, I stood on top of Mt Manaslu," Higeta said, speaking at the program. "My team was fortunate to be blessed by fine weather and strong support from Nepali Sherpas."
Minister for Information and Communications Sher Dhan Rai, Swiss Ambassador Urs Harrens and Japanese Ambassador Masashi Ogawa were present at the program.
Japanese ambassador Masashi Ogawa said the Japanese expedition's successful ascent of Manaslu gave courage and hope to the Japanese people who were, at the time, demoralized by their defeat in World War II.
Later in the day, a conference was also organized on 'Challenges and Opportunities to Promote Mountain Tourism in Manaslu and Lhotse Area'. The conference dwelt on challenges and opportunities in Manaslu and Lhotse area.