The fifth edition of International Mountain Festival is going to be held from December 10 to 12 in Pokhara.
The Festival organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) will be sponsored by Nepal Tourism Board which will mark the International Mountain Day celebrated in December 11 every year. Festival will be venued at International Mountain Museum in Ratopahiro of Pokhara Metropolitan.
The festival is set to change its trend by going big and effective this year in contrast to past four edition organized with scanty resources. In a bid to promote the Festival, Marathon and various side events like himalayan cultural show and tourism related sports like archery competition, horse riding will also be organised.
The marathon event is a major part of promotion plan which will constitute other sports events as well. Kul Bahadur Gurung, Secretary General of NMA informed that marathon event will be named NMA Baikuntha Manandhar Himalayan Marathon to acknowledge the contribution of Baikuntha Manandhar in Nepalese Athletics history. Gurung added that the male will compete in 45 km ultra marathon while female category will compete in half marathon.
Similarly Gurung informed that NMA Himalayan Cycling, Toni Hegan Tourism Painting Competition and Food and Culinary Competition will be other events of attraction of the festival. The top three food recipe will bag a prize of 10 thousands, 7 thousand and 5 thousands respectively.
Santa Bir Lama Chairman of NMA informed that the festival will fete famous Mountain Climbers on December 11. Lama added that the festival will feature about 40 different stalls from the field of Science and Technology as well as varieties of Food stalls, stalls of Handicraft and tourism related items and information centres as well.
Organiser NMA informed that the entry will be free to spectators of festival. NMA also informed that a 81 membered Organiser Committee has been formed to successfully complete the festival. Sudarshan Neupane, Treasurer of NMA said that the main aim of including sports event was to create a festive mood among the spectators. The total cost of festival is estimated to be approximate 8 millions.